Walls of Jerusalem (New 2LP)Yabby You & King Tubby
Label: Pressure Sounds
The reputation of the ‘Walls Of Jerusalem’ album has been somewhat clouded by its complicated history. It was originally released on a very limited pressing on the Prophets label in a blank white sleeve, without any credited artists. Then it was retitled ‘Chant Down Babylon Kingdom’ for its UK issue on the Nationwide label, with the artist misleadingly named as ‘Yabba Youth’. In fact, the album is a unique collaboration between Vivian Jackson, better known as Yabby You, and Osbourne Ruddock, alias King Tubby, and showcases their talents on one side each of an album split into vocals and their dub versions. When Yabby reissued the album, he made his artistic intent clear by renaming it ‘King Tubby Meet Vivian Jackson (Yabby You)’, also crediting Tubby as arranger, and interestingly the sleeve carried one of the only reported interviews with Tubby.