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Dread Prophecy

Yabby You

Cutty Ranks in Vineyard Town Kingston 20 June 2005

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As Bob Marley took reggae to the world in the Seventies, singer-producer Vivian Jackson, a.k.a. Yabby You, was filling the wake in Jamaica with righteous and sensual singles — the sublime debut, “Conquering Lion,” the poised confrontations “Jah Vengeance” and “Run Come Rally” — that fused dread sermons and R&B-vocal class. On this three-CD set, Jackson (who died in 2010) emerges from Marley’s shadow as earthy and astute in the studio, on his own and drawing heavy roots from singers like Willi Williams and the toaster Big Youth.


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