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Desmond Dekker

Double Dekker Double Orange Vinyl

Double Heavyweight LP £22.00

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Discs: 2

Desmond Dekker recorded some of his best known songs together with his backing group the Aces. Their single “007 (Shanty Town)” made him Jamaican music’s first outernational superstar, reaching the 14th place in the UK charts. The Leslie Kong produced Double Dekker was first issued in 1973 and consists of the best material Desmond recorded during his early years. In 1969 he scored a number one hit with the legendary song “Israelites”. You’ll hear how the Ska music from the mid-60s developed to the Rocksteady sound. This was “Ska” or “Blue Beat”—(or its new name for the slower tempo “Rock Steady”), and the lyrics come from the Calypso-Mento method of telling about current events in music. He was really at his prime from 1969 to 1971, and recorded classics such as “It Mek” (1969) and “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (1970), which you’ll both find on this record. Even before Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff Jamaica already had their own international superstar, Desmond Dekker was his name.


1. 007 Shanty Town
2. Israelites
3. It Mek
4. You Can Get It
5. Pickney Gal
6. Peace On The Land
7. I Believe


1. Look What They're Doing To Me
2. Please Don't Bend
3. My Reward
4. Little Darling
5. Life Of Opportunity
6. When I'm Cold
7. Archie Wah Wah


1. Hippopotamus
2. Warlock
3. Licking Stick
4. What Will You Gain
5. Trample
6. The More You Live
7. Go And Tell My People


1. Reggae Recipe
2. Yakety Yak
3. Where Did It Go
4. First Time For A Long Time
5. Stop The Wedding
6. Mother Nature
7. Life Hope And Faith