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volume 3 * issue 8 * June 1999

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June - Augustus Pablo Remembered   It seems like every month we've been reporting on the deaths of musicians and sadly this month is no different. On May 18th, Augustus Pablo, the legendary dubman and melodica-extraordinaire, passed away as a result of a rare nervous system illness. Pablo, born Horace Swaby in 1953, was an integral creator in dub music in the 1970s and his complete mastery of the the keys, including the melodica with its distinct sound which can be heard on countless Jamaican songs.

   He had worked with nearly everyone on the Jamaican music scene, from producers King Tubby, Derrick Harriott, and Lee Perry; to singers Jacob Miller, Hugh Mundell, Yami Bolo; and musicians Carlton & Aston "Familyman" Barrett, Sly & Robbie, Soul Syndicate, Leroy Sibbles and numerous others.

   In Stephen Davis and Peter Simon's Reggae International book, they say that Augustus Pablo "has done more than any other single musician to promote and develop dub in Jamaica and abroad." He borrowed his name from the original "Augustus Pablo" -- Glen Adams (The Upsetters, The Wailers, etc.), who created the name and allowed Swaby to use it upon Adams' departure to America in the early 1970s.

   Pablo's death is truly a huge loss to the world of music and his genius will surely be missed!

   A tribute e-mailing list has been set up in conjunction with Pablo's sister, Claudia Swaby McBean, at OneList so be sure and sign up!

June - Junior Marvin   We are proud to announce the creation of the official Junior Marvin webpage. The site, which is still under some construction, will keep all visitors up-to-date on all of the latest regarding Junior, including his upcoming tour and album. We couldn't have done the site without the help of Junior's manager, Mark Miller.

   Also on the site visitors will be able to read Junior Marvin's history, complete with his early solo band, Hanson, as well as being an integral member in Bob Marley & The Wailers. Be sure and join the Junior Marvin's Friends mailing list to stay on top of all updates and pressing news items.

   You can find the site at or at its alternate address HERE!.

   There's a great new Wailers related release about to hit stores on June 8th entitled Bob Marley & The Wailers "Destiny: Rare Ska Sides From Studio One." Just as the title states, the disc combines 19 rare songs from the band's Studio One days. Here's the tracklist:
1. Destiny 
2. Wages Of Love (alternate take)
3. Do You Feel The Same Way Too
4. Your Love
5. Don't Ever Leave Me (take 1)
6. Don't Ever Leave Me (take 2)
7. I Need You So
8. Rock Sweet Rock
9. Another Dance
10. Stand Predominant
11. Where Is My Mother (acoustic version)
12. Where Is My Mother (band version)
13. Dance With Me
14. What's New Pussycat
15. Treat Me Good
16. Jerking Time (aka Jerk In Time)
17. Do It Right
18. Let The Lord Be Seen In Me
CD bonus track 19. White Christmas

   These are songs that have for the most part have gone unheard for over 30 years, so this disc is quite a collection. There's covers of soul songs such as The Impressions' "Another Dance" to pop tunes like "What's New Pussycat" and "White Christmas." Another great feature to the disc is that most of the songs don't simply feature Bob Marley on lead but also Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Vision Walker and Junior Braithwaite.

   There's liner notes by Roger Steffens and Leroy Jodie Pierson as well as many unreleased photographs including the disc's cover photo. If you're interested in hearing the album before its release date, the Jammin' Reggae Archives has sound clips of the album HERE!

   If this isn't enough rare Wailers material for you, then you'll have to wait until July 13th for the second Heartbeat Records release, entitled Bob Marley & The Wailers "Wailers And Friends: Top Hits Sung By The Legends."

1. I've Got To Go Back Home - Bob Andy & The Wailers
2. Jerk All Night - Delroy Wilson & The Wailers
3. That Ain't Right - Rita Marley & The Wailers 
4. One More Chance - Rita Marley & The Wailers
5. Friends And Lovers - Rita Marley & The Wailers
6. A Deh Pon Dem - Rita Marley & The Wailers 
7. The Train Is Coming - Ken Boothe & The Wailers
8. Oh My Darling - Bob Marley & Marcia Griffiths
9. Tell Them Lord - Bob Marley & the Wailers
10. Rude Boy - Bob Marley & The Wailers
11. Where's Sammy Gone - Lord Brynner & The Wailers
12. Ice Water - Jack Sparrow & The Wailers
13. Pussy Galore - Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Wailers
14. Bless You - Bunny Livingston & Rita Marley
15. A Time To Cry - Jackie Opel & The Wailers
16. The Mill Man - Jackie Opel & The Wailers
17. I Want Justice - Delroy Wilson & The Wailers
18. Don't Cry Over Me - Joanne Dennis & The Wailers

   This disc features some of the rarest collaborations that the Wailers ever recorded, including such classics as "Pussy Galore" and "The Train Is Coming," all backed by The Skatalites. At long last, record companies are finally catching on and aren't simply rehashing the same material but are instead collecting extremely rare material for the first time.

   Even though the release date is still over a month away, a few online stores are now accepting advance orders for this disc, which should really highlight a side of The Wailers that is rarely shown -- their collaborations with other Jamaican artists.

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   If you haven't picked it up already, one of the best photographic books for Bob Marley is the incredible "Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer" with photos by Bruce W. Talamon. And now the book has a website where visitors can purchase original prints and some photos that didn't make it into the book. The excellent site is located at and you can read Talamon's biography and how he was able to travel with Bob Marley & The Wailers. Be sure to pay it a visit!

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   Roots Radics member Dwight Pickney is set to release his first solo album entitled "Jamaican Memories." The album features 20 cover songs of classic Jamaican tunes, including covers of The Wailers' "Screwface" and "Let Him Go." Dwight "Brother Dee" Pickney is the lead guitarist and a vocalist for the Roots Radics and in 1965 his band The Sharks backed The Wailers on "Put It On."

   The live Wailers Band album, originally scheduled for release in 1998 is finally about to be released. The disc entitled "The 'Legendary' Wailers Live At Maritime Hall" should hit stores on June 22nd on Artists Only! Records. The tracklist features 11 Bob Marley & The Wailers' covers and here it is:
Wailers Band Live
1. Guiltiness
2. Keep On Moving
3. War
4. Heathen
5. Want More
6. Jah Live
7. Easy Skankin'
8. Rat Race
9. No Woman, No Cry
10. Exodus
11. Get Up, Stand Up

   If you've been unable to complete your Peter Tosh collection because "Legalize It" and "Equal Rights" have been hard to find on CD, don't worry! Legacy Records (a subsidiary of Columbia) is going to re-release both albums on June 29th. They will most likely be remastered and in some type of new packaging. Legacy Records is also releasing a greatest hits disc of Peter Tosh on July 6th entitled "Scrolls Of The Prophet: The Best Of Peter Tosh." The disc features 15 classic Tosh songs, possibly with a few suprises.

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   Be on the look out for a brand new issue of The Beat magazine with its special annual Bob Marley edition, edited by Roger Steffens. The look and feel of this issue will be glossy with mostly color and should be on newstands as you read this.

   Two new Marley related releases to look for very soon. The new Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers disc entitled "Spirit of Music" on Elektra Records is scheduled for release on July 13th. A very special guest that will be featured on the album is blues legend Taj Mahal who will be guesting on one track. Ky-mani Marley's new album "The Journey" on Gee-Street Records is due in stores on June 29th. It should be an excellent release.

   Bunny Wailer's only 1999 tour date so far is going to be at this years One World Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado over Labor Day weekend. His past performances at the One World Music Festival have all been touted as the very best of his career and this years should be just as legendary. For more information visit the official One World Music Festival website.

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