Pave The Way + Dubs
Pablo Moses
Young Tree Records
2 CD Digipak
April 25, 2005

Track list
CD 1 - Pave The Way
  1. Proverbs Extractions
  2. It's A Trick
  3. Pave The Way
  4. Dig On
  5. Africa Is For Me
  6. A Step Before Hell
  7. Last Straw
  8. I See It Everyday
  9. Sister
CD 2 - Dub The Way
  1. Proverbs Dub
  2. A Trick Dub
  3. Dub The Way
  4. Dig To Dub
  5. African Dub
  6. Before Hell Dub
  7. Straw Dub
  8. Everyday Dub
  9. Sister Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Pablo Moses, born Pablito Henry, 28 June 1948, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies got his start performing with informal school bands. He and chum Don Prendes eventually formed the Canaries, which remained his back-up group, and began performing at talent shows. They also auditioned for Duke Reid and at Dodd's Studio One with little success. He made his debut recording in 1975 with the puzzling song "I Man a Grasshopper". The song title refers the title character of the then popular television series Kung Fu though it tells the story of a drunken ex-cop who turns in a ganja-smoking singer. It was immediately evident that an extraordinary talent was at work, an impression that was sustained by the release of "We Should Be In Angola' (1976), produced by Clive Hunt. His first album, "Revolutionary Dream", was released in 1977, and it still stands as a genuine mid-70s reggae classic. Moses' detached delivery of his parable-like songs coalesced with Geoffrey Chung's brilliant production and arrangements to form a truly remarkable whole.

"Revolutionary Dream" was acclaimed, but it brought him little profit and Moses decided to back off from the music scene for a while. During this time, he spent two years studying at the Jamaica School of Music. It was there that he gathered a new group of musicians and began performing at night clubs, theaters and on campus. Two further excellent albums under Chung's supervision followed, "A Song" and "Pave The Way". Moses then decided to produce himself, but was unable to sustain the quality of his previous releases. Pablo Moses remains one of the most original out- spoken roots reggae artist in Jamaica after more than 20 years, still throwing out lyrics that is sociologically, political and culturally connected. Pablo Moses has toured extensively in Canada, U.S.A., South America, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia and some Caribbean countries and gained a strong reputation as a live performer.

Young Tree Records is a grassroots independent record label based out of Northern California. Partners Harrison Stafford and Kris Dilbeck founded the company in 1999 following the release of Groundation's first studio album entitled "Young Tree". The album marks both the birth of the Roots Reggae group Groundation and the beginning of record label, Young Tree Records. The company strives to provide music that moves the heart and soul of the listener.

Their release of Pablo Moses' classic set "Pave The Way" gets an extra dimension as they have added the dub versions as well on a seperate cd, packaged as a nice digpak. This release features the original 1980 recordings, remastered by Jim Fox. The reflective album is a classic example of roots music with a pounding drum and bass, highly leaning towards the subtle jazz flavours and at times mixed with sophisticated funk. Producer Geoffrey Chung gathered together an impressive line-up of musicians (see below) and the results was stunning. Still some 25 years later the album has not lost any of its powers.
Musicians involved : Mikey "Mao" Chung (guitar); Dean Frazer (saxophone); David Madden (trumpet); Nambo Robinson (trombone); Earl Lindo, Robbie Lyn (keyboards); Peter Ashbourne (synthesizer, programming); Val Douglas (bass guitar); Mikey Boo Richards (drums); Sticky Thompson (percussion); Scully, Sydney (akete). Studio : Dynamic Sound Studio, Kingston. Background vocals: Home T-4.
A must have set!