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Boomkat Product Review:
Nice ’n easy yet heavy as heck, Augustus Pablo’s King David’s Melody pulls together 11 mesmerising examples of the melodica maestro previously issued on hard-to-find singles between 1975 and 1982 thru his Rockers and Message labels.
It’s strictly instrumentals on offer, channelling the higher powers of Rastafari into fluid, ribboning melodies over beautifully cut grooves turned out by some of the island’s finest.
If we’re playing favourites, the effervescent rhythm box patter and cirrus keyboard licks of Kent Road, the collection’s sweetest number, is right up there, as is the haunting title cut, the weightless suspension of Mr. Bassie, and the disco-ready hustle of West Abyssinia. But to be fair the whole set is a dream collection.