Long lost Willi Williams, Yabby You LP set for September 30 release by Shanachie

On September 30th, 2014, Shanachie Entertainment will release Unification: From Channel One To King Tubbys With Willi Williams And Yabby You, the long-lost roots reggae treasure so long anticipated. With a sound often reminiscent of Black Uhuru’s breakthrough “Showcase” album that was recorded around the same time, UNIFICATION stands with Willi Williams other classic albums MESSENGER MAN and ARMAGEDDON TIME as pre-eminent statements of roots reggae.

Willi Williams is a Jamaican reggae and dub musician and producer. He is known as the “Armagideon Man” after his hit, “Armagideon Time”, first recorded in 1978 at Studio One in Kingston.

UNIFICATION is a collaboration between two like-minded artists who shared a similar spiritual as well as musical outlook. Neither Yabby You nor Willi Williams have ever been motivated by money or fame in their music-making. Indeed, their pre-eminent goal has been to deliver a spiritual message.  Willi met Yabby in 1978, a time when Yabby had grown to be one of the most powerful producers and recording artists on the Jamaican scene, noted for his intensely devotional recordings and for his collaborations with fabled dub-master King Tubby.

“Sometimes you are inspired, “ Willi says, “and you don’t even know yourself the nature of the inspiration. I was inspired to write these songs and even today people attribute the songs to things happening today. We were portraying what we were seeing as the future, looking ahead to the turn of the century. A lot of that has unfolded even in recent times. Like ‘Armageddon Time’ gets played whenever there is a human disaster…it is looked at as ‘the end of times song’.”

Recorded at both fabled Channel One studio and King Tubby’s studio, the album utilized a diverse group of top-shelf Jamaican musicians, including Sly & Robbie and the Revolutionaries,  Soul Syndicate, The Gladiators, Jackie Mitoo, Bobby Ellis, Cedric “IM” Brooks and Bobby Kalphat.

“Of course everyone knows Willi Williams fromArmageddon Time,'”  says Shanachie’s Randall Grass, “but he’s produced so much good music that has been under the radar, known only to the deepest roots aficionados, often released only on his own label with limited distribution. This album he produced with Yabby You is truly a “lost classic” that I think ranks with his best work. We hope that releasing it on Shanachie will give him the wider attention he deserves.”

This news comes as Shanachie is busy compiling a definitive Yabby You CD box-set. According to Shanachie label chief Randall Grass, who was interviewed recently by MIDNIGHT RAVER about the project, the set will contain 3 compact discs: Classics, The Many Moods of Yabby You, and Rarities. The set will contain rare and previously unreleased material from the likes of Michael Prophet, Wayne Wade, Half Pint, Patrick Andy, Trinity.

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More Jah Raver vinyl selections!

More vinyl selections from my personal record collection. Digitally transferred to the MIDNIGHT RAVER SOUNDS SoundCloud in high-quality audio. Crucial selections from Barrington Levy, Viceroys, Mikey Dread, Yabby You, Prince Lincoln, Johnnie Clarke, Scientist and more.

Includes a rare deejay version to Burning Spear’s “Marcus Garvey” by Little Joe with a Prince Far-I cut on the flip. Produced by Enos McLeod.

Check the two Augustus Pablo-produced tracks: Dillinger’s “Brace-A-Boy” on the Rockers label and a rare cut titled “Go Johnny Go” featuring Dennis Alcapone on the Jaguar imprint.

As always I have included a great Wackies 12″. This time we have Melvin and Lloyd with “Rasta Deh Pon Top” on the City Line label.

Be sure to check the amazing Heptones 12″ “You Can’t Hide From Jah” on the E&J label.

Also included is a ruff Horace Andy track titled “Rock-A-Bye” on the Rockers imprint and a rare Mikey Dread cut titled “Dread At The Control” produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry for his Black Art imprint.

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Raver digs deep

Today we dig deep to bring you some really fine reggae gems…

A stellar reggae tune from a mediocre reggae album (Natural Wild).  The players on this one are sick, sick, sick…Prince, Ranchie, Mikey Boo, Ansel Collins, Joe Jackson.  Even our friend Chris Lane is credited!

Album features significant contributions from Joe Jackson (who dropped this stupefying bombtrack in 1982).  Natural Wild was originally issued with a limited bonus disc God Sent Dub.

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Rod Taylor backed by Fully, Santa, Chinna…one of the great riddims from Soul Syndicate.

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I told you I was digging deep!  Rare Sly & Robbie Black Uhuru dubs coming your way live and direct from the Raiders of the Lost Dub LP!

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“Fire and Brimstone” (version to “Journey”) and “The Monkey Is A Spy” (version to “Sensimilia”)

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DEB Music 7″ single “Rent Man” vocal and dub.

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Michael Rose and Tamlins do “Aquarius” on a Taxi 7″ single.

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TRIPLE shot from the Mikey Dread camp!  Rod Taylor w/ Soul Syndicate “Behold Him.”  Dread At The Controls 7″ single.

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Hopeton “Boom Shaka Laka” Lindo (check it Festival style…) with “Black History”

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Earl 16 on a DATC 10″

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Dennis Brown is terrble (not terrible) just terrble like Charles Barkley on the vocal and dub.  DEB Music, Castro Brown, Battersea Rise, London, what!?

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What’s that?  You don’t know this one?

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King Jammy.  “Slaughterhouse Five.”  Riddim too tuff…

 

More from the vault…

A few righteous vinyl cuts that made an appearance on the turntable today…

Vivian Jackson & the Defenders “Love Thy Neighbor” (Defender)

Melodians (by T. Brevett & V. Jackson) “Stop Your Gang War” (Tops)

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Horace Andy “Rock To Sleep” (Rockers)

Al Campbell “Fence Too Tall” (Live & Learn)

Michael Prophet “It’s Time” (Live &Learn)

Barry Heptone & Stranger Cole “More Kissing”/”Let Me Love You” (Summer Records)

7 Minutes in Zion: Yabby You & The Prophets Deeper Roots II

For the second installment of our 7 MINUTES IN ZION series, I have chosen the new Pressure Sounds release Yabby You & The Prophets Deeper Roots IIOur very first album featured in the 7 MINUTES IN ZION series was Gladstone Anderson’s timeless Peace Pipe Dub.

Pressure Sounds has done a phenomenal job compiling rare Yabby You tracks, dubs, and dubplates in their Deeper Roots Parts I and II.  I don’t think it is possible to be a roots reggae fan and not like Yabby’s sound.  Just imagine the dark day when there are no more Yabby You tracks to release…

Go to Pressure Sounds and grab your copy now!

7 MINUTES IN ZION: YABBY YOU & the PROPHETS DEEPER ROOTS II by Jah Raver on Mixcloud

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