Augustus Pablo

Pressure Sounds * PSCD71 * 2011

Message Music

Message Music

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In the 70s Augustus Pablo seemed to appear, like a vision from another world. His music was ethereal, evocative, and unique. There has not really been anyone like him, before or since. He now stands recognized as Jamaican music's best-known lead instrumentalist.

By the mid 1980s Pablo had become a lot more visible, a lot less fashionable and a little of his mystique had rubbed off.

In the 1970s his own music sold in vast quantities for reggae product and he became a mainstay as an instrumentalist session player on many Jamaican recordings. In tandem with this session work he built a unique catalogue of music for a variety of his own labels such as Rockers, Rockers International, Message and Yard.

'Message Music' deals with Pablo's instrumentals and dubs from around the mid-80s to the 90s as we think it is time to present a re-examination of this slightly overlooked period of his musical output.


Augustus Pablo — Message Music

matthias banaschewski, Oct 14, 2011
Pete Holdsworth and the Disciples Lol and Russ indeed did a great job presenting the often overlooked so called digital period of Pablos Productions.
The best of these tunes on the Double LP / CD are easily the equal to Pablo`s famous,
unique excellent 70ties Roots Tunes, as they show an artist who manages to blend
the digital together with the analog way of musicmaking.
And all though these songs are different to his 70s production they are as well in their
own way true roots and transport the unique deep Message of Augustus Pablo
equally perfect! Thanks a lot for this stuff!

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