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The Definitive Collection: You Can Get It If You Really Want

Desmond Dekker

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What Desmond Dekker fans really want is a comprehensive compilation of the legend's back catalog, but they've been disappointed time and time again. However, You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection finally delivers the goods with a two-CD, career-spanning overview. The set begins at the beginning, with Dekker's 1963 debut single, "Honour Your Mother and Father," then charts his progress across the ska years and into rocksteady. As usual, there's a bit of scrimping on the former era to make room for the rude boy icon who emerged in the latter. Reggae's arrival created a rough break with the past for many producers, but not Dekker's mentor, Leslie Kong, and the set flows seamlessly from rocksteady into reggae. By now Dekker had begun his climb to international stardom, with disc two opening with his 1970 hit "Pickney Gal." The singles just kept coming, with the title track another international smash. In 1971, Kong died of a heart attack; the second half of disc two is given over to the aftermath, as Dekker tried to regain his footing and his international standing. He never really did, but never faded away entirely either, with occasional new albums, a stream of compilations, and exultant live performances helping to maintain his reputation. While this is a definitive overview, it's not a complete collection of Dekker's work, not even of the Kong years. The omission of "Bongo Gal" is surprising, the lack of "Writing on the Wall" perhaps a matter of taste, but inevitably a few of your faves will be missing as well. So, not the perfect collection, but pretty close.
© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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1
Honour Your Mother and Father
00:02:24

Desmond Dekker, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - Beverley's All Stars, MainArtist

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1962 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Parents
00:02:30

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1963 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Labour for Learning
00:02:37

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1963 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Jeserine
00:02:39

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1964 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

5
King of Ska
00:02:43

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1964 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Get Up Adina
00:02:39

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

7
This Woman
00:02:32

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Mount Zion
00:02:43

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Soldering
00:02:32

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1965 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

10
It's a Shame
00:02:24

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Wise Man
00:02:15

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

12
007 (Shanty Town)
00:02:33

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Rudy Got Soul
00:02:48

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1966 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Rude Boy Train
00:02:17

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

15
Mother's Young Gal
00:02:57

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Young Generation
00:02:09

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

17
Unity
00:02:23

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

18
Keep a Cool Head
00:02:02

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

19
Mother Long Tongue
00:02:10

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

20
Sabotage
00:02:46

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

21
Pretty Africa
00:02:31

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

22
It Pays
00:03:01

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

23
Beautiful and Dangerous
00:02:49

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

24
Mother Pepper
00:02:21

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

25
Don't Blame Me
00:02:25

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

26
Intensified '68
00:02:45

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

27
Fu Man Chu
00:03:19

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

28
Israelites
00:02:35

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

29
It Mek (UK Mix)
00:02:20

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

30
Problems
00:02:43

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

31
Pickney Gal
00:02:55

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

32
Generosity
00:03:00

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

33
Perseverance
00:02:46

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

34
You Can Get It If You Really Want
00:02:37

Jimmy Cliff, Composer, Lyricist - JOHN KELLY, Producer - Desmond Dekker, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - Vic Keary, Producer

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

35
Coomyah
00:02:10

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

36
You Got Soul
00:02:21

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

37
Polka Dot
00:01:47

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

38
(Where Did It Go) The Song We Used to Sing
00:03:07

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

39
Get Up Little Suzie
00:03:12

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

40
My Reward
00:02:22

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1971 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

41
Archie Wah Wah
00:02:36

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

42
Hippopotamus
00:02:51

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

43
Licking Stick
00:02:14

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1971 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

44
Live and Learn (The More You Live)
00:03:18

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1971 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

45
Warlock
00:03:56

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

46
Life of Opportunity
00:02:42

Desmond Dekker, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

47
It Gotta Be So
00:02:47

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

48
First Time for a Long Time
00:02:29

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

49
Mother Nature
00:03:35

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

50
Beware
00:03:07

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

© 2005 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

What Desmond Dekker fans really want is a comprehensive compilation of the legend's back catalog, but they've been disappointed time and time again. However, You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection finally delivers the goods with a two-CD, career-spanning overview. The set begins at the beginning, with Dekker's 1963 debut single, "Honour Your Mother and Father," then charts his progress across the ska years and into rocksteady. As usual, there's a bit of scrimping on the former era to make room for the rude boy icon who emerged in the latter. Reggae's arrival created a rough break with the past for many producers, but not Dekker's mentor, Leslie Kong, and the set flows seamlessly from rocksteady into reggae. By now Dekker had begun his climb to international stardom, with disc two opening with his 1970 hit "Pickney Gal." The singles just kept coming, with the title track another international smash. In 1971, Kong died of a heart attack; the second half of disc two is given over to the aftermath, as Dekker tried to regain his footing and his international standing. He never really did, but never faded away entirely either, with occasional new albums, a stream of compilations, and exultant live performances helping to maintain his reputation. While this is a definitive overview, it's not a complete collection of Dekker's work, not even of the Kong years. The omission of "Bongo Gal" is surprising, the lack of "Writing on the Wall" perhaps a matter of taste, but inevitably a few of your faves will be missing as well. So, not the perfect collection, but pretty close.
© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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