June 26, 2007
Reggae, Ska, Bluebeat

Album Review

Orphan and ex-welder Desmond Dacres, better known to the world as Desmond Dekker, had a string of poppish ska singles in Jamaica beginning with "Honour Your Mother and Father" in 1963, but he really hit his stride when rocksteady started to break, issuing the classic "007 (Shanty Town)" in 1967 and following it up with the eccentric but undeniably catchy sufferer's tale "Israelites" a year later. "Israelites" was a huge hit in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 1968, and opened a door to international success that would allow fellow Jamaican artists like Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, and Bob Marley to gain overseas audiences. All three of these hits and several others are included in this 12-song set, which touches the essential high points in Dekker's career.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Israelites
  2. You Can Get It If You Really Want
  3. 007 (Shanty Town)
  4. It Mek
  5. Sing a Little Song
  6. Intensified '68 (Music Like Dirt)
  7. Licking Stick
  8. Honour Your Mother and Father
  9. Fu Manchu
  10. Unity
  11. Pickney Gal
  12. Jamaica Ska