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Desmond Dekker - Essential Artis Collection 2LP (Transparent Violet Vinyl)


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 seven 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 Essential Artist Collection, which also includes the very best of his remaining work, with almost every track a major Jamaican best-seller.

Available as a double vinyl LP, 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.

Side A:

  1. Israelites
  2. It Mek
  3. Fu Man Chu
  4. The Song We Used to Sing
  5. Beautiful and Dangerous
  6. King of Ska
  7. Intensified '68

Side B:

  1. You Can Get It If You Really Want
  2. Unity
  3. Live and Learn
  4. Rudy Got Soul
  5. Get Up Adina
  6. Generosity
  7. Pretty Africa

Side C:

  1. 007
  2. The First for a Long Time
  3. Rude Boy Train
  4. Honour Your Mother and Father
  5. It Pays
  6. Problems
  7. Wise Man

Side D:

  1. Sing a Little Song
  2. Mother Pepper
  3. Mount Zion
  4. Licking Stick
  5. Young Generation
  6. Pickney Gal
  7. Jamaica Ska