On February 16, 2015 Shanachie Entertainment will release the long-anticipated ‘Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You’ a three-disc box set in “long” digipak format. The set features the transformational roots reggae music of Vivian Jackson AKA Yabby You – reggae’s enigmatic “Conquering Lion.” The digipak also includes an extensive compilation of essays by people who knew him best along with many previously unreleased photographs. ‘Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You’ is not only an essential introduction to the music of one of reggae’s most revered ‘dread prophets,’ it also includes many rare vinyl singles, alternative mixes, and tracks that have never before been released.
‘Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You’ is filled with the artist’s “lightning, thunder, brimstone and fire” brand of roots reggae – a weighty, atmospheric sound created within the broken and battered walls of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio and translated through King Tubby’s 12-channel, custom-built MCI mixing desk. An avid reader of the Holy Bible, Jackson’s lyrics are not as prophetic as they are a dramatic and introspective revelation of prophecies contained within the scripture. However, these lyrics take on a more reverential tone when sung by Jackson, who often uses the same revelatory cadence characteristic of the great nyabinghi chanters like Ras Michael.