AUGUSTUS PABLO — East Of The River Nile

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Album · 1978

Tracklist

A1 Chant To King Selassie I
A2 Natural Way
A3 Nature Dub
A4 Upfull Living
A5 Unfinished Melody
A6 Jah Light
B1 Memories Of The Ghetto
B2 Africa (1983)
B3 East Of The River Nile
B4 Sounds From Levi
B5 Chapter 2
B6 Addis A Baba

Line-up/Musicians

- Augustus Pablo / melodica, clavinet, piano, organ, string ensemble
with:

Bass – Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Bagga, Clayton Downie, Robbie Shakespeare
Drums – Carlton Barrett, Max Edwards, Noel "Alfonso" Benbow
Guitar [Lead] – Earl "Chinna" Smith
Percussion - Everton DaSilva

About this release

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Recorded at Harry J, A & R, Channel One, King Tubbys & Black Ark Studios

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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“East of the River Nile” is not your typical dub record. Instead of the usual bare-bones arrangements doctored with echo and sound treatments, keyboardist Augustus Pablo give us a straight ahead instrumental reggae album that features layers of classic analog keyboards. It’s the sound of the layered electronic keyboards that makes this one different from the usual dub crowd, and gives it something more in common with 70s psychedelic keyboard jazz albums like Les McCann’s “Layers” or exotic instrumental art-rockers like Bo Hanson. The groovy electronic albums of Les Baxter and Denny Martin might come to mind, and Pablo’s way of doubling the clavinet and string synthesizer for melodies sounds a lot like Bernie Worrel’s signature work with Parliament/Funkadelic. This is the dub record that crosses over into that special 70s genre of the instrumental multi-keyboardist album, released back when eager fans of multi-stacked keyboard setups would search the backs of album covers to see how many cool keyboards were being used.

Another thing that helps Augustus Pablo standout from the dub crowd is his gift for melody. “East of the River Nile” is full of well developed tunes that draw on 60s art-pop and movie type themes which are creatively arranged with Pablo’s arsenal of keyboards. Every song has a unique sound pallet and color. Although fans of classic dub reggae are probably already well aware of this one, “Nile” should also have a lot of cross-appeal to collectors of exotic instrumentals and rare groove.

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