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.  Also included is an article on the group which was published in the October 2, 1979 issue of New Musical Express.

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Bongo Red
Talkin’ Blues
Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
Sun Is Shining
War/No More Trouble/Crazy Baldhead/Get Up Stand Up/Exodus
Small Axe
Fire Deh A Mus Mus Tail

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Bob Marley interview, The Berkeley Barb, Oakland, 1976

Peter van Arnhem
Contributing Editor

As we continue to mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley we share with you a rarely circulated interview which catches Marley in Oakland, CA.  The interview was conducted by Jeff Cathrow and Eugenia Polos in a motel in San Fransisco most likely on May 29/30, 1976 as Bob was in town to play Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.  He will play the Santa Barbara County Bowl on May 31, 1976 and then on to Europe where the band plays the Sunrise Festival in Offenburg, Germany on June 6, 1976.

It is a fascinating interview as Marley gives his reasons for not playing many shows in his native Jamaica over the previous several years (“you no get good equipment.  Y’know, you can’t fuck aroun’ like a foolish one.  It ain’t funny, y’know?”).  He also speaks about the government as vampires (the govamint is a t’ing ya call, uh, ever ‘ear ’bout Jacula?…Govamint—vahmpire.”).  These words would later appear in the song “Babylon System” from the Survival album.

Bob also talks at length about his father, a white military man from England, which is something he rarely talked about in an interview such as this one.  It is while discussing his father that he says something profound, something that indicates a type of self-awareness and duty to fellow man:

“For out of black and white came I.  And I say, ‘Black and white must come together.'”

It is this type of self-awareness, that his existence – the gift he has been given to communicate his message to the world through music – that really sets Bob apart from the other rock and roll artists of our time.

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The Berkeley Barb, July 22-28, 1977

The Berkeley Barb, July 22-28, 1977

Jah Raver’s Freddie McGregor Vinyl Selections

Included here are several rare Freddie McGregor vinyl selections from my record collection.

Rare 12″ mix of “Across The Border” issued on a RAS 12″ in 1984 in the run up to the Across The Border LP release.  Features the Studio One Band…

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“Chant It Down” with rare version…

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“Sargeant Brown” featuring Soul Syndicate on the riddim.  Issued on a Priest Hood 7″.

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Rare extended mix of “Rastaman Camp” from Studio One…

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Rare alternate mix of “Brotherman” from the Come On Over LP.

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“Rasta Man” 7″ mix…

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“Big Ship” issued on a Thompson Sounds 7″…

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“Yes I Am Ready”/”Try Love” 12″ issued on the Live & Learn label…

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And don’t miss The Roots of Freddie McGregor – an exclusive Jah Raver mix of Freddie’s foundation roots tunes.

1.Rastaman Camp
2.Peaceful Man
3.Big Ship
4.Big Ship (Version)
5.Brotherman
6.Shortman
7.Shirley Come Over
8.We Got Love
9.Apple Of My Eye
10.Walls Of Jericho
11.Jah Can Count On I
12.All In The Same Boat
13.Rhythm So Nice
14.Jah Is The Don
15.Natty Dread
16.I Am A Revolutionist
17.Rasta Have Faith
18.Freddie
19.Chant It Down
20.War Mongers
21.Out Of The Valley
22.Across The Border
23.I Man A Rasta

Jesse Royal impressive in US live performance debut

On one of the coldest nights of the year a near-capacity crowd showed up at Washington DC’s 930 Club to witness Jesse Royal‘s debut live performance in the US. The “Small Axe” performed a blistering set of singles from his popular mixtapes backed by the incredibly adept and well-rehearsed King Suns band.

Royal was in town to play the Bob Marley Birthday Bash on Friday, February 6, 2015 – the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley (February 6, 1945).  Also on the bill were legendary “reggae ambassadors” Third World, who lost their beloved lead singer William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke last February. Virginia’s own Dub Architect served up the crowd with a heavy set of live dub mixes, including his own dub mixes of several of Bob Marley’s most beloved tunes.

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