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Action!

Desmond Dekker & The Aces

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Following hot on the heels of their Jamaican debut album, 1967's 007 (Shanty Town), Desmond Dekker & the Aces were ready for Action! the following year. Like its predecessor, Action! bundled up another slew of the quintet's recent hits, as did its successor, 1969's The Israelites. All were released only in Jamaica, and the fact that "007" reappeared on the Action! set tells you just how seriously producers took the album market on the island. Even so, with its mix of rocksteady and early reggae hits, Action! has remained a popular album, and has been reissued internationally on several occasions. Now it's been paired with the equally well recycled Intensified set. In any event, taken together, it's a solid selection of songs, heavy on the hits, but that's to be expected, as virtually everything Dekker & the Aces released pre-Leslie Kong's death in 1971 was, and by and large the group's albums merely rounded them all up on long-players. There are a few odd omissions -- no "Pickney Gal," for example, or "You Can Get It If You Really Want" -- and even stranger, "Israelites" appears under the peculiar title "Poor Me Israelites." However, all self-respecting fans already have "Pickney" and "Get It" in their collections. So what's of more interest here are the less recycled numbers, like the ethereal "Fu Man Chu," the demanding "Gimme Gimme," and the indeed memorable "Unforgettable," better known as "Bongo Gal." Unlike that latter, "Gimme" and "Fu" never saw British release, and seem not to have even received proper Jamaican ones, which makes their appearance here a boon for collectors. And "My Lonely World," which features an American R&B-styled spoken word break, and the emotive "Personal Possession" rarely turn up on the reissue shelves. That said, so often has the bulk of this set appeared that many fans will have to think hard before parting with their money, but for new aficionados, this is an excellent place to start.
© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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1
Mother Pepper
00:02:22

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

2
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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1968 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

3
You've Got Your Troubles
00:03:16

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Personal Possession
00:02:58

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Unity
00:02:12

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
007 (Shanty Town)
00:02:32

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

7
It Pays
00:02:57

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Young Generation
00:02:19

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Mother Long Tongue
00:02:10

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Sabotage
00:02:43

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

11
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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Keep a Cool Head
00:02:06

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

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1967 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

Following hot on the heels of their Jamaican debut album, 1967's 007 (Shanty Town), Desmond Dekker & the Aces were ready for Action! the following year. Like its predecessor, Action! bundled up another slew of the quintet's recent hits, as did its successor, 1969's The Israelites. All were released only in Jamaica, and the fact that "007" reappeared on the Action! set tells you just how seriously producers took the album market on the island. Even so, with its mix of rocksteady and early reggae hits, Action! has remained a popular album, and has been reissued internationally on several occasions. Now it's been paired with the equally well recycled Intensified set. In any event, taken together, it's a solid selection of songs, heavy on the hits, but that's to be expected, as virtually everything Dekker & the Aces released pre-Leslie Kong's death in 1971 was, and by and large the group's albums merely rounded them all up on long-players. There are a few odd omissions -- no "Pickney Gal," for example, or "You Can Get It If You Really Want" -- and even stranger, "Israelites" appears under the peculiar title "Poor Me Israelites." However, all self-respecting fans already have "Pickney" and "Get It" in their collections. So what's of more interest here are the less recycled numbers, like the ethereal "Fu Man Chu," the demanding "Gimme Gimme," and the indeed memorable "Unforgettable," better known as "Bongo Gal." Unlike that latter, "Gimme" and "Fu" never saw British release, and seem not to have even received proper Jamaican ones, which makes their appearance here a boon for collectors. And "My Lonely World," which features an American R&B-styled spoken word break, and the emotive "Personal Possession" rarely turn up on the reissue shelves. That said, so often has the bulk of this set appeared that many fans will have to think hard before parting with their money, but for new aficionados, this is an excellent place to start.
© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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