Reggae Lover Podcast – Tue, 2 September 2014
Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo, The Original Rocker
Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards.
He popularized the use of an instrument called the melodica.In his role as musician and producer he has helped to shape the reggae music genre.
Vocalist Jacob Miller, who was heavily influenced by Pablo, starts this episode off with “Baby I Love You So” followed by the dub version of said tune entitled “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.” Both works can be found on the ‘Easy Skanking‘ album. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub.
Selections heard in this mix include quintessential tracks from classic albums ‘Ital Dub,’ ‘East of the River Nile,’ ‘Java Java Dub,’ and ‘Valley Of Jehosaphat,’ among others.
Also listen out for Wayne Wonder in dubplate style singing over the Java riddim for Highlanda Sound, and the voice of SuperPEC on his exclusive “Mommy Dearest,” for which he chose the “East of River Nile” instrumental in tribute to Pablo.
Welcome to Episode 20 of the Reggae Lover Podcast, my first “dubwise” edition. This mix was specially requested by Ras Jamal in Savannah, Georgia and features the musical productions and performances of Lee “Scratch” Perry exclusively.
One of the pioneers in the development of dub music and remixing in addition to numerous other innovations in production, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry truly paved the way for the EDM, Hip-Hop, and Reggae movements of today. Learn more about Perry’s amazing career.
We start off in the 60 – 70 BPM range with The Upsetters‘ Curly Dub and move into a couple different dub versions of Satisfy My Soul featuring Bob Marley and The Wailers. The Upsetters’ Super Ape is up next, leading into a “Vibrate On” medley. Augustus Pablo, Max Romeo, Hugo Blackwood and Dr. Alimantado are featured on the riddim alongside Perry and The Upsetters. A cool blend transitions from there into Bob Marley dub once again with “Live,” a Lively Up Yourself dub version and then a Screw Face dub version entitled “Face Man.”
Junior Murvin can then be heard singing “Roots Train,” followed by his massive hit tune “Police And Thieves.” I selected 3 tracks from Perry’s “Arkology” box set on the same riddim. The voices of Glen DaCosta and Jah Lion are featured in this set along with some wicked Saxophone and the masterful instrumentation of Lee Perry dubbing out on the board.
For the next few tracks I go into the Jungle Dub album, my favorite album of Perry’s work. The very heavy-weight Super Ape album, Ras Jamal’s highest rated Scratch Perry album is also a focal point of this mix. Other noteable selections served up are “Bad Walking” with Tommy McCook and “I Chase The Devil/Croaking Lizard” with Max Romeo and Prince Jazzbo.
Please email me (email@example.com) if you want the full tracklist. My wish is that listeners will hear this mix and go looking for Lee Perry’s music to purchase. Dub music should be a part of every reggae lover’s music collection.