Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

The Best Of Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
Music Club
CD
02-04-1999

Track list
  1. Israelites
  2. King Of Ska
  3. You've Got Your Troubles
  4. Pretty Africa
  5. 007 (Shanty Town)
  6. Writing On The Wall
  7. Reggae Recipe
  8. Keep A Cool Head
  9. It Mek
  10. I Believe
  11. Too Much Too Soon
  12. It's A Shame
  13. You Can Get It If You Really Want
  14. Rudy Got Soul
  15. Archie Wah Wah
  16. Problems
  17. Pickney Gal
  18. The More You Live
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4
Born Desmond Dacres, Kingston Jamaica, Desmond Dekker started his career in 1962 with cuts for Leslie Kong, the only producer for whom he recorded throughout his early career. He teamed up with The Aces with whom he won the prestigious Jamaican Song Festival in 1968. Their winning song Music Like Dirt is included on this album. Dekker's association with the Aces proved very successful as they kept on scoring a string of number 1 hits. International hit status came with the 1969 released scorcher Israelites, the track that kicks off this compilation set. Between the years of 1967 and 1975 he was Jamaica's principal musical ambassador abroad. In the second half of the seventies his career declined, but he re-emerged during the UK ska revival in the eighties. Although Desmond Dekker never regained his earlier prominence he stays a well respected figure, especially in the UK.
This collection not only includes Desmond Dekker's worldwide hits but also classic rocksteady tunes like Rude Boy Train, Keep A Cool Head and the sublime Rudy Got Soul with its mellow sax and almost frail, delicate vocal. Furthermore it features some great early reggae songs Wise Man, Mount Zion and Pretty Africa, the latter being one of the finest repatriation songs ever made. "The Best Of Desmond Dekker" is a solid compilation that captures the extraordinary talent of a key singer/songwriter in the history of reggae music.