1983 – The Nighthawk EP
Black Friday titles will be available to buy online at 10am Saturday 27th November 2021 and in-store Friday 26th November 2021.
Available for Record Store Day Black Friday Their 1983 EP featuring a cover of Bob Marley’s “Fussing And Fighting” returns on vinyl Pressed on translucent yellow vinyl with opaque green and red splatter. Gladiators were founded by Albert Griffiths in 1968 after he experienced positive reactions to his early solo singles. Success came quickly for the new roots reggae band with “Hello Carol” which topped the charts in Jamaica. Working at Studio One in the early ’70s, the Gladiators produced a string of hits; “Roots Natty,” “Bongo Red,” and “Jah Jah Go Before Us.” Naturally the major labels came calling and the band was signed to Virgin Records where they cut albums for the rest of the decade.
They started by revisiting their history on the classic, Trenchtown Mix Up, their Virgin debut, on which the Gladiators recorded new versions of their early hits. Roots reggae underwent a decline in popularity during the ’80s, but it was a busy decade for the Gladiators who were at the height of their powers. They recorded eleven albums during the decade, including three for the U.S. label, Nighthawk Records (now owned by Omnivore Recordings). The Nighthawk albums include Symbol Of Reality (1982), Serious Thing (1984), and their collaboration with Leonard Dillon (the Ethiopian) Dread Prophecy (1986). A CD compilation, Full Time, was released in 1992, containing previously unissued tracks left off the Nighthawk albums plus 1983 U.S. Tour-E.P., which was only issued on vinyl. Now, nearly 4 decades later, the 6-track E.P., rechristened as 1983 – The Nighthawk EP returns on vinyl.
While the original was issued on clear vinyl, the new version for Record Store Day Black Friday is available on translucent yellow vinyl with opaque green and red splatter, in a four colour sleeve. (The remastered material was previously released on the 2017 reissue of Full Time.) So, feel the vibrations and venture back to 1983!