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Pablo Gad - Trafalgar Square

£9.99 GBP
BSRCD996

Format: CD

Secret Records are releasing the 1980 Trafalgar Square album re-issued on CD and 180 gram vinyl in its original cover.
That Ska and Reggae come from Jamaica is a fact, another fact is that you don't have to live in a hot Kingston ghetto to make great music, although, unfortunately that's what the majority of reggae listeners decided early on in the music's history.
Early arrivals on the London scene like Robert "˜Dandy Livingston' Thompson, Owen Gray and Laurel Aitken all struggled to stamp their own identity on their music as everyone preferred the JA brand of ska or reggae than the UK variety. Live on stage they went down a storm, but on record many would favour a JA disc to a UK record.
Pablo Gad may not be the first name to spring to any roots collector's mind with little written about him in such luminary works as The Rough Guide To Reggae, but his emergence alongside other little known UK artists such as Lion Youth (who hit with Rat A Cut Bottle), indicate what a thriving and vibrant scene London of the late 1970's and early 1980's was, and how much wonderful and creative music was made thousands of miles away from regga's birthplace of Jamaica.
Trafalgar Square was issued in 1979, riding on Pablo Gad's Bloodsuckers hit, and released on the Burning Sounds imprint in a rather fetching red vinyl for the initial run before turning to basic black for the remainder. Bizarrely it was also issued on the twin-label to Burning Sounds, Burning Rockers, in 1979 as well. That too came in red vinyl as well as black.
The whole album is composed, produced and arranged by Pablo Gad.
Trafalgar Square was a wake-up call to all the purists who derided UK reggae and as such was one of the defining albums of the London-based reggae scene which burgeoned as the decade rolled along, and deserves to be filed beside many other notable albums from the likes of Burning Spear, Pablo Moses and Culture completely irrespective of where they were recorded.
LP
Side 1
1. Bloodsuckers
2. Visions Of Pablo
3. Trodding On home
4. Natty Loving
5. Jailhouse Pressure

Side 2
1. Trafalgar Square
2. Tru I De A Jail
3. What Makes A Natty dread Cry
4. Riddle I Dis
5. Bloodsuckers Dub
CD
1. Bloodsuckers
2. Visions Of Pablo
3. Trodding On home
4. Natty Loving
5. Jailhouse Pressure
6. Trafalgar Square
7. Tru I De A Jail
8. What Makes A Natty dread Cry
9. Riddle I Dis
10. Bloodsuckers Dub