Bongo Red

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This superb collection, which consists primarily of rare tracks, shows Albert Griffiths and his band at the height of their powers in the early to mid-'70s. The core of the album is fifteen tracks recorded at Clement Dodd's Studio One, and there's a surprising variety of sound in evidence, from the drum machine-driven version of "Roots Natty" to the dark and reverb-drenched setting of "Bongo Red." While the Gladiators were a harmony trio along the same general lines as the Mighty Diamonds and Culture, they distinguished themselves from their peers by being accomplished instrumentalists as well; they play with a tight assurance that underscores their vocals nicely. As a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This superb collection, which consists primarily of rare tracks, shows Albert Griffiths and his band at the height of their powers in the early to mid-'70s. The core of the album is fifteen tracks recorded at Clement Dodd's Studio One, and there's a surprising variety of sound in evidence, from the drum machine-driven version of "Roots Natty" to the dark and reverb-drenched setting of "Bongo Red." While the Gladiators were a harmony trio along the same general lines as the Mighty Diamonds and Culture, they distinguished themselves from their peers by being accomplished instrumentalists as well; they play with a tight assurance that underscores their vocals nicely. As a special bonus, this album is appended by two songs "Time" and "Ungrateful Girl" recorded with Lee Perry at his legendary Black Ark studio. "Ungrateful Girl," in particular, shows a powerful synergy between the Gladiators and the Upsetter; the singing is top-rate and Perry achieves a guitar sound that is both perfect and slightly bizarre. This is an unusual but essential reggae document.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/1998
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661766228
  • Catalog Number: 617662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roots Natty (2:42)
  2. 2 Watch Out (2:45)
  3. 3 Bongo Red (5:04)
  4. 4 A Prayer to Thee (3:09)
  5. 5 Happy Man (2:44)
  6. 6 Mr. Sweet (2:21)
  7. 7 Fling It Gimme (2:58)
  8. 8 Don't Fool the Young Girls (3:59)
  9. 9 Pretending (2:56)
  10. 10 So Fine (3:26)
  11. 11 I Said I Love You (3:03)
  12. 12 Seven Times to Rise (2:52)
  13. 13 Millionaire of Love (2:28)
  14. 14 The Kicks (2:27)
  15. 15 Tribulation (3:44)
  16. 16 Time (2:21)
  17. 17 Ungrateful Girl (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gladiators Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles Bass
Boris Gardiner Bass
Richard Ace Organ
Noel Benbow Drums
Phil Callender Drums
Clinton Fearon Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rick Frater Guitar
Albert Griffiths Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Denzel Laing Percussion
Robert Lyn Piano
Clinton Rufus Guitar
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Benbow Drums
Audley Taylor Keyboards
Gallimore Sutherland Gut String Guitar
Errol Grandison Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Webber Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Joe Isaacs Drums
Technical Credits
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer, Engineer
Albert Griffiths Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer, Engineer
Chris Wilson Liner Notes
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