- Audio CD (May 26 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B0000032DB
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Honour Your Mother And Your Father|
|2. This Woman|
|3. 007 (Shanty Town)|
|4. Keep A Cool Head|
|6. Wise Man|
|7. Mother Long Tongue|
|8. Fu Manchu|
|10. It Is Not Easy|
|11. Intensified Festival 68|
|12. A It Mek|
|13. My Precious World (The Man)|
|14. Rude Boy Train|
|15. Mother Pepper|
|16. Pickney Gal|
|17. You Can Get It If You Really Want|
|18. Licking Stick|
|19. Reggae Recipe|
Still a great buy, though.
Not as dark as Marley, nor as rocking as Toots, Dekker's contribution to island music may have been the development of a really funky driving groove.
I am not always a fan of Rhino's over cleaning of old analogue masters, but in this case, it was very necessary.
According to the Rhino-typical detailed liner notes, much of the work on this CD comes from a tiny 4-track "studio" in the back of an ice cream shop.
Here's a note for music fans: Desmond Dekker is THE Desomond in the Beatle's song "Ob La Di Ob La Da." Apparently Paul was a huge fan of Desmonds.
Anyway...this CD is a load of fun. Is it reggae? Not really. Did Dekker influence Toots and later reggae artists? Almost certainly.
This is one of my most played CDs. Great for a long drive.
Oh! Here's a fun note: If you enjoy this restrained cut of "The Isrealites," you will really like the hot dance version Dekker cut for Stiff Records, available on the Rhino (again!) Stiff Box.