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Melodica as High Art: “Talkin’ Blues” Dub Style

I confess I am not an Augustus Pablo scholar, but I would bet big money that Pablo’s dub take on Bob Marley‘s “Talkin’ Blues” is among the most inspired recordings in his canon.  I only wish I could determine the source of the original Marley vocal and backing track – it’s a stellar version.  Pablo blows great lines with deep feeling from start to finish.  This song strikes me as a dub reggae version of the “high lonesome” sound for which country music is famous:

Talking Dub

Augustus Pablo & The Wailers


I never tire of listening to this recording – and neither should you.   This track can be found on a French import single-CD double release on the Lagoon label:  Fe Me Dub + Dubwise Shower Roots Rockers

According to these notes posted in Discogs

Collection of two dub albums credited to Roots Rockers from 1983:


Dubwise Shower

Jimmy Radway and Tommy Cowan are listed as producers, with liner notes written by Steve Barrow.


LINK to Melodica

LINK to Dub Reggae +/- Version

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