Yabby You ~ Jesus Dread 1972-1977
Blood & Fire
Double CD set & 36 page booklet
November 10, 1997

Track list
    Disc One : Conquering Lion Style
  1. Vivian Jackson & The Defenders - Love thy neighbour
  2. Vivian Jackson & The Ralph Brothers- Conquering lion
  3. Tommy McCook & Don D. Jnr - Fisherman special
  4. Big Youth & Vivian Jackson - Yabby youth
  5. King Tubby's - Big Youth fights against capitalism
  6. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Covetous men
  7. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Run come rally
  8. Rally dub Upsetter mix
  9. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Anti-Christ
  10. Dicky Burton - God is watching you
  11. Augustus Pablo & Vivian Jackson - Pablo dread in a red
  12. King Tubby's - King Tubby's rock
  13. The Prophets - Warn the nation
  14. King Tubby's - Honey dub
  15. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Carnal mind
  16. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Love of Jah
  17. King Tubby's - Love of Jah version
  18. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - The man who does the work
  19. Vivian Jackson & The Sons Of Jah - Jah vengeance
  20. Tommy McCook - Revenge
  21. Dillinger - Freshly
  22. Tappa Zukie - Naty dread on the mountain top
  23. Trinity - Gwan and lef' me
  24. King Tubby's - Tubby's vengeance
  25. Tommy McCook - Death trap
    Disc Two : Chanting Style
  1. Wayne Wade - Man of the living
  2. King Tubby's - King Tubby's special
  3. Wayne Wade - Lord of lords
  4. King Tubby's - Lord dub
  5. Errol Alphonso - Chant Jah victory
  6. King Tubby's - Jah victory dub
  7. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Walls Of Jerusalem
  8. King Tubby's - Jerusalem dub
  9. The Prophets & Trinity - King Pharao's plague discomix
  10. Tommy McCook - Plague of the horn
  11. King Tubby's - King Pharao's dub
  12. Trinity meets Dillinger - Jesus dread
  13. The Prophets & Trinity - Chant down Babylon kingdom discomix
  14. King Tubby's - Chanting dub
  15. Tommy McCook - Hornsman chant
  16. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Fire in a Kingston
  17. King Tubby's - Fire dub
  18. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Judgement on the land
  19. King Tubby's - Repatriation rock
  20. Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - Deliver me from my enemies
  21. Michael Rose - Born free
  22. King Tubby's - Love thy neighbour version
Rating : 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.