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Desmond Dekker

The King Of Ska: The Beverley’s Records Singles Collection 1963-1967

    In 1963, a 21-year-old welder with dreams of becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, auditioned for one of Jamaica’s new elite record producers, Leslie Kong, owner of the recently launched Beverley’s Records label. After performing a number of original compositions, a deal was secured and within weeks, Desmond Adolphus Dacres saw his name in print as ‘Desmond Dekker’ on the labels of what would prove to be the first of his catalogue of 7” singles.

    The record, which coupled two of his own songs, ‘Honour Your Mother And Father’ and ‘Madgie’, became an instant best-seller and heralded the beginning of a long and immensely successful run of singles by Dekker, both as a solo artist and later, as lead singer for The Aces.

    To mark what would have been Desmond’s 80th birthday on 16th July 2021, this 2xCD set showcases Dekker’s first twenty singles for Kong’s Beverley’s labels which established him as a true Jamaican superstar.

    The 2xCD set is presented in a fold out digipack, along with a 12 page booklet with fascinating sleeve notes written by journalist Winston Smith.


    TRACK LISTING

    DISC 1:
    1. Honour Your Mother And Father – Desmond Dekker
    2. Madgie – Desmond Dekker – Desmond Dekker
    3. Happy Birthday Jamaica – Desmond Dekker
    4. Sinners, Prepare! – Desmond Dekker
    5. Parents – Desmond Dekker
    6. Labour Of Learning – Desmond Dekker
    7. Dracula – Desmond Dekker
    8. Spitfire – Don Drummond
    9. Jeserine – Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies
    10. Take Your Time – Theo Beckford
    11. King Of Ska – Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies
    12. Boof Ska –The Beverley’s All-Stars
    13. Get Up Adina – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
    14. Sleepwalk – The Beverley’s All-Stars
    15. It Was Only A Dream – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
    16. Just One Little Girl – The Four Aces
    17. This Woman – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
    18. Mount Zion – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
    19. Soldering – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
    20. Just In Time – The Beverley’s All-Stars

    DISC 2
    1. It’s A Shame – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    2. On The Move – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    3. 007 – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    4. El Torro – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    5. Wise Man – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    6. Middle East Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    7. Rude Boy Train – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    8. Nothing For Nothing Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    9. Mother’s Young Gal – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    10. Jungle Bit - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    11. You’ve Got Your Troubles – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    12. Don Special – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    13. Unity – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    14. Sweet Music – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    15. Keep A Cool Head – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    16. Charade - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    17. Mother Long Tongue – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    18. Halls Of Montezuma - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
    19. Sabotage – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    20. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces

    Desmond Dekker

    Essential Artist Collection - Desmond Dekker

      The original King of Reggae, Desmond Dekker introduced the sound of Jamaica to the world at large through a series of international hits, with his music gracing the UK pop charts on no less than 7 occasions between 1967 and 1975.

      This incredible run of hits included, ‘007’, ‘It Mek’, ‘Pickney Gal’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘Sing A Little Song’ and the first Jamaican-produced recording to top the British 7” singles listings, ‘Israelites’.

      All of these essential recordings feature on the ‘The ‘Essential Artist Collection’, which also includes the very best of his remaining work, with almost every track a major Jamaican best-seller.

      Available as both a double vinyl LP and a 50-track 2CD set, the collection is the latest in Trojan Records’ new stylishly designed series showcasing the most popular and influential recordings of some of Jamaican music’s most celebrated performers.

      And, as expertly demonstrated by this superb compilation, few reggae artists were more influential and celebrated than the legendary Desmond Dekker.


      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl Tracklisting:
      SIDE 1
      1. Israelites (with The Aces)
      2. It Mek (with The Aces)
      3. Fu Man Chu (with The Aces)
      4. (Where Did It Go) The Song We Used To
      5. Beautiful And Dangerous (with The Aces)
      6. King Of Ska (with The Cherry Pies)
      7. Intensified ’68 (with The Aces)
      SIDE 2
      1. You Can Get It If You Really Want
      2. Unity (with The Aces)
      3. Live And Learn
      4. Rudy Got Soul (with The Aces)
      5. Get Up Adina (with The Four Aces)
      6. Generosity
      7. Pretty Africa (with The Aces)
      SIDE 3
      1. 007 (with The Aces)
      2. The First For A Long Time
      3. Rude Boy Train (with The Aces)
      4. Honour Your Mother And Father
      5. It Pays (with The Aces)
      6. Problem (with The Aces)
      7. Wise Man (with The Aces)
      SIDE 4
      1. Sing A Little Song
      2. Mother Pepper (with The Aces)
      3. Mount Zion (with The Four Aces)
      4. Licking Stick (with The Aces)
      5. Young Generation (with The Aces)
      6. Pickney Gal (with The Aces)
      7. Jamaica Ska (with The Specials)

      CD Tracklisting:
      CD 1:
      1. Israelites (with The Aces)
      2. It Mek (with The Aces)
      3. Fu Man Chu (with The Aces)
      4. (Where Did It Go) The Song We Used To
      5. Beautiful And Dangerous (with The Aces)
      6. King Of Ska (with The Cherry Pies)
      7. Intensified ’68 (with The Aces)
      8. Sabotage (with The Aces)
      9. Sugar Dumpling (with The Aces)
      10. Don’t Blame Me (with The Aces)
      11. Perseverance
      12. It’s A Shame (with The Aces)
      13. Jeserine (with The Cherry Pies)
      14. Bongo Gal (with The Aces)
      15. Pick Up The Phone
      16. Mother’s Young Gal (with The Aces)
      17. This Woman (with The Four Aces)
      18. Shing A Ling (with The Aces)
      19. You Can Get It If You Really Want
      20. Unity (with The Aces)
      21. Live And Learn
      22. Rudy Got Soul (with The Aces)
      23. Get Up Adina (with The Four Aces)
      24. Generosity
      25. Pretty Africa (with The Aces)
      CD 2:
      1. 007 (with The Aces)
      2. The First For A Long Time
      3. Rude Boy Train (with The Aces)
      4. Honour Your Mother And Father
      5. It Pays (with The Aces)
      6. Problems (with The Aces)
      7. Wise Man (with The Aces)
      8. Mother Nature
      9. It Gotta Be So
      10. Beware
      11. Coconut Water (with The Aces)
      12. Soldering (with The Four Aces)
      13. Busted Lad
      14. Sweet Music (with The Aces)
      15. Labour For Learning
      16. No Place Like Home
      17. Writing On The Wall (with The Aces)
      18. Parents
      19. Sing A Little Song
      20. Mother Pepper (with The Aces)
      21. Mount Zion (with The Four Aces)
      22. Licking Stick (with The Aces)
      23. Young Generation (with The Aces)
      24. Pickney Gal (with The Aces)
      25. Jamaica Ska (with The Specials)

      Desmond Dekker

      King Of Ska

        12 monster tracks from Desmond Dekker - "The King of Ska" includes "Israelites" and "007 (Shanty Town)" amongst a veritable smorgasbord of other hits from this Jamaican mainstay.

        Super cheap price and nice, red vinyl pressing - you know what to do! 


        TRACK LISTING

        Israelites
        Jamaica Ska
        Wise Man
        Intensified
        Rudy Got Soul
        The More You Live
        Pickney Gal
        Pretty Africa
        Problems
        It Mek
        Don’t Blame Me
        007 (Shanty Town)

        Desmond Dekker

        Pretty Africa

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Recorded at Chalk Farm Studio in the summer of 1973, this long-lost album, showcasing the talents of reggae superstar Desmond Dekker and his backing group, the Aces, was recently discovered in the legendary Trojan archives. Comprising 7 superb sides performed by Desmond Dekker himself, and a further five highlighting the not inconsiderable vocal talents of the Aces, we are sure fans will agree that the 45 year delay in the release of this previously unissued collection has certainly been well worth the wait!


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