Album review
The Writing On The Wall
Desmond Dekker
Trojan Records

Tracking list

  1. Honour your mother & father
  2. Madgie
  3. Dracula
  4. Parents
  5. Labourer of learning
  6. Jeserine (and Cherry Pies)
  7. It was only a dream (& The Four Aces)
  8. This woman (& The Four Aces)
  9. Mount Zion (& The Four Aces)
  10. Young generation
  11. I've got the blues
  12. Mother Pepper
  13. Writing on the wall
  14. Tips of my finger
  15. Too much too soon
  16. My precious love
  17. Gimme gimme
  18. For once in my life
  19. I believe
  20. Peace of mind
  21. Cindy
  22. You got soul
  23. Coomyah
  24. That's the way life goes
  25. Polka dot
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4/5

Desmond Dekker, real name Desmond Dacres, born 16 July 1942, Kingston, Jamaica recorded in 1963 his initial single 'Honour Your Father And Mother' for producer Leslie Kong. This was the start of a tremendous succesful career in the 60s with a formidable run of twenty number 1 hits to his credit.
On this 25 track compilation set Trojan draws from the recording sessions with producer Leslie Kong. With his unmistakable falsetto vocal, on some tracks backed by The Four Aces, he makes a solid impression. The album contains a variety of styles : from American r & b, ska, ballads, rocksteady to early reggae.
'The Writing On The Wall' is a decent set, that treats all reggae fans to the generous talents of this reggae pioneer.

Teacher & Mr. T.