Collection of music by one of the most mystical figures in roots reggae to be released in 2015
A new box set surveying the work of Yabby You, one of the most mystical figures in roots reggae, is set to be released next year. The producer and vocalist, whose real name was Vivian Jackson made his first recording "Conquering Lion" in the early 1970s. Informed by his idiosyncratic brand of Christian Rastafarianism, its rhythm, featuring Wailers bassist Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, made "Conquering Lion" one of the heaviest of all reggae tracks, while its deep chant of "Yabby Yabby You" gave Jackson with his producer name. He went on to work extensively with dub maestro King Tubby and deejays Big Youth, Dillinger and Trinity, and he continued producing into the 80s and 90s.
The box set, entitled Dread Prophecy: The Strange And Wonderful Story Of Yabby You, is set to be released by the US label Shanachie in February
2015. Of the 56 tracks spread across its three discs, 31 have reportedly never appeared on CD, and 12 are previously unreleased. These include tracks recorded and subsequently shelved in the late 70s. Alongside a disc of his best-known work, there's a second of production work featuring artists such as Michael Prophet, Patrick Andy and Trinity, and a third disc of rare recordings. Shanachie have enjoyed a long relationship with Yabby You and his family, releasing his Fleeing From The City album in 1991. Royalties will go to Jackson's estate. The booklet includes photographs donated by Jackson’s widow Jean, and the sleevenotes include a piece from reggae historian David Katz.