Saturday, April 19, 2008


Yabby You : " Deliver me from my enemies"1977

Yabby You isn't the biggest name in roots reggae, but as an artist and producer he generated a body of work that measures up well next to the work of giants like Burning Spear, the Abyssinians, and Culture. Born Vivian Jackson, Yabby was in his twenties when he first took to the producer's chair at Channel One Studios and cut the deep roots trilogy of Conquering Lion, Walls of Jerusalem, and Deliver Me from My Enemies, a formidable set of albums that established his decidedly sparse and rhythmically steady sound. .

Track list:
1-Deliver Me From My Enemies
2-Judgement Time
3-Blood Ago Run Down King Street
4-Love In Zimba
5-Zion Gate
6-Everlasting Life
7-Lonely Me
8-Take My Hand (Aka Stranger In Love)
9-Pound Get A Blow
10-Pick The Beam
11-And Amlak (One God)
12-Economical Crisis

Yabby You - deliver me from my enemies

Yabby You - Jesus Dread 1972-1977


Yabby You - Jesus Dread 1972-1977
Label: Blood And Fire, 1997
Record date: 1972-77
Album style: Deejay, Dub, Instrumental, Lee Library, Roots, Tubby, Vocals

b. Vivian Jackson, 14 June 1949, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Yabby acquired his nickname from the drawn-out, chanting refrain on his 1972 debut single, "Conquering Lion": "Be You, Yabby Yabby You". Despite courting controversy in his repudiation of Rastafarian godhead Haile Selassie, in favour of a personalized form of Christianity, his output throughout the 70s and early 80s nonetheless rarely deviated far from the orthodox Rastafarianism typically expressed at the time. As leader of the Prophets (additional personnel at various times included Alric Forbes, Dada Smith, Bobby Melody and the Ralph Brothers), Yabby recorded a remarkable series of roots reggae classics, including "Jah Vengeance", "Run Come Rally", "Love Thy Neighbours", "Valley Of Jehosaphat", "Judgement On The Land", "Fire In Kingston", "Chant Down Babylon' and many others, mostly appearing on his own Vivian Jackson and Prophets labels in Jamaica.

One of the most crucial B&F compilations, if also one of the most obsessive - no less than five versions of 'Jah Vengeance', for instance, follow the original at the close of the first CD. This is one reason why it's so great though - few other collections give you the chance to see rhythms evolving into so many amazingly diverse and subtle new forms, especially in Tubby's hands. Dillinger's version of the Vengeance rhythm, 'Freshly', is probably the deepest bit of dub Tubby ever produced, absolute genius and well worth the admission price by itself.

Disk 1:
1. Yabby U - Love Thy Neighbour
2. Yabby U - Conquering Lion
3. Tommy McCook & Vin Gordon - Fisherman Special
4. Big Youth & Yabby U - Yabby Youth
5. King Tubby - Big Youth Fights Against Capitolism
6. Yabby U - Covetous Man
7. Yabby U - Run Come Rally
8. Lee Perry - Rally Dub
9. Yabby U - Anti Christ
10. Dicky Burton - God Is Watching You
11. Augustus Pablo & Yabby U - Pablo Dread In A Red
12. King Tubby - King Tubby's Rock (Dub)
13. Prophets - Warn The Nation
14. King Tubby - Honey Dub
15. Yabby U - Carnal Mind
16. Yabby U - Love Of Jah
17. King Tubby - Love Of Jah Version
18. Yabby U - The Man Who Does The Work
19. Yabby U - Jah Vengeance
20. Tommy McCook - Revenge
21. Dillinger - Freshly
22. Tappa Zukie - Natty Dread On The Mountain Top
23. Trinity - Gwan Anf Lef Me
24. King Tubby - Tubby's Vengeance
25. Tommy McCook - Death Trap

Disk 2:
1. Wayne Wade - Man Of The Living
2. King Tubby - King Tubby's Special
3. Wayne Wade - Lord Of Lords
4. King Tubby - Lord Dub
5. Errol Alphonso - Chant Jah Victory
6. King Tubby - Jah Victory Dub
7. Yabby U - Walls Of Jerusalem
8. King Tubby - Jerusalem Dub
9. Prophets & Trinity - King Pharoah's Plague (Vocal & Dj)
10. Tommy McCook - Plague Of Horn
11. King Tubby - King Pharoah Dub
12. Trinity & Dillinger - Jesus Dread
13. Prophets & Trinity - Chant Down Babylon (Vocal & Dj)
14. King Tubby - Chanting Dub
15. Tommy McCook - Hornsman Chant
16. Yabby U - Fire In A Kingston
17. King Tubby - Fire Dub
18. Yabby U - Judgement On The Land
19. King Tubby - Repatriation Rock
20. Yabby U - Deliver Me From My Enemies
21. Michael Rose - Born Free (Extended Mix)
22. King Tubby - Love Thy Neighbour Version

Producer: Yabby You, Trinity, Fat Man
Mixing Engineer: King Tubby, Phillip Smart, Prince Jammy, Lee Perry
Drums: Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Carlton Davis, Sly Dunbar, Ben Bow
Bass: Clinton Fearon, Robbie Shakespeare, Aston Barrett
Guitar: Earl Chinna Smith, Albert Griffiths, Bertram Ranchie McLean
Piano: Bernard Touter Harvey, Augustus Pablo
Organ: Aston Barrett, Pablo Black, Earl Wire Lindo, Bagga Walker
Trombone: Vin Gordon
Saxophone: Tommy McCook
Trumpet: Bobby Ellis
Fife: Richard Hall
Percussions: Uziah Sticky Thompson, Bunny Wailer
Melodica: Augustus Pablo
Recording Studio: Black Ark (Kingston, JA), Channel One (Kingston, JA), Dynamic Sounds (Kingston, JA)
Mixing Studio: King Tubby's (Kingston, JA)

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