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East of the River Nile [CD]

Augustus Pablo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000066RMY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chant To King Selassie I 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Natural Way 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nature Dub 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Upfull Living 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Unfinished Melody 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jah Light 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Memories Of The Ghetto 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Africa (1983) 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. East Of The River Nile 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sounds From Levi 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chapter 2 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Addis-A-Baba 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. East Africa 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. East Of The River Nile (Original) 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Memories Of The Ghetto Dub 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jah Light Version 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Islington Rock 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Meditation Dub 2:120.99  Buy MP3 

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The late Horace Swaby, aka Augustus Pablo, was one of the canonical figures of Jamaican reggae and dub music. From the time he emerged on the scene as a teenager with his hit single "Java" to the classics he cut with his influential Rockers band and label, Pablo made the melodica, a mouth organ of European origin, an indispensable part of the reggae sound. That instrument's piercing and poetic strains made East Of The River Nile, a memorable, out-of-print-classic, originally released in 1977 and re-released in honour of its 25th anniversary, a marvel of sound and soul. Recorded in Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark Studio and mixed by the scientist of sound, King Tubby, Pablo, who also plays keyboards, is backed by a first-rate band that includes Robbie Shakespeare on bass, drummer Aston "Family Man" Barrett and guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith. Pablo and company deliver a non-dub instrumental album that serves as the syncopated soundtrack of the Rasta nation. Who could forget the minor key, Afro-anthems "Chant to King Selassie I", "Natural Way" and "Jah-Light". Along with shout-outs from Perry, the Orb and others, the CD also includes six bonus tracks and a never-before-heard version of the title cut. All told, Augustus Pablo's "Far East Sound" is still with us. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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A very special 25th anniversary edition of this long out of print classic album. Included in addition to the original album are six rare bonus tracks including a never before on CD version of the title track as well as a host more material such as testimonials from the likes of Lee Scratch Perry and Sly & Robbie.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Row Mr.Pablo Row! 27 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can't understand why one of the greatest reggae albums of all time has got no reviews!
This album was, and still is, M-A-S-S-I-V-E for a number of reasons. It was a defining moment in dub production where musical content and melody surfaced beyond the echo and loop effects.Still cited in many a 'greatest albums of all times' chart mainly becuase it is lauded by so many musicians from so many styles of music beyond reggae and dub. Spiritual rastafari in its atmosphere yet hauntingly beautiful at the same time. I paid quite a lot for this on import in 1978 and I felt pretty special owning it then. I converted a number of rock fans to things dubwise such is the universal appeal of this album.This latest version has a number of bonus tracks beyond the original 13 but they are not really needed.Highlights for me are the title track and its dub version along with the Africa Must Be Free workings made famous by the late Hugh Mundell's vocal cut. The first 3 tracks are clever workings of the same riddim which get rootsier as each one unfolds.Not really a bad track to be found if you like things strictly dubwise.If you do then why are you reading this surely you already own this album?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing 20 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest records ever made; heard this twenty years ago and it made an indelible impression back then; just bought it and listened to it for the first time in a long time since and nothing's changed - those melodies, that haunting production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic album 19 Mar 2014
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this is THE classic album of Augustus Pablo...not to be missed , buy it.... truly inspiring music especially if you love reggae
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5.0 out of 5 stars Head North, End Up East... 30 April 2012
By Tony
Format:Audio CD
My favourite dub album for a long time was "North of the River Thames" by Doc Pablo & The Dub Syndicate. It wasn't until quite recently that I discovered "East of the River Nile", and realised that my favourite album was a homage to another classic!
Get them both! Melodica-tastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agreed..........This is absolutely essential melodic dub 3 May 2005
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Establishing a career in the overcrowded market of 'Dub' music is never going to be an easy task....unless your name is "King Tubby", "Lee 'Scratch' Perry" or "Mad Professor", standing out from the multitude of artists that have produced various Dub tracks or Remixes, or reinterpretations, is harder than we probably imagine. And the fact that Dub music is largely considered to be the preserve of either the 'Dreadlocked' or 'Permanently Stoned', limits its crossover appeal. Yet Augustus Pablo was either wise enough, or indeed forward thinking enough, to realise that merely creating a Dub album that didn't differentiate itself from any other Dub album, was going to be a pointless exercise....so Augustus tapped into a market that was largely untouched. The 'Melodic' spectrum of Dub music, by completely sidestepping the bass heavy sounds, and reverb-ladened echo effects that largely dominate Dub music, he was able to bring something uniquely his to the table. And with even more of an angle, he used the 'Yazoo' (considered to be a Children's harmonic instrument) and more importantly & significantly....the 'Melodica' (a harmonica with a keyboard), which would make up his organ-orientated form of Dub music, with superb use of Piano, Synthesizer, producing a sound far more relaxed and Delicate edge, than Dub music is usually given credit for.

Those hoping for the deep thumping bass, that makes up a lot of Dub music, will be either shocked or surprised to hear that, this is a million miles away from those sorts of Dub tracks, instead what Augustus does is make simple, melody-driven tracks that focus on the earthy, reflective and organic use of his Yazoo & melodica. Whether Its haunting Oriental-esque melody, or simple vocal lines that for all intents and purposes sound like a medative lullaby's, or indeed minor keys and prominent melodica lines , coupled with Pablo alternating rudimentary but spooky solos on melodica and organ over a jagged riddim, it's arguably all so beautifully implemented and produced, that its feels less like Dub and more mellow instrumental roots reggae. Its interesting to hear how Augustus takes that simplest of rhythms and builds tunes, arrangements around this central rhythm / idea, and the vibes are of the most relaxed kind, as the music never really gets past a slow-paced grooves, that languish over harmonious stoned groovescapes.

Augustus has made several absolutely essential albums in this career, and his simplified, stripped down, plaintive form of melodic-Dub truly deserved a wider-audience, as his music has the unique ability to express moods. But it, something contemplative or organic, it was a sound that was able to express moods in the way that various forms of 'Jazz' music is able to. His melodica is largely the key to his sound, and the simple instrument's unusual sound is hard to mistake for anything else, colouring and texturing the simple rhythms, in a oddly delicate way, yet the vaguely Middle Eastern sound of his melodica is immediately recognisable, and therefore makes his warm and compelling music that much more accessible. This is considered to be amongst his best albums (along with " King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown"), as the most impressive body of his work, and having thoroughly enjoyed this album, I whole-heartily recommend it to anyone thinking of picking up Augustus' work, as it is in turns: Mellow, downtempo, laid-back and beautifully rendered, yet also spiritual & possessing a dark and mystical ambience. Critics will point to the fact that the various tracks on his albums, aren't radically different from each other, and have a tendency to blend into each other. That is partially true, as it's very easy for his sound to wash over the listener, and before you realise it...your halfway through the album. But such criticisms should not dissuade potential buyers, as this is some of the most organically expressive instrumental Dub music, I've had the pleasure of listening to, and it's one of those rare breed of albums, in which you don't necessarily have to be in a certain mood to listen to, and you feel in a better mood for having listened to it.......Essential
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Roots Classic 25 Nov 2002
By Thor Furbeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
East of the River Nile, arguably Augustus Pablo's greatest masterpiece, is without a doubt one of the great roots dub albums ever made. Nowhere else is Pablo's "far east style" exemplified better than on this disc. The vibe is one of ancient africa, and the music gets better on each listening; revealing layers of subtleties that are uncovered only after spending many hours with this disc. This album is a blessing and must be weighed in as an all time great. Highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL REGGAE ALBUM!! 7 Jan 2005
By Coleen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Augustus Pablo's greatest album! And one of the finest reggae albums ever recorded! It's a total chill out! And, no, it's not "too mellow", as one review stated. It's like a mixture of Middle-Eastern music, dub, and reggae, and the sound quality is superb!! I can't wait 'til you hear it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Roots Vibe 1 Aug 2003
By James L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is simply a terrific record. Shanachie wins my admiration for reissuing it with such fine sound and excellent extra tracks.
There are too many outstanding tracks on this disc to go into detail on them. Some are straightforward melodica or keyboard versions, some are closer to dub but they all reveal more layers of depth with each listen. Plus all the music has that true inspiration that can't be faked. My personal favorite is "Unfinished Melody" which in unlike anything else I've ever heard. Close to Lee Perry in vibe without sounding like him.
One note: Tracks 13 and 14 are mis-titled. 13 should be called the original 1971 version of "East of the River Nile". Track 14 is a dub of the later version of the same song (which appears earlier in the CD). I guess its title is "East Africa", which is what the disc calls Track 13.
Along with "King Tubby's meets Rockers Uptown" this is essential Pablo and essential roots music.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING! 12 Jun 2002
By Psul Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been waiting for someone to reissue this classic album, and now it's here. Plus the label has included 6 tracks that weren't ever possible to get on CD before now...it's an incredible record that takes me back and reminds me how Pablo truly was and still is the king of original dub reggae. This record has influenced so many of todays artists and its about time Pablo got his due. I'm buying a 2nd copy right now so i have one in the car and one at home. I'm disapointed in so much music that i buy, but this CD doesn't have one track that needs to be skipped.
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