Few producers can claim to have created their own sound. One who can is however Jamaican music giant Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, who during his long career has created a number game-changers, including Gregory Isaacs’ monster smash Rumors and Big Youth’s superb debut album Screaming Target and its dreader than dread title track.
Augustus Clarke has for many years been a behind the scenes figure and his output in the 70s and 80s has cried to be reissued. And luckily reggae giant VP took their responsibility as a powerhouse last year and put out two excellent compilations – Augustus Pablo’s Born to Dub You and Augustus Clarke’s The Right Tracks.
Now comes another stellar compilation from VP with Augustus Clarke material. From the Foundation follows the brilliant King Jammy compilation Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng. Both sets come with three discs – two CDs and one DVD – and chronologically cover their careers.
And with such as presentation of cuts you can easily follow the development of reggae from the 70s up until today. It’s a fascinating journey jam-packed with rare tracks, golden classics and best-sellers.
Augustus Clarke was instrumental in advancing several artists careers. One of the most successful artists he worked with was Shabba Ranks’ and together they recorded a number of big hits, including Mr. Lover Man, with Deborahe Glasgow, and Twice My Age with Krystal, both included on this magnificent set.
Augustus Clarke helped to revolutionize Jamaican music and that’s clearly showcased on From the Foundation.