Yabby You ~ Jesus Dread 1972-1977
Blood & Fire
Double CD set & 36 page booklet
November 10, 1997
Disc One : Conquering Lion Style
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Vivian Jackson acquired his nickname Yabby You from the drawn out, chanting
refrain on his 1972 debut 45 Conquering lion: "Be you, yabby yabby you".
As a leader of The Prophets (additional personnel at various times included
Alric Forbes, Dada Smith, Bobby Melody and The Ralph Brothers) Yabby cut a
remarkable series of roots reggae classics, mostly appearing on his own
"Vivian Jackson" and "Prophets" label in Jamaica. With the release of the
"Ram-A-Dam" album in 1975, the U.K. variation of the Jamaican-issued
"Conquering Lion", Yabby You swiftly acquired cult status: his name
synonymous with reggae music of a deep, spiritual nature. He also gained a
reputation as a producer of other artists, including deejays Trinity, Dillinger,
Jah Stitch, Tappa Zukie and Clint Eastwood, and singers Wayne Wade, Junior Brown,
Willie Williams, Tony Tuff and Michael Prophet.
The whole of the "Conquering Lion" set, a true cornerstone of Jamaican roots music, is included on the first disc of this CD reissue, along with further cuts of many of its songs. The second disc draws on 7" and 12" singles releases, as well as tracks taken from the 1977 album "Walls Of Jerusalem".
This is the definitive Yabby You collection with forty seven tracks of prime roots material adding up to over two and a half hours worth of music and lovingly put together with all of Blood & Fire's customary care and attention to detail. The faultless vocals are complemented by deejay, instrumental and dub takes (different to Blood & Fire's "King Tubby's prophesy of dub") and the whole set is a testament to Yabby You's faith and vision expressed in musical terms "Dem use to deal with Rastafari an' I deal with Jah through Jesus Christ". Extensive sleeve notes, interviews and photographs combine to make this a peerless collection and an essential purchase.