Review: Start your year off in perfectly horizontal fashion with this welcome reissue of Augustus Pablo's classic "East Of The River Nile" from 1977. The purely instrumental album spotlights Pablo's famous ability on the melodica, as well as various other retro keyboards that dazzle and shine over the earthy reggae rhythms. The Jamaican called in high profile guests like Bob Marley's backing band The Wailers to help lay down these grooves, and both King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry were involved in the mixing. As such, it's a truly heavyweight offering that should be part of any self-respecting reggae lover's collection.
Augustus Pablo/Rockers All Stars - "Africa 1983" (3:04)
Augustus Pablo/Rockers All Stars - "Africa Dub" (2:52)
Review: This choice various artists 10" brings together three of reggae's most iconic names - Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo and Rockers All Stars. Mundell's impassioned cries on "Africa Must Be Free" resonate as loudly now as they did back then, while "Park Lane Special" from Pablo is a swaggering gem full of multi-layered synths and icy, snaking hi hats. Rockers All Stars appear on three cuts of meandering dub, and each one is laced with fine chord work and a real sense of optimism.