Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Yabby You - Jesus Dread 1972 - 1977

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...Yabby cut a remarkable series of roots reggae classics, mostly appearing on his own "Vivian Jackson" and "Prophets" label in Jamaica...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"...a peerless collection...
From All Music:
The title of this two-disc set comes from the fact that Yabby a devout Christian Rastafarian. The depth of his religious faith informs every note on this remarkable album, which contains some of the darkest, dreadest reggae ever made. The medium-slow tempos, the minor chords, the song titles ("Love Thy Neighbor," "Carnal Mind," "Warn the Nation," etc.) all reflect an intent that goes beyond mere music-making. And yet the music itself is spectacular. Most of the songs featured on the album are presented in several versions -- an original vocal mix, a dub version, a deejay version (with toasting performed by such deejays as Dillinger and Big Youth over the dub cuts), and, often, an instrumental version featuring saxophonist Tommy McCook. The McCook tracks tend to sound like filler, but the album is still utterly essential. It's hard to imagine a better example of golden-era reggae at its finest.
From discogs:
Bass - Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, Clinton Fearon, Robbie Shakespeare
Drums - Benbow Creary, Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar
Engineer [Mixing] - King Tubby, Phillip Smart, Prince Jammy
Flute [Fife] - Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall
Guitar - Albert Griffiths, Bertram 'Ranchie' McLean, Earl 'Chinna' Smith
Melodica - Augustus Pablo
Organ - Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, Earl 'Bagga' Walker, Earl 'Wire' Lindo, Paul Dixon
Percussion - Bunny Wailer, Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson
Piano - Augustus Pablo, Bernard 'Touta' Harvey
Saxophone - Tommy McCook
Trombone - Vin Gordon
Trumpet - Bobby Ellis
Jesus Dread (1972-1977) Conquering Lion Style

Jesus Dread (1972-1977) Chanting Style