“King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown” by Agustus Pablo - album review

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TJR says

As you’d expect with Tubby and Pablo at the desk, this is a primal dub affair with all shades of nice keys from the melodically-inclined Augustus. The various sessions for this one over the last few years have featured the Barrett brothers (drum n bass), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Earl Smith (guitar) as well as the main man on melodica, piano, organ and clavinet. Dub rarely catches-a-fire for me, but there are plenty of enjoyable episodes on this set. “Keep On Dubbing” opens splendidly, and it’s the first time out for the root source of Jacob Miller's “Keep On Rocking” single of '75. The dub version on the single (credited to Rockers All Stars) was a different mix with some Miller vox, so what we have here, as with much of the album, is an exclusive. Equally brassy and melodious is “Stop Them Jah” which keeps up the lively and rhythmic start. The feeling is maintained again with “Young Generation Dub”, my favourite piece on the album, the descending refrain from which pleases my simple soul as I play mouth trombone. It’s another album exclusive mix I think, rooted in the ‘74 single, “Bongo Pat - Young Generation b/w Augustus Pablo - New Style (Rockers)”, although the dub version on the original had xylophones which are omitted here. The title-track, first released as a single early in ’75, is very nice indeed, with great licks and tricks on the drums and a spacey but lively vibe which is actually the essence of the whole LP. Towards the end, “Frozen Dub” takes this feeling one step beyond with some really wild mixing desk action. “Satta”, a previously unreleased extended dub version to his 1975 single “Pablo Satta” (Rockers), finishes the set off strongly. Nice vibes.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:11] 7.4.png Agustus Pablo - Keep On Dubbing (Horace Swaby) Reggae
A2 [02:52] 7.1.png Agustus Pablo - Stop Them Jah (Horace Swaby) Reggae
A3 [02:35] 7.7.png Agustus Pablo - Young Generation Dub (Horace Swaby) Reggae
A4 [02:55] 5.7.png Augustus Pablo - Each One Dub (Horace Swaby) Reggae
A5 [02:44] 6.6.png Agustus Pablo - 555 Dub Street (Horace Swaby) Reggae
A6 [02:53] 5.5.png Agustus Pablo - Braces Tower Dub (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B1 [02:34] 6.6.png Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B2 [02:58] 5.3.png Agustus Pablo - Corner Crew Dub (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B3 [03:07] 5.5.png Pablo All Stars - Dub So (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B4 [02:44] 5.8.png Agustus Pablo and Rhythm Force - Scank Version (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B5 [02:54] 6.7.png Agustos Pablo - Frozen Dub (Horace Swaby) Reggae
B6 [04:22] 7.2.png Agustus Pablo - Satta (Horace Swaby) Reggae

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