Agustus Pablo – Young Generation Dub

• “Young Generation Dub” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to ReggaeRootsChannel.

7.7 “Great Reggae from Jamaica”

From his album “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown” (Yard Music) released in 1976.

As a by-the-by, if Fun Boy Three weren’t subtly digging into this for “Farmyard Connection” then I’m a three-legged dog. And that’s impossible ‘coz I’m quite clearly a penguin.

My album review:

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.

You can read more of my favourite album reviews for 1976 here.


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