not so unusual, to find the best music in
the dusty corners of a Reggae store. Like
good roots, you have to dig deep to find
them. Hard Times by Pablo Gad is such an
The name Pablo Gad will not immediatly
ring a bell with many people. Completely
unjustified, if even for this album Hard
Pablo Gad is based in the UK, and he is
simply a very good vocalist. He has a wide
reach, beautifull melodies in his singing,
and especially when he sings conscious
lyrics you'll hear how Pablo Gad masters a
riddim like not many can do.
It's just too bad, that there's not so
much music released by Pablo Gad. He did
release more then one album, but Hard Times
is definitely his best.
Originally released in 1981 on the
Burning Sounds label, this UK produced album
contains some trukly beatifull music. As a
singer, as a toaster, Pablo Gad's voice is
definitely something special. He has a
wailing vibe in his singing which blends
well with the tight dubby UK Roots.
There is a consistency in quality
throughout the entire album. They are all of
high quality, and even the avarage tracks
have something special. When you're a DJ,
you can play any one of the tracks of this
album, and they will stand out between other
Reggae tracks. They truly will.
Listening to tracks like "Black
Before Creation, "Oh JAH" and the
priceless "Taugher than the World"
will immediatly touch the hearts of the true
lover of Reggae Music. Everyone who knows
how to appricilove Reggae Music, will
immediatly recognize the ultra high quality
throughout the entire album.
Pablo Gad sings, and every now and then
he starts doing some toasting ("Reggae
Rapping") as well. The album also
contains some pretty long DUB parts, which
makes the album even more enjoyable.
All in all, Pablo Gad's Hard Time is one
of the best UK Roots album from the early
1980's, without apology. The quality of the
music, the roots and culture, it's of a
timeless quality. When you respect your
musical collection, you will not regret this