Bo Diddley - Black Gladiator - LP

Bo Diddley - Black Gladiator - LP

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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) and Howlin’ Wolf (The Howlin’ Wolf Album), 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 finest 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 Hammond 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 its release in June 1970. Still, its tough grooves and bold, black, and beautiful sleeve design has been a soulful secret in many a record collection.

    Artist: Bo Diddley
    Produced  by: Bo Diddley
    Originally Released in:1970
    Number of Discs: 1
    Label: Checker
    Condition: New/ Sealed

Track Listing:

A1         Elephant Man     
A2         You, Bo Diddley     
A3         Black Soul     
A4         Power House         
A5         If The Bible's Right
B1         I've Got A Feeling     
B2         Shut Up, Woman         
B3         Hot Buttered Blues     
B4         Funky Fly         
B5         I Don't Like You

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