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Augustus Pablo: East of the River Nile

Album Reviews:

Spin (p.78) - "A New Age Rasta equivalent of Eno's ANOTHER GREEN WORLD, with melodies set in the Far and Middle East."

Spin (7/02, p.112) - "...A wordless 1977 dub-reggae session that may be the ultimate chill-out record..."

The Wire (8/02, p.70) - "...[The album] consists largely of instrumentals on which Pablo demonstrated his developing facility for tackling a whole range of keyboard instruments....A necessary purchase for Pablo fans..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.73) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "Best Reissues of 2002"

Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.77) - Included in Mojo's 50 Greatest Reggae Albums - "...The record gently vibrates with beautiful, ethereal melodies..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Augustus Pablo (melodica, piano, Clavinet, organ; string sythesizer); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar); Bagga, Robbie Shakespeare, C. Downie, Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass); Carlton Barrett, Max Edwards, Noel "Alphonso" Benbow (drums); Everton DeSilva (percussion); Jah-Malla Band.

Includes liner notes by Randall Grass.

A physically frail and somewhat gossamer-looking Rastaman, Augustus Pablo was the unlikeliest of reggae pioneers. Armed only with a humble melodica and a mystical, Far Eastern-influenced sound, Pablo (born Horace Swaby) revolutionized roots reggae and dub, both as an instrumentalist and behind the mixing desk as a producer. EAST OF THE RIVER NILE, his first self-produced instrumental set, appeared in 1978 at the dawn of the dancehall era. While the album's pure, meditative vibes focus on Eastern themes and Rastafarian spirituality, a fine show of meat-and-potatoes roots musicianship is provided by members of the legendary groups the Wailers and the Upsetters.


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