In The Future (Remastered)
Pablo Moses
Grounded Music
June 3, 2016

Track list
  1. Ready, Aim, Fire
  2. What Is It?
  3. The Slayer
  4. Subway Rider
  5. Who?
  6. In The Future
  7. Reggae Warrior
  8. Sillie Willie
  9. I And I Naw Bow
  10. Rhythm Track
  11. Ready, Aim, Dub
  12. Rhythm Dub
  13. What Is Dub
  14. Dub Future
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Pablo Moses, born in Jamaica as Pableto Henry, released his first album "Revolutionary Dream" in 1975 and it became an instant classic. He "articulated his Rastafarian ideology with unprecedented political frankness in a high pitched, horn-like voice over rhythms and harmonies laid down by keyboardist/ producer Geoffrey Chung." Signing with Mango Records, he collaborated with Geoffrey Chung five years later to produce his follow up, 1980's "A Song", a subtle answer to the fire of his debut release. In 1981, Pablo Moses issued his third album, entitled "Pave The Way". By then, he had amassed a strong following in Jamaica, Europe, North America and Japan.

When Island Records and Geoffrey Chung broke up he signed with Alligator Records to produce and release the album "In The Future". He expanded and deepened his sound and rhetoric with 1985's "Tension" and 1987's "Live to Love". "We Refuse", released in 1990, was a lyrical response to the political climate of the '80s. In 1993, Pablo signed with Musicdisc of France to produce "The Confession Of A Rastaman", which was in the same vein as "Revolutionary Dream", "A Song" and "Pave The Way". Then came the album "Mission", one of Pablo’s best works since "Revolutionary Dream". These albums were produced by Pablo Moses and Clive Hunt. During Pablo Moses' association with Musicdisc, Pablo also released a compilation set and some of his albums were re-issued. Pablo Moses has kept touring extensively throughout the world with considerable success.

His 1983 album "In The Future" is being re-issued inna remastered edition by the French label Grounded Music. The album drew (not always positive!) attention because of the frequent use of electronic instrumentation like the synthesizer and vocoder. As a bonus they've added some nice dub workouts mixed by Geoffrey Chung. The album sees Pablo experimenting on two tracks with the vocoder, a novelty in reggae music at the time of its recordings. The vocoder experiments from Peter Ashbourne on the title track "In The Future" and "Subway Rider" are terrible, and would best been left out. The rest of the album offers typical Pablo Moses quality tunes. "Ready, Aim, Fire" is a winner and was well received as a single at that time. "I And I Naw Bow" with its propelling bass line remains an outstanding tune. The same goes for "Reggae Warrior", a compelling roots tune. Further worth mentioning is "Slayer" with its gruesome lyrics and "Sillie Willie".

Time to get yourself a new copy!