The elder Griffiths founded the Gladiators in in Jamaica, and the name has been synonymous with quality roots reggae and harmony ever since. If Father and Sons is indeed Albert 's swan song as a Gladiator , then he has chosen to step back on a high note, since every track here is solid, with wonderful vocals and a bright, warm, and slightly nostalgic tone augmented by crack Jamaican session players Dwight Pinkney , Dean Fraser and Bongo Herman , among others.
Griffiths ' voice is a little more hoarse than in the old days, but it cracks and breaks in all the right places, giving his singing a comforting wisdom on strong songs like "Promise Me," "Can't Get Around Me," "Holding On," and "Captivity," all of which have a distinct autumnal tone, as if he is indeed summing everything up one last time.
Son Al Griffiths handles some of the leads here, but it is nearly impossible to tell which vocal lines are his and which are his father's, and it would appear that the future of the Gladiators is in good hands. The proof will be in the songwriting, though, since the elder Griffiths penned everything on Father and Sons. A delightful album of bright, warm roots reggae, Father and Sons , if it is to serve as Albert Griffiths ' retirement speech, certainly lives up to the Gladiators legacy.
But that realness is complimented by some super-impressive especially by circa standards digital effects.
Digital was used when necessary either to recreate what is long gone or to enhance things—the size of the Colosseum, for example. Scott famously remarked that the real Colosseum wasn't big enough for his purposes. They also made very good use of some green screen tigers. But Gladiator does, in many instances, showcase the way that film and digital effects can work harmoniously. While the first two rows of the made-for- Gladiator replica of the Colosseum were filled with actual people extras, mostly , while the remaining stands were filled with cardboard cutouts.
During post-production, the savvy digital dudes over at The Mill added additional tiers to the shots, along with lots of other fancy effects. The character of Proximo's another example of the way in which the film blends both film and digital.
The late, great Oliver Reed, who plays Proximo, died during the making of the film. But death is only a minor hiccup when it comes to movie magic. The guys over The Mill used shots of a stunt double in the shadows, and then overlaid a digital version of Reed's face. Total amount of face-time added: two minutes. Cost: 3. But hey, when your budget's somewhere around million, you can afford to spend that much to get the best.
And get the best the producers did. Juba's wonderment upon seeing the Colosseum for the first time—"I didn't know man could build such things"—is our own upon viewing Gladiator and its stunning mixture of two filmic modes: we didn't know man could make Oliver Reed and ancient Rome come back to life.
We're only sort of kidding. The film's score is alternately heroic and uplifting and mysterious and somber. The film's first sequence of songs, "Progeny," "The Wheat," and "The Battle" foreshadow both other songs in the film and the film's events as a whole.
This piece moves swiftly into " The Wheat ", which is similarly eerie but adds a woman's ethereal voice to the mix. Gracchus Djimon Hounsou Juba David Schofield Falco John Shrapnel Gaius Tomas Arana Quintus Ralf Moeller Hagen Spencer Treat Clark Lucius David Hemmings Cassius Tommy Flanagan Cicero Sven-Ole Thorsen Tigris Omid Djalili Slave Trader Nicholas McGaughey Praetorian Officer Chris Kell Scribe Tony Curran Assassin 1 Mark Lewis Assassin 2 John Quinn Valerius Alun Raglan Praetorian Guard 1 David Bailie Engineer Chick Allan Narrator Ray Calleja Lucius' Attendant Giannina Facio Maximus' Wife Giorgio Cantarini Maximus' Son Allan Corduner Trainer 1 extended edition as Alan Corunder Michael Mellinger Trainer 2 extended edition Said Amel Proximo's Man extended edition Adam Levy Officer 1 extended edition Gilly Gilchrist Officer 2 extended edition Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Paul Bateman Now we are free Maximus Mix.
Decca UCCL Duduk Of The North. Rome Is The Light. All That Remains. Marrakesh Marketplace. The Mob. Not Yet featuring dialogue by Djimon Hounsou. Image supplied by Dennis Zomerhuis.
Decca Records The Wheat The Battle Earth Sorrow To Zucchabar Patricide The Emperor Is Dead The Might Of Rome Strength And Honor Reunion Slaves To Rome Barbarian Horde Elysium Honor Him Maximus guitar solos by Heitor Pereira. Marrakesh Marketplace composed by Jeff Rona. Image supplied by edern. Progeny Composed by Hans Zimmer. Jamaican reggae singer and musician. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources.
Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately , especially if potentially libelous or harmful.The Gladiators are a Jamaican roots reggae band, most popular during the s. The core was Albert Griffiths (guitarist and singer), Clinton Fearon (bassist and singer) and Gallimore Sutherland rhythm guitar and singer. The two most famous albums are Trenchtown Mix Up () and Proverbial Reggae () with songs as "Hearsay", "Jah Works", "Dreadlocks the Time is Now".