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Original Rockers

Augustus PabloAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000DXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CRUCIAL SELECTION August 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars * Best Version of the Augustus Pablo Classic * December 27, 2005
By Jasper
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is THE version to get of the classic Augustus Pablo album, "Original Rockers," indisputably one of the finest reggae LPs of the genre's golden era. The version released on Shanachie in 1991 suffers from poor sound, and only features ten tracks. This version, released by Greensleeves in 2006, has been sonically scrubbed for stunningly clear, colorful sound, and features 12 tracks instead of 10. In fact, out of the many Pablo releases I have, this one easily sounds the best, audio-wise. The two extra tracks on this issue fit right in, as they are extra-heavy Tubby dubs of "Tubby's Dub Song" (the original of which is actually more of a melodica instrumental) and "Brace A Boy." "Brace A Boy" is a DJ cut by Dillinger, but the extra version here cuts out the vocals and dubs the rhythm to the top. "Tubby's Dub Song (version 2)" is up there with Tubby's heaviest, most trippy dubs, and is as essential as anything on the original LP. In fact, I can't see listening to the album WITHOUT these two dubs now, they fit in so well. I like to sequence these extra versions right after the original versions on this album, as I find the flow quite natural this way, and it still ends with Pablo's haunting xylophone meditation "AP Special," as he no doubt would have wanted.

"Original Rockers" is definitive Pablo, a cohesive mix of instrumental and dub sounds which form a heady, transcendent listening experience. Most tracks are deep melodica instrumentals, although there are a few straight-out dubs, and "Thunder Clap," a funky clavinet instrumental on the "Ain't No Sunshine" melody. For me, "Original Rockers" is right up there with "King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown," and is part of what I consider the great trilogy of original Pablo LPs, along with "East of the River Nile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION !!! May 11, 2006
By Jasper
Format:Audio CD
There is a MUCH BETTER version of this CD available! The version on Greensleeves Records (ASIN: B00005BJCW) has two KILLER dubs of "Original Rockers" tracks that this Shanachie version DOES NOT HAVE. The Greensleeves issue is also considerably LESS EXPENSIVE than this Shanachie issue. The SOUND QUALITY is also far superior on Greensleeves version, and is actually miraculously pristine. There is a mistaken belief that the audio quality of music from 1960s/70s Jamaica is horrible, but the fact of the matter is, we have simply been treated to poor reissues. Most of the stuff recorded in JA in the 60s and 70s sounds crisp and clear when the proper sources are utilized. For example, listen to Heartbeat's Skatalites set "Tribute To Tommy," which sounds as though it was recorded yesterday. Before "Tribute To Tommy" I thought all Skatalites sounded like my worse jazz records from the teens and twenties. Releases on Blood & Fire, Hot Pot, and Pressure Sounds have further exposed the lie. The truth is, by the 60s and 70s, even the cheapest recording equipment was able to give clean sound reproduction. The sound on the Greensleeves version of "Original Rockers" is crisp and clean that it could have been recorded digitally in Los Angeles in 2008. Greensleeves' issue of "Original Rockers" not only puts this Shanachie version to shame, but actually renders it totally OBSOLETE. For an even starker comparison, put Shanachie's CD issue of "King David's Melody" next to Greensleeves' issue of the same title...the difference is shocking. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dub
I have been listening to Augustus Pablo since 1987. I have the record and this is the second copy of the CD I owned. Duppies ruined my last one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JahShaman
3.0 out of 5 stars hybrid purity
I bet this guy is a vegan and into high-end spirituality. Obviously he is very together as a musician. Read more
Published 8 months ago by .fgd
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this with your windows down in your car and you are sure to get...
I banged this when I was in my twenties and now in my's timeless to the roots reggae lover and like Kind Of Blue Miles Davis as a good starter album in jazz,this is a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by BigLouPhilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Pablo
This is some of his best Reggae instrumental music with that haunting quality in minor keys.
Gentle and ingenious but it rocks.
Published 17 months ago by rastaman
3.0 out of 5 stars Great reggae
Sorry for the 3 stars. It's great, but being my third Augustus Pablo, it doesn't sound much different than the others. Are there some repeat songs on here? Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by Arlo Vortex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album for your reggae collection.
This remastered version on the greensleeve label does sound better than the older version plus this version includes some bonus tracks. Read more
Published on December 25, 2006 by Pee-Wee Herman
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on! The Shanachie version is not all that bad!
I found out that there is a remastered version of this CD on Greensleeves after I picked up the Shanachie version for $8.50 at a used CD shop. Read more
Published on May 22, 2006 by Indian music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The better version of the best Pablo.
This has been, hands-down, my favorite collection of dub/reggae for over 20 years. If you are a fan of Pablo, this is a must own!

p.s. The other reviewer is dead-on. Read more
Published on January 24, 2006 by Jack Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, deep grooves
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. Read more
Published on July 26, 2004 by Mr D Remoundos
5.0 out of 5 stars Klassik
True - klassik album. With whining kids' instrument :-)
However, Greensleeves had a re-release of it for some time now. Read more
Published on August 6, 2003 by dniez
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