Toppa Top 10: Addis Pablo Selects 10 Classic Rockers

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5. Augustus Pablo – Hot & Cold

Black Art - Augustus Pablo - Hot & Cold Version 1

This is coming out of the very legendary Black Ark Records with Lee “Scratch” Perry. One of the good things about my dad and the time that he was coming up [is] he was working with Scratch Perry, King Tubby’s, Bob Marleyโ€” everybodyโ€”so there’s no way that it couldn’t have worked out. The tracks he did with Scratch were very ethereal. You know Scratch is sort of into the spacey sound so the tracks from melodica are the types of tracks Scratch would choose and they were perfect for melodica and just fit, like it was meant to be. A pressing was done on Rockers but this is one of Scratch’s riddims. The relationship that my dad developed with producers, he was able to play for them, maybe like 10 keyboard sessions, and he would get the riddim. That’s [part of] what helped to build the catalogue of Rockers.

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