Deeper Roots: Dub Plates and Rarities 1976-1978

Deeper Roots: Dub Plates and Rarities 1976-1978

by Yabby You
     
 

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Yabby You, born Vivian Jackson, was among the bigger names in the deejay subset of Kingston, Jamaica's golden mid- to late-'70s roots reggae scene. Yabby You sat among contemporaries like Big Youth, I-Roy, Dillinger, and others, known for his casual and wizenedSee more details below

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Yabby You, born Vivian Jackson, was among the bigger names in the deejay subset of Kingston, Jamaica's golden mid- to late-'70s roots reggae scene. Yabby You sat among contemporaries like Big Youth, I-Roy, Dillinger, and others, known for his casual and wizened toasts over bass-heavy instrumental rhythm tracks. He also hustled around many major studios in Kingston during the height of '70s Rasta culture and musical output, recording and guiding productions for many different acts of the time. Deeper Roots: Dub Plates and Rarities 1976-1978 collects alternate mixes, obscure singles, and never-before-released dub plates, one of a kind studio acetates made to test how a mix would translate to vinyl and often the only evidence left behind of certain lost tracks. The compilation starts with examples of Jackson's production work with obscure acts like Barrington Spence, Prince Pampidoo, and Smith & the Prophets. The majority of these artists pressed singles in incredibly limited editions, disappearing from sight before traveling too far out of Kingston. Perhaps because of the insular nature of these productions, there's a remarkable sense of tight-knit community and Rasta-centered topics through all of Deeper Roots. Barrington Spence's "Don't Touch I Dread" (and its blazing dub version, "Tutch Dub") is a serious gripe trying to separate true Rastas from the poseurs. "Forward on the Track" by King Miguel tells a tale of the residents of the Kingston ghettos -- living, playing, and surviving day to day -- over a deep and dubby backbeat. Jackson worked closely with dubmaster King Tubby in this time as well, and their mutual influence on each other resulted in some of the best work either of them did. "Deliver Dub" finds the pair collaborating on a Yabby You-sung track in a dub mix that incorporates the most recognizable signature touches of Tubby's best-known versions: scattershot drums, truncated washes of delayed horns, and rapidly shifting equalization clicks. The tracks here are alive with experimentation and the warm glow of some of the era's best reggae artists finding their voices. The scratchy quality of some of the dub plate recordings and the generally unpolished state of Jackson's production work might be a little too raw for the casual Bob Marley fan, but for dyed-in-the-wool dub enthusiasts, this type of stuff is the holy grail of dub. Unreleased tracks from the height of King Tubby's reign, blown-out and daring production choices, and Yabby You's own husky toasts make Deeper Roots just what it says it is: a deeper look into the corners of some of roots and dub reggae's brightest years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
Label:
Pressure Sounds
UPC:
0609613841279
catalogNumber:
77
Rank:
60137

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Tracks

  1. Valley of Joeasaphat  -  Smith
  2. Joeasaphat Rock  -  Smith
  3. Thanks and Praise  - King Tubby
  4. Don't Touch I Dread  - Barrington Spence
  5. Tutch Dub  -  Prophets All Stars
  6. Fighting Dub  - Tommy McCook
  7. Deliver Me  - Yabby You
  8. Deliver Dub  - King Tubby
  9. Milk River Rock  - Don D Junior
  10. Dip Them Bedward  - Prince Pampidoo
  11. Dub Them Bedward  -  Prophets All Stars
  12. Dub Vengence  - King Tubby
  13. Forward On the Track  - King Miguel
  14. Caymanas Rock  - King Miguel
  15. Love Sweet Love Drums  -  Prophets All Stars
  16. Lazy Mood  -  Prophets All Stars
  17. Open Your Hearts  - King Tubby
  18. Poor and Needy Dubwise  -  Prophets All Stars
  19. Cleo's Dub  -  Hot City All Stars

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yabby You   Primary Artist,Conga
Ansel Collins   Organ
Anthony Benbow Creary   Drums
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Alrick Forbes   Guitar
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Albert Griffiths   Guitar
Earl Lindo   Organ
Tommy McCook   Flute,Saxophone
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Guitar
Pablo Black   Organ,Piano
Aston "Family Man" Barrett   Organ,Bass

Technical Credits

Jeremy Collingwood   Liner Notes
Vivian Jackson   Producer,Photo Courtesy
Rinus Hooning   Mastering

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