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Deliver Me from My Enemies

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Yabby You's overwhelming debut album, Conquering Lion, was a masterpiece of dread roots that set the standard for the genre, and one that certainly could never be equalled -- or so it was thought until You's second full-length offering, Walls of Jerusalem aka King Tubby Meets Vivian Jackson. His third, 1977's Deliver Me from My Enemies, would, in any other hands, be considered a classic. Not quite up to the extreme scintillating heights of its predecessors, however, this album is considered less crucial. That is a shame, because it's really a stellar set. Once again consisting of bundled-up recent singles, the album includes a spectacular title track. With lyrics inspired...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Yabby You's overwhelming debut album, Conquering Lion, was a masterpiece of dread roots that set the standard for the genre, and one that certainly could never be equalled -- or so it was thought until You's second full-length offering, Walls of Jerusalem aka King Tubby Meets Vivian Jackson. His third, 1977's Deliver Me from My Enemies, would, in any other hands, be considered a classic. Not quite up to the extreme scintillating heights of its predecessors, however, this album is considered less crucial. That is a shame, because it's really a stellar set. Once again consisting of bundled-up recent singles, the album includes a spectacular title track. With lyrics inspired by the 143rd Psalm, it boasts one of You's most forceful performances set to a suitably simmering rhythm. The rhythm of "Judgment Time" is devastating; in it, the singer warns of the approaching apocalypse and prays fervently for sinners' souls. "Blood Ago Run Down King Street" is also apocalyptic, and here You delivers a powerful sermon on the subject. The equally stunning "Zion Gate" aka "Judgment on the Land", is a heart-felt repatriation song, boasting a militant roots rockers rhythm cut, although with a pastoral aura. "Pick the Beam Out of My Eye" is virtually a hymn, a sweet lesson in righteous living. The Bleechers' "Pound Gets a Blow" deals with more worldly concerns, but You adds new lyrics to give his version a decided religious spin. "One Love" is not the Wailers classic, but has a similar unity message, which You twins with Biblical references. Entirely outside of the cultural realm is the twangy "Lonely Me," boasting another splendid You performance, and the gorgeous doo wop-ish "I Love You," both stellar numbers featuring intriguing musical arrangements. There's not a subpar track within the album, so why doesn't this set get more respect? The reason is You had set his own bar so high that he was destined to eventually not quite clear it. But that doesn't make this album any less enjoyable for all but the fussiest of fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Blood & Fire Records
  • UPC: 783564005116
  • Catalog Number: 640051

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yabby You Primary Artist, Vocals
Ansel Collins Organ
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Clinton Fearon Guitar
Alrick Forbes Rhythm Guitar
Vin Gordon Trombone
Albert Griffiths Rhythm Guitar
Bernard Touter Harvey Piano
Tommy McCook Flute, Saxophone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Technical Credits
Yabby You Producer
Michael Prophet Author
Alrick Forbes Arranger
Albert Griffiths Arranger
Tommy McCook Arranger
Steve Barrow Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Moritz von Oswald Mastering
Ski Williams Cover Illustration
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