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“Sparring with the Gladiators”

Included here is one deadly Gladiators track. Issued by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd in 1979, “Tribulation” features Clinton Fearon and the Gladiators over a timeless Sound Dimensions dancehall riddim. Carlton Livingston revisits the riddim on “Trodding Through the Jungle.” One of my favorite Gladiators tunes. Here is a feature...
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Gladiators Live, The Haunt, Ithaca, NY, 1987

Here is an excellent soundboard recording of the Gladiators performing some of their most beloved tunes at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on February 27, 1987.  Fantastic set which also includes several Bob Marley tunes and a Yabby You tune as well. Gladiators w/ Yabby You / The...
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The Gladiators

One of the very best…ever. One likkle note.  Notice the similarity between “Rich Man Poor Man” (“Don’t cry my brothers…CRY!”) and Burning Spear’s “Call On You (The Sun).”  Don’t know if any similarity is intended, however, both groups emerge out of Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in the mid-1970s....
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The Gladiators w/ Israel Vibration Live Reggae Sunsplash 1982

This is one of those rare moments when everything comes together just right resulting in one of the more memorable live reggae recordings of the past 50 years. GLADIATORS LIVE WITH ISRAEL VIBRATION REGGAE SUNSPLASH WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 1982 JARRETT PARK, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Gladiators, The –     Roots Natty...
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