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Deeper Roots: Dub Plates and Rarities 1976-1978

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 609613841279
  • Catalog Number: 77
  • Sales rank: 66,807

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Valley of Joeasaphat - Smith (2:47)
  2. 2 Joeasaphat Rock - Smith (3:00)
  3. 3 Thanks and Praise - King Tubby (3:01)
  4. 4 Don't Touch I Dread - Barrington Spence (2:26)
  5. 5 Tutch Dub - The Prophets All Stars (2:30)
  6. 6 Fighting Dub - Tommy McCook (4:02)
  7. 7 Deliver Me (2:55)
  8. 8 Deliver Dub - King Tubby (2:59)
  9. 9 Milk River Rock - Don D Junior (3:21)
  10. 10 Dip Them Bedward - Prince Pampidoo (3:08)
  11. 11 Dub Them Bedward - The Prophets All Stars (2:57)
  12. 12 Dub Vengence - King Tubby (3:16)
  13. 13 Forward On the Track - King Miguel (3:00)
  14. 14 Caymanas Rock - King Miguel (3:02)
  15. 15 Love Sweet Love Drums - The Prophets All Stars (4:09)
  16. 16 Lazy Mood - The Prophets All Stars (3:04)
  17. 17 Open Your Hearts - King Tubby (3:31)
  18. 18 Poor and Needy Dubwise - The Prophets All Stars (3:18)
  19. 19 Cleo's Dub - Hot City All Stars (3:05)
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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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