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007: The Best Of Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker

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Desmond Dekker was the first Jamaican reggae artist to break through in the United States, when his powerful and anthemic tune "Israelites" rose to number nine on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1969. While "Israelites" was the first time most Americans had ever heard of Desmond Dekker, he was already a major star at home, cutting well-mannered ska singles (such as "Honour Your Mother and Father") since 1963 before moving on to more full-bodied rocksteady and reggae sounds with pointed and thoughtful lyrics as the decade wore on, scoring hits like "007 (Shanty Town)" (featured prominently on the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come), "Rude Boy Train," "It Gotta Be So," and "The Song We Used to Sing (Where Did It Go)." 007: The Best of Desmond Dekker is a two-disc collection that features 25 classic hits from Dekker's catalog, as well as another 25 rare and unreleased sides including alternate takes of some of the artist's fan favorites of the '60s and '70s.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
(Poor Mi) Israelites
00:02:35

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

2
007 (Shanty Town)
00:02:34

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, Composer, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Beware
00:02:37

Tony Cousins, Producer - Bruce White, Producer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

4
It Mek (UK Mix)
00:02:20

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Sing a Little Song
00:03:04

Warrick Lyn, Producer - Tony Cousins, Producer - Bruce White, Producer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Pickney Gal
00:02:51

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer, Writer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - Warwick Lyn, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Intensified '68 (Music Like Dirt)
00:02:45

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Honour Your Mother and Father
00:02:28

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1963 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Licking Stick
00:02:12

Desmond Dekker, Performance, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, Performance, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1971 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

10
It Pays
00:02:57

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

11
The More You Live
00:03:18

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1971 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Mother's Young Gal
00:02:58

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Mother Nature
00:03:34

Tony Cousins, Producer - Bruce White, Producer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Sabotage
00:02:43

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

15
(Where Did It Go) The Song We Used to Sing
00:03:02

Warrick Lyn, Producer - Desmond Dekker, Performance, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Wiseman
00:02:16

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

17
Jeserine
00:02:41

Desmond Dekker, Vocals, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Cherry Pies, Backing Vocals, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1964 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

18
It Gotta Be So
00:02:47

Ron Roker, Composer - Barry Green, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Performance, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

19
Rude Boy Train
00:02:18

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

20
Get Up Adina
00:02:40

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

21
Beautiful and Dangerous
00:02:49

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

22
Busted Lad
00:03:19

Tony Cousins, Producer - Bruce White, Producer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

23
Bongo Gal
00:02:29

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

24
Mother Pepper
00:02:22

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

25
Everybody Join Hands
00:04:01

Giorgio Moroder, Composer - Tony Cousins, Producer - Bruce White, Producer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Peter Belotte, Composer - Leo Fonda, Composer - Michael Künzel, Composer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

DISC 2

1
A It Mek
00:02:22

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Unity (Alternate Version)
00:02:28

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

3
King of Ska
00:02:43

Desmond Dekker, Vocals, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Cherry Pies, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1964 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Rudy Got Soul (Alternate Take)
00:02:59

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Sentimental Reasons
00:02:47

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Problems
00:02:43

Desmond Dekker, Performance, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, Performance, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Personal Possession (Alternate Take)
00:03:02

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

8
First Time for a Long Time
00:02:29

Desmond Dekker, Producer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Young Generation
00:02:19

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Composer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Generosity
00:03:01

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - A Philligree Production, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Keep a Cool Head
00:02:06

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Get Up Little Suzie
00:03:13

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, CoProducer - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, CoProducer - Warwick Lyn, CoProducer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Pretty Africa
00:02:40

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Dancing Time
00:02:34

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

15
Mount Zion
00:02:43

The Four Aces, Composer, Instruments, MainArtist - Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Hanging Tree (Alternate Take)
00:02:54

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

17
Perseverance
00:02:46

Warrick Lyn, Producer - Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

18
Sweet Music (Alternate Take)
00:02:34

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

19
Fu Manchu (Alternate Take)
00:03:07

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - The Aces, MainArtist - Graeme Goodall, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

20
Mother Long Tongue (Alternate Take)
00:02:18

Desmond Dekker, Composer, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

21
Call On Me, Baby (Alternate Take)
00:02:35

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - The Aces, MainArtist - Graeme Goodall, Producer

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

22
Sugar And Spice
00:02:32

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

23
This Woman
00:02:32

Desmond Dekker, Vocals, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

24
Shing a Ling
00:02:26

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Producer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

25
Israelites (1970 Live Version)
00:04:51

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Desmond Dacres, Composer - Leslie Kong, Composer - The Aces, MainArtist

© 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

Desmond Dekker was the first Jamaican reggae artist to break through in the United States, when his powerful and anthemic tune "Israelites" rose to number nine on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1969. While "Israelites" was the first time most Americans had ever heard of Desmond Dekker, he was already a major star at home, cutting well-mannered ska singles (such as "Honour Your Mother and Father") since 1963 before moving on to more full-bodied rocksteady and reggae sounds with pointed and thoughtful lyrics as the decade wore on, scoring hits like "007 (Shanty Town)" (featured prominently on the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come), "Rude Boy Train," "It Gotta Be So," and "The Song We Used to Sing (Where Did It Go)." 007: The Best of Desmond Dekker is a two-disc collection that features 25 classic hits from Dekker's catalog, as well as another 25 rare and unreleased sides including alternate takes of some of the artist's fan favorites of the '60s and '70s.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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