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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: #209,803 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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I love the sound effects and toasting.
JahShaman
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.
Jasper
Overall this is a feel good album with good sound quality and it's worth buying for your pablo collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on December 27, 2005
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kaysixone on August 1, 2002
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on May 11, 2006
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 phenomenal...so 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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