Yabby You & The Prophets – Beware [1978]

Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware [1978] Jah Live Records

Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware [1978]

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:
Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware [1978] Jah Live Records

Track List:

  • Peace
  • Give Praises
  • Together
  • Plague
  • Freedom
  • Beware
  • Deliverance
  • Prophets
  • Feel All Right
  • Praises

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Listen to ‘Praise’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:

Listen to ‘Plague’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:

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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.

  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from Amazon.com
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from Amazon.co.uk
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from iTunes [UK]
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from iTunes [US]icon

Yabby You and Trinity – Yabby You Meets Trinity At Dub Station

Yabby You Meets Trinity

Bit of an assault on the eyes in bright yellow. Yabby You made some stunning and beautiful music….which usually came in ugly album covers like this one.

Yabby You looks pensive and moody, Trinity looks like he’s having the time of his life – two characters you wouldn’t have thought would get on in the confined space of a studio, but Yabby and Trinity made some great tracks together.

This was released on Yabby You’s own ‘Prophets’ Record Label in Jamaica in the 70s and it a great bland of heavy bass, solid DJing, and the trademark haunting, yet beautiful, music that Yabby You produced.

Playlist :

  • Trinity – Di Gun Gun Fever
  • Yabby You & Trinity – My Neighbour
  • Trinity – I Know Where I’m Going
  • Yabby You & Trinity – Natty Bongo
  • Yabby You & Trinity – Warm Dem
  • Yabby You & Trinity – I Just A Dread
  • Yabby You – Stand Up And Fight
  • Yabby You – Black Starliner

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Listen to ‘Gun Fever’ by Yabby You and Trinity:

Listen to ‘Blackstarliner’ by Yabby You and Trinity:

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Every should have some Yabby You in their collection: