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Original Rockers
Augustus Pablo
Original Rockers
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
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In retrospect, it's difficult to believe that this remarkable dub recording dates from 1979. Augustus Pablo, a musician of undervalued imagination and talent, lays down some eerie and hauntingly beautiful dub on this proje...  more »


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All Artists: Augustus Pablo
Title: Original Rockers
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Original Release Date: 1/1/1991
Re-Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351440822, 016351440846, 601811100813, 669910127469

In retrospect, it's difficult to believe that this remarkable dub recording dates from 1979. Augustus Pablo, a musician of undervalued imagination and talent, lays down some eerie and hauntingly beautiful dub on this project, which came during the peak of his creative and commercial success. Accented by his thin, arching melodica, Pablo's dub is deep and heady, barely giving way to the percolating vocals that only suggest melodies and lyrics, rather than stating them outright. Original Rockers was recorded at the legendary studio of the great reggae producer King Tubby, and though the recording quality varies wildly, the thoughtful, quiet dub moves forward without hesitation. --S. Duda

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kaysixone | Manchester, UK | 08/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Augustus Pablo was one of the most original and gifted of the Jamaican artists who emerged during the 1970's. As well as releasing a large number of mainly instrumental and dub recordings under his own name, he worked extensively as a session musician and was also successful as a producer, with credits on a formidable array of great records by the likes of Jacob Miller, Hugh Mundell, Junior Delgado and others.Pablo's music is instantly recognisable and is one of the most distinctive sounds in reggae: tight rhythms, sparse arrangements and simple but flowing melody lines, usually in a minor key, with either a keyboard (organ, piano or clavinet) or more often his famous melodica as the lead instrument. It has been described as his "far eastern" style, of which the sublime "Up warrika hill" on this album is a perfect example."Original rockers" was first released in 1979 and is a compilation of tracks that appeared on various singles from 1972 to 1975. It includes some of Pablo's very earliest work for producer Clive Chin alongside more accomplished self-produced material mixed by King Tubby, with whom Pablo enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership. It isn't really a dub album, and with one or two exceptions (notably "Jah dread" and "Park lane special") contains little in the way of fx from Tubby's mixing desk. "Braces a boy" features a toast from Dillinger and other tracks have spoken intros or snatches of vocals which occasionally surface in the mix, but it's mainly instrumental. Overall, it's an immaculate collection of Pablo originals such as "Cassava piece" (an early version of the rhythm subsequently recut as "King Tubby meets rockers uptown") and reworkings of well-known rhythms like the excellent opener "Rockers dub" (based on the Heptones classic "Love won't come easy"). My only complaint is that it's so short. Thirty minutes of classic Pablo is simply not enough, so needless to say it's not the only Augustus Pablo album you need to buy...."
Irie music
kaysixone | 09/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"look at the cover and you will understand that there is no finer soundtrack for a good irie vibe. we're talking bone crunching dub with simple but beautiful melodies from AP. The album gets better with each and every track culminating in the AP Special, a true reggae masterpiece. if this album has one fault, its that its pretty short. you might want to buy heart of the congoes or super ape to play right after it."
Sweet, deep grooves
Mr D Remoundos | South Africa | 07/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled onto this album by accident and was completely blown away!
This album has the sweetest, deepest, grooviest dub tracks I've ever heard. AP's melodica sounds so soulful amongst the chunky drum & bassline.

I've only listened to one other AP album so far (The great Pablo) and Original Rockers has better tracks and recording quality, but I'm sure there are some even better albums out there.

If you like Dub, you will love this album, although it is a bit short :-("