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GCD 8925 The Gladiators & Israel Vibration

Live at Reggae Sunsplash
     

Tracks:

1. Roots Natty- Gladiators (3:43)
2. Fight To Survive- Israel Vibration (2:55)
3. Stick A Bush- Gladiators (5:45)
4. Highway Robbery- Israel Vibration (4:05)
5. Hello Carol- The Gladiators (4:15)
6. Never Gonna Hurt Me Again- Israel Vibration (4:10)
7. Bongo Red- Gladiators (4:25)
8. Jah Jah Time Has Come- Israel Vibration (3:10)
9. Small Axe- Gladiators (4:00)
10. Friday Evening- Israel Vibration (3:50)
11. War- Gladiators (4:40)
12. Licks and Kicks- Israel Vibration (3:35)

Buy this CD for $11.00

Recorded live at the 1982 Reggae Sunplash Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica, this CD focuses on two solid reggae groups -- the Gladiators and Israel Vibration -- both of whom are in excellent form. Hearing the Jamaican groups side by side, it's easy to hear the parallels -- both use their music to promote a Rastafarian message, and both favor a classic, unpretentious approach to reggae that has a lot more in common with 1960s soul music than the slick urban contemporary recordings that were coming out in 1982. When the Gladiators tear into "Stick a Bush," "Hello Carol" and "Bongo Red" and Vibration offers "Highway Robbery," "Licks and Kicks" and "Jah Jah Time Has Come," it's impossible not to think of the debt that both acts owe to the great African-American R&B of the 1960s. Another high point of the CD is the Gladiators' inspired performance of Bob Marley's 1976 hit "War." Marley had died the previous year, and the reggae community was still having a hard time accepting the loss. This is a disc that both soul and reggae fans will appreciate.

-- Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

*Best of Artist* Pick. 

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