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Those hoping for the deep thumping bass, that makes up a lot of Dub music, will be either shocked or surprised to hear that, this is a million miles away from those sorts of Dub tracks, instead what Augustus does is make simple, melody-driven tracks that focus on the earthy, reflective and organic use of his Yazoo & melodica.Read more ›
I had the privelage of seeing Augustus Pablo perform at NYC's Beacon Theater on Broadway. A tiny, thin man with amazing power to captivate! He wasn't showy or flashy and all he wore was a simple shirt and jeans, but man, it was a powerful show!
For those with varied eclectic taste, I think this album is to Augustus Pablo what I feel Canyon Trilogy is to Carlos Nakkai (Native American flute music). Its a defining album. In each case, the music is hypnotic and hauntingly beautiful. Even people who aren't real reggae fans can appreciate this album. Its not "too mellow" at all. Its just right!
If you love roots reggae, this album is a MUST have in your collection. This is the sound that made me fall in love with roots reggae when I was a kid and why I still love it now. Its not the sound of rap style reggae you hear today. Its totally classic reggae.
I only wish Augustus Pablo were still with us to make more beautiful music.
There are too many outstanding tracks on this disc to go into detail on them. Some are straightforward melodica or keyboard versions, some are closer to dub but they all reveal more layers of depth with each listen. Plus all the music has that true inspiration that can't be faked. My personal favorite is "Unfinished Melody" which in unlike anything else I've ever heard. Close to Lee Perry in vibe without sounding like him.
One note: Tracks 13 and 14 are mis-titled. 13 should be called the original 1971 version of "East of the River Nile". Track 14 is a dub of the later version of the same song (which appears earlier in the CD). I guess its title is "East Africa", which is what the disc calls Track 13.
Along with "King Tubby's meets Rockers Uptown" this is essential Pablo and essential roots music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sit back and enjoy the mystical ride through Pablo's music. Roll a couple spliffs for maximum appreciation. One love.Published on August 26, 2014 by joel david wood
This is one of his best and most famous productions of his signature melodica based reggae/dub/instrumental compositions.
He was one of the seminal great artists of Reggae.
This is a really good album. I think every song on here is quality and enjoyable to listen too.Published on November 6, 2010 by Benson Adams
This is a great choice for massage therapists looking for something a little different, though I recommend it for anyone. Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by Kim Fadden
Nothing more can be said other than excellence. This is a well composed and flowing album from the melodica maestro. It opens strong and only gets better. Highly recommended piece.Published on March 18, 2007 by J. Rock
This CD...wow, what can I say? Like another reviewer said, Augustus was truly a musical genius. I was listening to this album one day and I noticed 15 minutes later that I had... Read morePublished on January 25, 2006 by Johnny 5
This is Augustus Pablo's greatest album! And one of the finest reggae albums ever recorded! It's a total chill out! And, no, it's not "too mellow", as one review stated. Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by Coleen
The moment this record begins to spin, the listener enters a beautiful, graceful, and reposed dimension. Pablo pairs his melodica with tight, high quality dubs... Read morePublished on April 16, 2004 by James