Different sound setups from Randy’s (Album “This is Augustus Pablo” ~73)
Is there a way to edit previous post? i can’t find any buttons.
I did additional researches, and melodica did appear in some productions around 66-68 (with a minor role). Some people think it comes from Danny McFarnale
I was scared too to break everything but one really out-of-tune note forced me to do so. I ended retuning the whole keys. I expected the reed to be much more thin, so there’s a good margin until you break something (Hohner26 for me).
The reed gapping adjustment was a more difficult process as i learned the gapping didn’t have to be uniform (the…[Read more]
A three to one (or 2-1) mix of water and common distilled (unflavored) vinegar is the usual solution for washing the melodica,
I threw the two parts in my kitchen sink with about 50/50 mix of warm water and vinegar, and a touch of dish soap. They were in the water for about 30 minutes
Actually i followed some advices here and it didn’t turn too…[Read more]
================= MELODICA IN DEEP ROOTS====================
Collaboration with producer Lee Perry – Black Ark Studio
================= MELODICA FOR HIRE 1971-75====================
Producer: Herman Chin Loy
Aquarius Rock compilation (includes Iggy Iggy, East of River Nile, Song of the East, The Red Sea, Aquarius Rock)
Producer: Clive…[Read more]
Here’s the detailed Augustus Pablo discography centered on his melodica works in the 70s (i didn’t include works on keyboard,clavinet, xylophone and dub versions). There’s a good 150+ songs to enjoy here, all linked to youtube.
I structured the list around producers and periods, it makes sense as reggae evolved a lot during the 70s and each…[Read more]
I hope Hohner is reading these forums and get a clue that they should bring these models back and maybe add a 32 and 36 note version in the same design.
Actually there was a recent Hohner marketing collaboration made with Addis, Pablo’s son. Sound is really ugly as expected and Addis seems so bored it’s really painful to watch
I saw several…[Read more]
I didn’t go into full details regarding Augustus Pablo works, but i will post next into annoted single chronological discography (in fact there’s not that much singles with melodica as lead instrument). I think my recommandation list post in the first post should be a good starting point.
Because of their single nature, lot of his works are…[Read more]
Comments & thoughts
1/ Which melodica to play reggae?
What are your feeling about different melodica sounds here? Did you identified some specific models?
I feel the Hohner 26 definitely suits reggae best
2/ How to get the reggae dub sound?
Studio effect brings really big change in the overall sound (check Pablo early…[Read more]
Others melodica players
When it comes to melodica Augustus Pablo remains the great pioneer. Some occasional melodica players appeared soon after his breakout hit “Java” in 1971, mainly coming from piano & horns background, but nobody really explored and played that instrument consistently and the total record…[Read more]
Augustus Pablo, The spiritual father
He was responsible for the (short-lived) melodica craze in the jamaican music industry in the mid 70s, and remained the sole true specialist of this instrument in the reggae field. He also played clavinet, xylophone and piano with great melodic results (check out Marabi, a…[Read more]
Hello there .. my first post!
Here you will find some informations & profiles about melodica in reggae. There is surely lot of things to say and discuss. For the moment, i will mainly focus here on 70s reggae, hence ignoring recent players (Art-X, Addis Pablo,..)
This topic will consist in 3 main posts:
– a basic Augustus Pablo overview