Augustus Pablo This Is Augustus Pablo on LP
Born in St. Andrew, Jamaica as Horace Swab (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), Augustus Pablo was a roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, who got his start in the early 1970s. He popularized the use of the melodica in reggae music and released many hits with a variety of producers, including his close friend Clive Chin (which created his breakthrough hit "Java"), Gussie Clark, Bunny Lee, Lee Scratch Perry and more.
In the mid to late 70s, Pablo produced a steady stream of hits ("Black Star Liner" by Fred Locks) and LPs (1974's This Is...Augustus Pablo, 1974's Ital Dub, 1976's King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown and 1979's Original Rockers). As a producer, he also worked with artists such as Dillinger, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, The Immortals, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Wilson, Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and more.
The band for Pablo's groundbreaking 1974 debut This Is...Augustus Pablo , included a cast of the greatest reggae musicians of all time: future Wailer Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, "Fully" Fullwood and Lloyd Parks on the bass, Carlton Barrett, "Santa" Davis and Lloyd "Tin Leg" Adams were on drums and Earl "Chinna" Smith played guitar.
In addition to these future Hall of Famers, the mixing board was helmed by Errol Thompson. Thompson and Chin would together pioneer a tough, new reggae sound that, Chin referred to as "Rockers" after the Swaby brothers' Rockers Hi-Fi sound system. This Is...Augustus Pablo is considered among the greatest collections of Jamaican instrumental music and is an essential part of reggae history.