King David's Melody

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King David's Melody
King David's Melody Cover.jpg
Compilation album by Augustus Pablo
Released 1983
Recorded Harry J/King Tubby's, Kingston, Jamaica 1975–1982
Genre Reggae
Label Rockers
Producer Augustus Pablo
Augustus Pablo chronology
Earth's Rightful Ruler
(1982)Earth's Rightful Ruler1982
King David's Melody
Rising Sun
(1986)Rising Sun1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

King David's Melody is a reggae compilation album by Augustus Pablo, originally released in 1983 on his Rockers record label.

It is a collection of singles recorded between 1975 and 1982 for both the Rockers and Message record labels.

It features Robbie Shakespeare on bass guitar, Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar and Horsemouth Wallace on drums. Pablo produced the album and played melodica, piano, organ, xylophone and string synthesizer.

The songs were both recorded and mixed at Harry J and King Tubby's Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

Much like the previous album, Earth's Rightful Ruler, the title of this album is in reference to Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia and a figure who many Rastafarians believe was a descendent of King David, the ancient King of Israel.

A 2006 release by Shanachie featured three added bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "King David's Melody"
  2. "Zion High"
  3. "Mr Bassie"
  4. "Rastafari Tradition"
  5. "West Abyssinia"
  6. "Israel in Harmony"
Side two
  1. "Rockers Mood"
  2. "Sufferers Trod"
  3. "Revelation Time"
  4. "Selfish Youths"
  5. "Corner Stone Dub"
  6. "Kent Road"
Bonus tracks featured on 2006 Shanachie release
  1. "Hot Milk (Extended Version)"
  2. "Freedom Step"
  3. "Jah Strength Ital Step"



  1. ^ Jeffries, David. King David's Melody at AllMusic

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