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Reggae - Released April 24, 2020 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released February 19, 2016 | VP Records

Original Rockers is a solid introduction to Augustus Pablo's haunting melodica playing, and includes brief flashes of his dub inspiration as well on "Tubby's Dub Song" and "Rockers Dub." As usual, the lineup is superb with Robbie Shakespeare, Aston and Carlton "Carlie" Barrett, Earl "Chinna" Smith and Bobby Ellis, among others. Though much of the album is instrumental, Dillinger guests on "Brace a Boy." © John Bush /TiVo
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Reggae - Released January 1, 2000 | Pressure Sounds

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Reggae - Released April 11, 2011 | Reggae Champs

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Reggae - Released July 22, 2011 | VP

Who could imagine that a child's toy instrument would launch not just a star, but a whole new musical style? Yet that is precisely what happened to Augustus Pablo and his melodica. The musician set Jamaica alight with "East of the River Nile," the prototype for the new Far Eastern style, and cemented his reputation with the hot hit "Java." Initially, Pablo had recorded with producer Herman Chin-Loy, but eventually began working with two other members of the family, Clive Chin and his uncle Leonard. (The keyboardist also recorded with producers outside the Chin clan). By 1974, a debut album, This Is Augustus Pablo, was in the works, rounding up a dozen tracks cut with the Chins. An amazing roster of talent accompanied Pablo on these recordings, including the Barrett brothers, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Errol Thompson, and keyboardists Ansel Collins and Glen Adams. Together the men created a simmering rootsy sound, percolating with reggae beats. In keeping with the Far East sound, many of these instrumentals are in a minor key, conjuring up a wondrous atmosphere which ranges from yearning to pensive. Although the album doesn't include "Nile" or "Java," more recent singles were featured, including "Pablo in Dub," which debuted Leonard Chin's new Santic label, and "Lover's Mood." Many of the melodies are variations on classic songs, or, in the case of "Jah Rock" (a version of "Ol' Man River), Hollywood greats. The music swings across the spectrum from the classically tinged "Please Survive" to the almost poppy "Pretty Baby," encompassing the deep dub of "Point Blank" and "Pablo in Dub" to the jaunty "Too Late." All told, it's a masterful set of mood music, all featuring that winsome little melodica. © Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo
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Pop - Released January 1, 1995 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

This generous collection of classic, rare, and previously unissued tracks is part of an outstanding reissue series from Island Jamaica (Island Records' reggae-specific imprint). The Augustus Pablo album may be the best of the bunch; it opens with the classic Jacob Miller song "Baby I Love You So," which is immediately followed by the dub version of that track ("King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown," perhaps the single best dub cut ever recorded). Instrumentals and vocal tracks by Pablo-produced artists follow, including a couple of previously hard to find Delroy Wilson tracks with their dub versions, and two classic performances by Junior Delgado and the late Hugh Mundell. Run, don't walk, to your nearest music store to get this one. © Rick Anderson /TiVo
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Reggae - Released January 1, 2003 | Pressure Sounds

London's Pressure Sounds label followed up their El Rocker's compilation (an excellent introduction to the musical vision of Augustus Pablo) with this set of rare 7" and 12" sides from the Jamaican innovator. Songs are grouped by rhythm, with multiple versions of seven Pablo productions making up the 17 tracks here. Because of this, In Fine Style may not be the recommended entry point for beginners. Collectors, however, will be greatly rewarded, and novices willing to dive in will experience firsthand the art of the version. Deejays Jah Levi (aka singer Hugh Mundell) and Jah Iny appear on a couple of tracks, but the remainder of the set is given over to Pablo's excursions on piano, organ, clavinet, xylophone, and his trademark melodica. In the excellent liner notes, writer Harry Hawke places the cuts of Paul Whiteman's "Earth Wind and Fire" in the same league as Pablo's classic "King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown"." His claim is more than justified by the three expertly mixed versions of the superb rhythm ("Cool Shade of Dub," "Ras Menilik Congo (Harp)," and "Roots Dub") at the heart of this set. There's a great deal more to recommend as well, including three versions of Studio One's "Real Rock" rhythm (among them the brilliantly off-kilter "Rockers Rock (Version)"), the stark, second dub of "Up Warika Hill" ("Mountain View Dub (Version Two)") and the opening "Far East" with its impeccable horn and melodica lines. The quality (and rarity) of the material ensures that In Fine Style is more than just a money-making repackaging job. It's an essential chapter, both in Pablo's story, and in the history of reggae. © Nathan Bush /TiVo
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Reggae - Released August 19, 2014 | Gorgon Records

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Reggae - Released August 4, 2014 | VP Records

VP's archival imprint 17 North Parade goes esoteric with this Augustus Pablo set, a strange collection of odds and ends from the vaults of reggae producer Gussie Clarke. The title track comes from a single, "Classical Illusion" and "No Entry" are made available in their extended 12" mixes, and the two versions of "Skylarking" are previously unreleased. This is well worth any dub collector's attention. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Reggae - Released June 1, 1988 | Greensleeves Records

Eastman Dub is a reworked mix of dub versions of the 1977 album Let's Get Started, which in its original form stands as one of Augustus Pablo's finest albums. Though Eastman Dub doesn't quite compare to Let's Get Started, it represents an intriguing approach to dub that is unique to Pablo but not surprising given his penchant for innovative arrangements and productions. The dubs on this record only occasionally retain the original vocals. The absence of these beautiful harmonies, sung by Tetrack, makes the music significantly thinner. Furthermore, Pablo's melodica is barely a presence. As a result, the bass parts often bear a weight they were not meant to carry. But in spite of this, some of the songs work very well. The title track, for example, uses the original vocals intermittently to good effect, and the percussion on "Only Jah Jah Dub" is perfect. Eastman Dub takes some unconventional risks in its versions, but it's well worth hearing for the times when those risks pay off. © Ben Tausig /TiVo
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Reggae - Released February 17, 2017 | VP Records

Originally released in 1983 on his own Rockers imprint, Augustus Pablo's King David's Melody collects singles from the years 1975-1982. The liner notes do a good job of pointing out that most of the tracks are considered instrumentals instead of dubs, which only means Pablo's more responsible for the melodies and structures of the songs than usual. The serene, relaxed, and otherworldly feelings of Pablo's dub material is well represented, and to a lesser extent, the trippy twists and turns, but they are more modest and mostly on the bonus tracks. The inspiration for the overall positive and supremely spiritual feel to the collection is right in the title. Rastafarian Pablo is referencing spiritual leader Haile Selassie's claim to be descended from King David, a king of ancient Israel who could sooth the soul with his flute and harp. Pablo does the same here with his melodica and occasional keyboards. The easy-rolling title track, the coolly cheerful "Mr. Bassie," and the airy "Cornerstone Dub" all support the original compilation's King David-by-way-of-Selassie inspiration, but Shanachie's bonus tracks -- as interesting as they are -- only relate to Pablo's original intentions for the collection in that they were singles. "Hot Milk" is a thin number that finds Pablo messing with a tinny synth and a primitive drum machine, while "Freedom Step," "Israel Dub," and the "Mr. Bassie" rework titled "Jah Strength Ital Step" feel a bit thicker and darker than the rest of the album. None of this ruins the collection by any means, but listeners should do themselves a favor and try the 1983 sequence of the album for a tighter, more focused listen. CD players make it easy, and with the majority of these instrumentals being hard or near impossible to obtain otherwise, Shanachie's reissue of King David's Melody is welcome, tinkering and all. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Dub - Released July 1, 1978 | Greensleeves Records

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Dub - Released January 24, 2007 | Attack

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Dub - Released December 17, 2013 | Gorgon Records

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Dub - Released September 30, 2016 | Justice

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Reggae - Released January 1, 1996 | President Records

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Dub - Released June 15, 2018 | Aggrovators

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Dub - Released June 1, 2018 | Aggrovators

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Reggae - Released August 23, 2011 | Reggae Champs

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Dub - Released June 8, 2018 | Aggrovators