Various – The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story

by May 18, 2019Reviews, Various

Various - The Mystic World Of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story

Release Info

Various – The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story

Label:  Shanachie | Format: 4 CD Boxset + DVD | Street date: July 7, 2008 |Website label: Shanachie

Tracks

Disc 1 : Classic Rockers

  1. Augustus Pablo – East Of The River Nile
  2. Jacob Miller – False Rasta
  3. Augustus Pablo – 555 Crown St.
  4. Augustus Pablo – 555 Dub
  5. The Heptones – Love Won’t Come Easy
  6. Dillinger – Take It Easy
  7. Augustus Pablo – Frozen Dub
  8. Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So
  9. Augustus Pablo – Cassava Piece
  10. Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
  11. Augustus Pablo – Skanking Easy
  12. Augustus Pablo – Skanking Dub
  13. Junior Delgado – Blackman Heart
  14. Hugh Mundell – Africa Must Be Free (By The Year 1983)
  15. Augustus Pablo – Park Lane Special
  16. Augustus Pablo – Keep On Dubbing
  17. Jah Levi – Selassie Verandah

Disc 2 : Roots Rockers

  1. Jah Iney – El Rockers I
  2. Earl Sixteen – Changing World
  3. Augustus Pablo – Havendale Rock
  4. Hugh Mundell – Why Do Black Men Fuss & Fight
  5. Augustus Pablo – Rockers Meet King Tubby Ina Fire House
  6. Augustus Pablo – AP Special
  7. Paul Blackman – Earth Wind & Fire
  8. Delroy Williams – Think Twice
  9. Augustus Pablo – Israel In Harmony (12″ Extended Version W/ Dub)
  10. Augustus Pablo & Lee Perry – Vibrate On
  11. Augustus Pablo – Silent Satta
  12. Norris Reid – Black Forces
  13. Augustus Pablo – Ital Sip
  14. Augustus Pablo – Thunderclap
  15. Tetrack – Let’s Get Started
  16. Augustus Pablo & Yabby You – Pablo Dread Ina Red

Disc 3 : New Style Rockers

  1. Augustus Pablo – Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  2. Augustus Pablo – Jah Light
  3. Norris Reid – Entrance To Jah World (Extended 12″ Mix W/ Dub)
  4. Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody
  5. Augustus Pablo – Short Man Dub
  6. Junior Delgado – Ragamuffin Year
  7. Augustus Pablo – Java
  8. Augustus Pablo – Upful Living
  9. Johnny Osborne – Rude Boy
  10. Augustus Pablo – Creation Blues
  11. Augustus Pablo – Drums To The King
  12. Junior Delgado – One Day
  13. Augustus Pablo – Zion Way Dub
  14. Augustus Pablo – Eastern Code
  15. Willie Williams – No War
  16. Augustus Pablo – Drum Song

Disc 4 : Rare Rockers

  1. Augustus Pablo – Iggy Iggy
  2. Augustus Pablo – Pablo In Dub
  3. Augustus Pablo – Hap-Ki-Do
  4. Hugh Mundell – Stop Them Jah (Extended 12″ Mix)
  5. Asher & Trimble – Humble Yourself (7″ Version)
  6. Rockers All-Stars – Humble Version
  7. Delroy Williams – Foxhole
  8. Rockers All-Stars – Son Of Man Dub
  9. Sister Frica – One In The Spirit (Extended 12″ Mix)
  10. Augustus Pablo – Twin Seal (Extended 12″ Mix)
  11. The Immortals – Can’t Keep A Good Man Down (7″ Mix)
  12. Pablo All-Stars – Can’t Keep A Good Dub Down
  13. Earl Sixteen – Freedom Fighter
  14. Augustus Pablo – Third Eye
  15. Augustus Pablo All Stars – Third Eye Version
  16. Jah Levi – Zion A Fe Lion
  17. Rockers All-Stars – Abashanti Dub
  18. Augustus Pablo – Full Up (12″ Extended Version)

DVD:

  1. Frozen Dub
  2. Rockers Dub
  3. Augustus Pablo and Hugh Mundell
  4. Interview
67 Tunes

The US based label Shanachie has released 8 Augustus Pablo albums over the years. Their latest effort is a wicked boxset, including 4 CD’s and a DVD. Although the set contains 67 tunes, it’s just impossible to capture Pablo’s unequaled musical talents to the fullest. He has recorded and produced such an amount of fine tunes that it’s not fair to label this release as ‘the definitive collection’, but they sure did a very nice job! Disc one and two contain some of his best productions. Disc three gathers together his digital work that started in the ’80s. While disc four contains rare tunes from all eras. The latter disc is a very good idea. There are so many rare tunes from Augustus Pablo that it is really good to bring a selection of them together so that all his fans can enjoy them.

Jacob Miller, King Tubby, The Heptones, Dillinger

Included here are timeless classics like Jacob Miller’s “False Rasta” aka “Too Much Commercialization Of Rasta”. Miller was in his early teens when he recorded this song for Pablo. He went on to be one of Jamaica’s greatest, most popular vocalists. “555 Crown St.” is the instrumental cut to that song, while “555 Dub” is the heavenly dub cut! “Baby I Love You So” is also here. The song is probably reggae most chilling lovers tune. Pablo recorded the original instrumental cut in 1973 – “Cassava Piece” – and reworked it later as a dub called “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown”. That dub is one of the masterpieces of the genre with King Tubby powerfully deconstructing the tune. The Heptones were the vocal trio of the late ’60s, recording hit after hit for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. Here the group updates one of those hits “Love Won’t Come Easy” across the “Frozen Soul” riddim and Dillinger grabs the riddim for his deejay version called “Take It Easy”.

Junior Delgado, Hugh Mundell, Jah Levi, Earl Sixteen

Junior Delgado was one of the better known vocalists Pablo worked with. Here he delivers “Blackman Heart”. In 1986 the singer cut “Raggamuffin Year” and that release gave Pablo highest commercial visibility he had attained in several years. Pablo’s young hypnotic protégé Hugh Mundell (he took him under his wings when he was about twelve years old) recorded the album “Africa Must Be Free By 1983” in 1979. With this album Mundell provided the near perfect overt distillation of the spirit with songs like “Why Do Black Man Fuss And Fight”, “Day Of Judgement” and “Book Of Life”. The title track “Africa Must Be Free (By The Year 1983)” is a moving testimony to the spirit of the times. Park Lane Special is the dub to that song. One of the most moving songs he recorded was “Stop Them Jah”. Here it’s included in the extended 12″ mix. Mundell also performed as a deejay under the name Jah Levi. “Selassie Verandah” and “Zion A Fi Lion” are two of his efforts. The under-rated roots singer Earl Sixteen, who recorded for a number of producers over the years, delivers with “Changing World” an impassioned tune. “Freedom Fighter” is a previously unreleased gem from this singer.

Norris Reid, Tetrack, Willie Williams

Norris Reid was another extremely talented Pablo protégé. He delivers a militant vocal on a cut of “Cassava Piece”, the same riddim Jacob Miller used for “Baby Love You So”. Another great tune he recorded for Pablo was “Entrance To Jah World”, which was previously only available on a Rockers 12″ single. Tetrack, led by Carlton Hines, was one of the few vocal groups produced by Pablo. Their album “Let’s Get Started” is one of the best ’70s rasta inspired vocal harmony group collections and includes the singles “Let’s Get Started”, “Only Jah Jah Knows” and the monumental “Isn’t It Time”. Willie William’s “No War” is a previously unreleased track from this fine roots vocalist.

DVD

The DVD (only 20 minutes!) contains four segments. Pablo in performance at JapanSplash circa 1986. There he performed “Frozen Dub”. Next comes “Rockers Dub” as filmed at PitSplash in Japan circa 1988. Part 3 is an impromptu performance footage of Pablo playing guitar an melodica, with Hugh Mundell singing by a river in Jamaica, 1979. The footage was part of the documentary “Word, Sound and Power”. Finally we get an interview of Pablo from 1979.

The set comes with a 20 page booklet with biography, rare photos, and commentary by those who know him.

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