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18th August 2017

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PRESENTING THE GLADIATORS1
The Gladiators (1977)

Studio One
matrix: SOL 1133 A / SOL 1133 B

PRESENTING THE GLADIATORS2
The Gladiators (2000)

Studio One
matrix: SOL 1133 A / SOL 1133 - B

PRESENTING THE GLADIATORS3
The Gladiators

Studio One CD

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Hello Carol; Rainy Night In Georgia; Jah Almighty; Love And Meditation; On The Other Side // Jah Go Before Us; Stop This Fussing (Peace Truce); My Thoughts; Easy Squeeze; Uptown Rebel (Downtown Rebel)

Original Jamaican issue and represses. The titles are taken from the labels rather than the sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Albert Griffiths formed The Gladiators in 1966 with David Webber and Errol Grandison. The first single they recorded for Studio One was Hello Carol, which was released in the same year. In the early 1970s Webber and Grandison were replaced by Clinton Fearon and Gallimore Sutherlands, and it is the trio of Griffiths, Fearon and Sutherland who can be heard on the remainder of the tracks collected here.

It would seem that the LP was hastily put together to cash in on the group's recent international success with the Trenchtown Mix Up album, released on the Virgin label in 1976. There is no catalogue number, the titles on the sleeve are incorrect, there are no sleeve notes and the album is housed in a rather rudimentary monochrome sleeve. But none of this can detract from the quality of the music.

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Hello Carol; Rainy Night In Georgia; Jah Almighty; Love And Meditation; On The Other Side // My Thoughts; Downtown Rebel; Stop This Fussing (Peace Truce); My Thoughts; Downtown Rebel; Re-Arrange

Side 1 is a repress of the original issue, Side 2 is an unfortunate remix with added instrumenation. My Thoughts and Downtown Rebel are repeated, with the consequence that we lose Jah Go Before Us and Easy Squeeze. And surely the sleeve is only a second generation photocopy of the original black & white cover. The only way to tell the difference between the two issues is the added hyphen in the B side matrix.
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Hello Carol; Rainy Night In Georgia; Jah Almighty; Love And Meditation; On The Other Side;Tribulation; Jah Jah Go Before Us; Roots Natty Roots; Peace Truce; My Thoughts; Down Town Rebel; Re-Arrange

Studio One CD with 12 tracks, including Roots Natty Roots (listed but not included on the original vinyl issue), Tribulation and Re-Arrange, but omitting Easy Squeeze.