This is a really unusual album cover for a late 70s dub album, the airbrush/graffiti style wasn’t often seen on dub albums. The album design and art direction was probably a reflection that this version of the album was released on ‘Grove Music’ records, a UK based roots reggae label that was active between 1979 to 1982.
The cover depicts a dread smashing up the Statue of Liberty with one of the tablets of the 10 commandments, and the artwork has a real 70s New York hip-hop feel to it (apart from the actual subject being depicted that is).
Released in 1978, this is a great dub album from the legendary Yabby You & The Prophets and features some of the most proficient Jamaican musicians that you’ll find anywhere –
including Tommy McCook, Sly & Robbie, Ansel Collins, Albert Griffiths, and more.
The music is rich, dense, complex, and often eerie and unnerving – a consistent characteristic of Yabby You’s deeply spiritual music. Modern day dub-step artists, like Burial, would probably have been making albums like this if they were recording in the 70s. Steeped in thick atmosphere, this is a great dub album.
It was also re-released in 1981 on ‘Jah Live Records’ with a different cover and a re-jigged track listing. You can see the cover below:
- Give Praises
- Feel All Right
Listen to ‘Praise’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:
Listen to ‘Plague’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:
Yabby You has been subject to countless re-issues over the years, so finding the best tracks isn’t too difficult, even though the original albums may be rare or out of circulation.