Album review
In Dub - Sounds Of The 70's
Yabby You Meets Tommy McCook
Peacemaker Records
14 - 08 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Crisis
  2. Redemption Draweth Nigh
  3. Dr. Bird
  4. Crying Zambia
  5. My Home
  6. Rockport
  7. I N I Time
  8. Tommy Cooks
  9. Jah High
  10. Fire
  11. Jah Want Us
  12. Stand Up
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Yabby You recorded his initial single 'Conquering Lion' in 1969. He saved his money for three years until he was able to to record and release the album 'Conqueriong Lion' in 1972 on his own 'Prophets' imprint. This album immediately established his presence in reggae music and lots of excellent releases followed.
Tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook is most commonly associated with the collective genius of The Skatalites, the preeminent emnsemble of the ska and rocksteady era's in Jamaican music. These two masters of reggae music team up on these wicked dub/instrumental album recorded during the golden age of reggae music. The 12 songs found here showcase clearly the qualities of these two men. The final mixing was done by another legend of Jamaican music, King Tubby.
The atmosphere throughout the whole album is very relaxed and laid back. The music is swinging and groovy, with ocassionaly little dub effects added. The choice of riddims found is here is impeccable : lots of revitalised Studio One tunes and Yabby You originals. The musicians on board include top artists like Earl Chinna Smith & Lloyd Parks (guitar), Santa & Horsemouth (drums), Robbie Shakespear & Family Man (bass), Earle Wire Lindo (organ) and Sticky on percussion. The album was recorded at Channel One, and engineered by Errol Thompson and Pat Kelly.
A fine album !

Teacher & Mr. T.