Album review
Voice Of Ska ~ 16 Original Classics
Desmond Dekker

Tracking list

  1. 007 (Shanty Town)
  2. Wise Man
  3. Pickney Gal
  4. It Mek
  5. Unity
  6. Music Like Dirt
  7. Mother Long Tongue
  8. Warlock
  9. Licking Stick
  10. Sweet Music
  11. Personal Possession
  12. Hippopotamus
  13. Beautiful And Dangerous
  14. Get Up Edina
  15. Sabotage
  16. Rude Boy Train
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

After teaming up with Chinese businessman and producer the late Leslie Kong Desmond Dekker - real name Desmond Acres - built his reputation as a singer in his native Jamaica during the sixties. As ska and bluebeat gave way to the less frenetic rocksteady sound Dekker scored his first international smash hit in 1967 with the rude boy song 007 (Shanty Town), which had become an anthem in Jamaica. Desmond Dekker and his vocal backing group The Aces hit the international charts several more times during the late sixties and early seventies with Israelites, It Mek - a song written about Dekker's unruly young sister - and Pickney Gal, all featuring his inimitable catchy vocal style.
Don't let you delude by the title of this fine collection as it, first of all, seemingly doesn't acknowledge the key role that Desmond Dekker played in the history of reggae music. Besides that the majority of the tunes included are delivered in a rocksteady and early reggae mood. However, that's only a detail as the songs on this album - ranging from the political through the light-hearted - unmistakably showcase Desmond Dekker's fine songwriting abilities and unique vocal skill and talents.

Teacher & Mr. T.