Yabby You

Jesus Dread (1972-1977)

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The title of this two-disc set comes from the fact that Yabby You (born Vivian Jackson; his nickname comes from the chorus to his song "Conquering Lion") is 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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:35
2 3:25
3 3:16
4 3:13
5 3:07
6 2:56
7 3:16
8 3:18
9 2:39
10
feat: Dicky Burton
2:56
11 3:06
12 3:21
13
feat: Prophets
2:25
14 3:00
15 3:04
16 3:03
17 2:58
18 2:42
19 2:48
20
feat: Tommy McCook
2:53
21
feat: Dillinger
3:14
22
feat: Tapper Zukie
2:58
23
feat: Trinity
2:47
24 2:57
25
feat: Tommy McCook
3:07
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