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ARTIST
TITLE
The Black Gladiator
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
FDR 600CD FDR 600CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/13/2012

"While the sixties came to a close , Diddley may have been working at a less prolific pace than during his earlier heyday, but the man was certainly charged up and ready to drop a full-blown musical bomb. In an attempt to fit in with the current youth oriented scene (Sly and the Family Stone, Rare Earth, The Rolling Stones) and recent acid rock audience targeted albums by label mates Muddy Waters (Electric Mud LPS 314LP) and Howlin ' Wolf (The Howtin' Wolf Album GET 54038CD/LP), Bo would further push the boundaries with the release of The Black Gladiator. The album would modernize his blues-rock sound with a rugged funk edge, while retaining the spirit and humor of his fine work and feature an album cover of the man donning a bodacious leather belt/pseudo S&M get up that would put Isaac Hayes ' chain link vestments to shame. Across ten wild child tracks, the future rock and roll hall of fame inductee hits hard on every note. There are raw gospel shouts, ripping guitar, fatback drums, gritty Hanunond organ, and even a round of the dozens with Cookie Vee (Cornelia Redmond). Originally lost amidst a new decade and changing soundscapes, The Black Gladiator never really registered upon it s release in June 1970. Still, it's tough grooves and bold, black, and beautiful sleeve design has been a soulful secret in many a record collection. Replete with extensive liner notes by Scott Schnider and remasterinq from the original tapes by engineer Dave Cooley (Elysian Masters), the re-release makes The Black Gladiator finally ready for battle again."