Black Star Sound # 15

Black Star Sound # 15

Black Star Sound Live from 'Bitterzoet'
Black Star Sound -
Saturday June 8, 2008 [BS-0815]
Den-Den ‘Live in the studio’ -
Yabby You Special.

- Yabby You -
Was born Vivian Jackson in a Kingston ghetto. By the time he was 17, Jackson was so malnourished that he had to be hospitalized. He eventually left with severe arthritis and crippled legs. While he could not work, he had musical talent and taking his cues from divine inspiration that he feels comes from the sounds of nature around him, and the help of friends founded a harmony trio, the Prophets, in 1972. They made their single debut with “Conquering Lion,” a classically styled reggae song with a deeply personal message. They made a few more singles and eventually they all appeared on Jackson’s debut album, Conquering Lion. Throughout the decade, he recorded frequently on his Prophets labels. He was closely affiliated with King Tubby, whose dubs often appeared on the B-sides of Jackson’s singles. It was Tubby who gave Jackson his famous nickname Yabby You. Some of Yabby You’s better-known albums from this period include Deliver Me from My Enemies (1977) and Chant Down Babylon Kingdom.

When not recording his own material, Yabby You launched the careers of other new singers including Michael Prophet, Wayne Wade, and Tony Tuff. He also began producing the early recordings of such performers as Willie Williams, Ras I-buna and Half Pint. A Yabby You-produced recording usually features a distinctive bass line combined with organs, horns and soaring harmonies that he uses to create a meditative, spiritual atmosphere. He continued recording steadily through the mid-’80s, and then abruptly stopped after a 1985 North American tour with his backup band, the Gladiators.

Playlist Black Star Sound #15

[01] Yabby You – Conquering Lion
[02] Big Youth – Big Youth Capitalist
[03] Tommy McCook – Fisherman Special
[04] Wayne Wade – Lord of Lords
[05] Trinity – Income Tax
[06] Wayne Wade – Man of the Living
[07] Yabby You & the Prophets – Undivided World
[08] Horace Andy – Undivided World
[09] Yabby You & Trinity – King Pharaoh Plague
[10] Ranking Magnum – Magnum Force
[11] Trinity – Jesus Dread
[12] Yabby You – Deliver me from mine Enemies
[13] Yabby You – Judgement on the Land
[14] Yabby You – Walls of Jerusalem
[15] Tommy McCook – Live trap
[16] Yabby You – Jah Vengeance
[17] Errol Alphanso – Chant Jah Victory
[18] Patrick Andy – Living in My Zion
[19] Tony Tuff – No Warrior
[20] Yabby You – Judgement Time
[21] Yabby You – Fire inna Kingston
[22] Trinity – Kingston Pretty
[23] Yabby You – Warn the Nation (dub)
[24] Yabby You – Anti Christ
[25] Yabby You – We want our Liberty
[26] Patrick Andy – Every Tongue shall Tell
[27] Michael Rose – Born Free (Disco mix), taken from album ‘Jesus Dread’, Blood & Fire

Upcoming Black Star events:

↔ Monday 16 June 2008 - Melkweg (Amsterdam)
ALPHA BLONDY & pre show by LADY K-WIDA
   From 20:00 till 00:00 – Entrance 32,50 Euro
With BLACK STAR SOUND feat. DEN-DEN, MC T. & BROTHER MARCUS

↔ Friday 4 July 2008 - P60 (Amstelveen)
The HEPTONES & pre show by LADY K-WIDA
   From 20:00 – Entrance 17,50 Euro
With BLACK STAR SOUND feat. DEN-DEN, MC T. & BROTHER MARCUS

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