Label: Rockers International - none • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Jamaica • Genre: Reggae • Style: Dub
As any business person will tell you, the way to success is through the discovery of a niche or a Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub unexploited market. Still, few business people, and even fewer musicians, would have believed that there was a market for the sound of the melodica. What next, they would have sniggered, a kazoo? Yet Augustus Pablo would take this child's toy and launch a revolution in Jamaican music.
Not only was Pablo 's melodica unique, it would sweep the entire island's scene and become an integral part of the music of the era. But Pablo was no one-trick pony, he was also a virtuoso keyboardist and his playing permeated the island across myriad of his own releases and as a session man for others. He was equally talented on the other side of the recording desk and his production work was as inspired as his playing.
Andrew, Jamaica. He attended Kingston College not a college in the American sense, but a high schoolsneaking into the school's chapel with other Bring The Beat Back - Various - Mega Techno 7 inclined friends to practice on the organ.
It was here at Kingston College where Swaby also made the connections that would help launch him into the music industry. Amongst his classmates was Clive Chinwhose family ran Randy's, Kingston's premier record store. The Chin clan included Herman Chin Loy, a cousin of Leslie Kong, and who started his own career in the music industry by working for his famous cousin. Like many small ethnic enclaves around the world, Jamaica's vibrant Chinese community often intermarried and thus businesses and families often intertwined.
Chin Loy had struck out on his own insetting up his own record store and label, both called Aquarius. Thus inwhen the year-old Swaby decided the time was ripe to begin his own musical career, Aquarius was his first stop. The fact that the teen was a friend of Clive Chin insured that he was given an audition, but it was his keyboard work that convinced Chin Loy to take him into the studio.
The upbeat "Iggy Iggy" was the result of their first session and was credited to Augustus Pabloa moniker Chin Loy frequently employed on his studio's instrumentals. But it was "East of the River Nile" that had Here And Now # 1 - Rozzo - On To You most startling impact. The instrumental featured a duet between Pablo 's melodica and Glen Adam's organ, set to a seething rhythm the producer had bought from Lee Perry.
Its haunting Oriental-esque melody ignited a fire on the island and launched the Far Eastern style. Minor key melodies surged from the grooves and the exotic now found a home in the Caribbean. Pablo briefly joined Mikey Chung's band, Now Generation, as keyboardist. Meanwhile, his old schoolmate Clive Chin was now working for the family business as a producer. He had big shoes to fill, his older brother Vincent had made his mark producing such superstars as Alton Ellis and High And Low (Original Mix) - Damiano C, Harper & Yulia Niko - Affair EP (File) Skatalites.
Now that Clive was set up, Pablo left Now Generation and joined his friend in the studio. Their first fruits, in a round about way, was the seminal "Java. Then Pablo entered the studio. While waiting in the hall, he'd come up with a melody line and suggested trying it out. Chin turned the tape recorder back on, Pablo picked up his melodica, and the rest is history.
It was the beginning of an incredibly successful partnership, as Chin and Pablo recorded a stream of hits. It was a busy time as aside from recording with Chin, Pablo was also cutting singles for Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub number of other producers.
Pablo had already come to the conclusion that no matter how big the hit nor how many sessions he played on, he would see little of the actual returns. Thus, he and his brother set up their own label, Rockers. The name was taken from the siblings sound system, which was already up and running. Initially, Pablo 's singles for his own label were instrumental versions of Studio One classics.
And there's Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub doubt about the influence the studio's superb musicians had had on the young Swaby. Many of these song were less versions than tributes to these talented men. The U. Yet some of Pablo 's best work was still being done with Clive Chin. A masterpiece of mood and atmosphere, the instrumentals swing across the musical spectrum from Hollywood musicals to classic Jamaican hits.
The album is actually a compilation and rounded up much of the artist's recent work for the Chin family, including his two earlier singles for Leonard. The following year, Pablo began collaborating with King Tubbywho had begun supplying Rockers with some of the label's most sublime mixes.
This album remains one of the most innovative of the decade. Fifteen Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub later, the U. With the single's success, Pablo now became a much sought-after producer, and worked with many of the island's greatest names. An album's worth of his productions were showcased on 's King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown album, one of the era's most Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub dub albums.
Pablo returned the favor by recording exclusive cuts for King Tubby 's sound system. Over the years, both Rockers itself, as well as other labels, have released excellent compilations of the label's greatest moments. For rarities, check out Golden Memories, released by Rockers. Of course, Pablo was equally in demand as a session player and he appears on scores of albums from this period, playing keyboard, melodica, or both.
As a Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Various - Songs For Japan force, he was unstoppable.
Meanwhile, Pablo took his place on the other side of the board for a trio of singles with the young singer Hugh Mandell aka Jah Levi. However, the shift in musical tastes in the early '80s saw Pablo 's flame begin to flicker. He continued recording prodigiously both behind and in front of the recording deck and released numerous singles and a number of albums. Bythe artist's star was in the ascendant again, helped by the release of his own Rising Sun album, and his production of Junior Delgado's Raggamuffin Year album and its attendant smash-hit title-track single.
A phenomenal dub album of Various - BMG Dance Compilation # 125 set appeared four years later. These successes prompted Island Records to strike a deal with Rockers to distribute a number of the label's 12" singles.
Although the arrangement didn't last long, it did see an international release for singles from Junior Delgado, Delroy Wilson, Carlton Hones, and a pair of Pablo 's own -- "Eastern Promise" and "Sukiyaki. Back in Jamaica, had also seen the release of Rockers Comes East, a stunning set that created quite a stir at the time as Pablo took his own sound squarely into the digital age. As the decade deepened, Pablo remained a stalwart of the scene by producing a number of hit records, including such classics as Dawn Penn's "Night and Day" and Yami Bolo's sublime "Jah Made Them All" album.
He also continued to release his own music, guest star on other's records, and oversee his back catalog, which remained in demand. What's truly miraculous was that Pablo managed to keep up this pace for so long. His health had always been very delicate due to a nerve disorder he suffered for much of Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub life. On May 18,his body finally gave out; he was only However, although the artist may be gone, his legacy is in no danger of fading away.
Compilations of both his own work and his productions appear with astonishing regularity, and it's difficult to find an album from the late '70s that he did not guest star on.
His importance to Jamaica's music scene can be seen by the numerous Message Rule Dub - Augustus Pablo - Raggamuffin Dub who appeared at a tribute concert held a year after his death that included some of the island's greatest DJs, singers, and musicians.
Died May 18, in Kingston, Jamaica. Genre Reggae. Styles Dub Roots Reggae. Also Known As Horace Swaby. Member Of Impact All-Stars.
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