Augustus Pablo: Ital Dub LP
2017 cardboard sleeve edition of Augustus Pablo's Ital Dub, originally released in 1975. This is Augustus Pablo's first collaboration with King Tubby. "Navigating Pablo's back catalogue is a difficult task, since he got his start as an un-credited session player in the late 1960s, mostly working as a keyboardist.
Several early singles credited to Augustus Pablo actually featured the work of other players, as the name was randomly assigned by producer Herman Chin-Loy, who first recorded Pablo's melodica tracks. There are also albums bearing his name that feature less-talented imposters.
But have no fear when you pick up Ital Dub, a 1974 album produced by Tommy Cowan; it is the real deal, featuring Pablo's cool melodica over some of the best works Cowan ever issued. . . . Nicely straddling the divide between straight instrumental and manipulated dub, Ital Dub is ultimately a snapshot of Augustus Pablo finding his way, on the cusp of greater glory as a bonafide producer of his own works." --David Katz