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Yabby You: Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You [Digipak]

Track List

>Deliver Me from My Enemies
>Conquering Lion
>Yabby You
>Carnal Mind
>Run Come Rally
>Jah Vengeance [12" Mix] - (remix)
>Tubby's Vengeance
>One Love One Heart
>Pound Get a Blow
>Fire in Kingston
>Fire Dub
>Chant Down Babylon Kingdom [12" Mix] - (remix, featuring Trinity)
>Beware Dub
>Give Thanks & Praise [12" Mix] - (remix, featuring Trinity)
>Man of the Living [12" Mix] - (remix)
>Free Africa [12" Mix] - (remix, featuring Trinity)
>Live Trap (Death Trap) [12" Mix] - (remix)
>Love Thy Neighbor
>Love & Unity/Mash Down Rome [12" Mix] - (remix)
>Babylon a Fall [12" Mix] - (remix)
>This Economical Crisis
>Praise Jahoviah
>Fire Deh a Mus Mus Tail
>Fleeing from the City
>Love in Zimba (Zambia)
>Gwaan and Lef Me [12" Mix] - (remix, featuring Trinity)
>Rock Man Soul
>Love of a Woman Dub - (previously unreleased)
>Get Lost Babylon [12" Mix] - (remix)
>How Long
>Stop Your Gang War
>Blessed Are the Poor
>Jah Mercies - (featuring King Tubby)
>Dreadlocks Man [7" Single Mix] - (remix)
>Daughter of Zion
>What a Sufferation - (previously unreleased)
>I Must Achieve What Is Mine
>Words of the Prophets
>Freedom of Life
>We Want Our Liberty
>Beyond the Hills
>Mercy & Truth - (previously unreleased, featuring The Gladiators)
>Black Star Liner [12" Mix] - (remix)
>King of Kings - (previously unreleased)
>Education for Free - (previously unreleased)
>Reggae Mek Ya Feel Alright - (previously unreleased)
>Natty Roots Man - (previously unreleased)
>[Untitled] - (previously unreleased)
>Oh City of Zion/Zion Dub [Dub Plate]
>Hail the Children
>Warn the Nation Dub [Dub Plate]
>Jah Vengeance Dub [Dub Plate]
>Black Is Our Colour Dub [Dub Plate]
>Run Come Raw Dub [Dub Plate]

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: David Katz ; Alex Peacemaker.

Photographers: Kate Simon ; David Corio; David Katz .

Relatively unknown outside of the reggae music faithful, Yabby You, born Vivian Jackson, was a Jamaican vocalist and producer who worked in the mid- to late-'70s. With his long dreadlocks, his Rasta appearance meant he was an outcast with the Island's status quo set, but being an ardent Christian meant he was shunned by the Rastas. None of this helped his music career a bit, and after a few roots reggae hits he disappeared from the scene. Years later, his music was picked up and heralded by roots reggae addicts across the globe, and with this three-disc set, his legacy expands as Dread Prophecy comes with a highly desirable disc of true rarities. Disc one features the "classics" as signature roots numbers like "Conquering Lion" and Big Youth's DJ version "Yabby You" display how the man's music could be spiritual, hazy, and stately, and often all at once. A handful of lesser-known 12" mixes adds to the already essential first disc by stretching these grooves to proper, longer running times, then disc two presents "The Many Moods of Yabby You" as work with Trinity, King Tubby, and Jah Stitch brings Yabby the producer into focus, touching upon the genres of DJ, dub, and early dancehall. It's all the crucial stuff fan club members have collected before, but disc three is the unheard holy grail as undiscovered tapes left to Yabby's widow make their first public appearance. Exclusive dubplates recorded for Jamaica's touring sound systems are collected along with lost tapes for Yabby's album Unification, and if that weren't enough, the physical edition of the set comes with a 28-page booklet filled with rare photographs and enlightening essays. After the archival reggae label Blood and Fire went out of business it seemed Yabby's music would go from obscure to gone forever, but Dread Prophecy is a sea-change release, adding a wealth of new and wonderful material to the legacy. ~ David Jeffries


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