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007: The Best of Desmond Dekker

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Desmond Dekker 10/31/2011

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Desmond Dekker was the first Jamaican reggae artist to break through in the United States, when his powerful and anthemic tune "Israelites" rose to number nine on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1969. While "Israelites" was the first time most Americans had ever heard of Desmond Dekker, he was already a major star at home, cutting well-mannered ska singles (such as "Honour Your Mother and Father") since 1963 before moving on to more full-bodied rocksteady and reggae sounds with pointed and thoughtful lyrics as the decade wore on, scoring hits like "007 (Shanty Town)" (featured prominently on the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come), "Rude Boy Train," "It Gotta Be So," and "The Song We Used to Sing (Where Did It Go)." 007: The Best of Desmond Dekker is a two-disc collection that features 25 classic hits from Dekker's catalog, as well as another 25 rare and unreleased sides including alternate takes of some of the artist's fan favorites of the '60s and '70s. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Israelites Desmond Dekker 2:32
  3. 2 007 (Shanty Town) Desmond Dekker 2:31
  4. 3 You Can Get It If You Really Want Desmond Dekker 2:37
  5. 4 It Mek [UK Mix] Desmond Dekker 2:19
  6. 5 Sing a Little Song Desmond Dekker 3:2
  7. 6 Pickney Gal [Alternate Version] Desmond Dekker 2:49
  8. 7 Intensified '68 (aka Music Like Dirt) Desmond Dekker 2:43
  9. 8 Honour Your Mother and Father Desmond Dekker 2:26
  10. 9 Licking Stick Desmond Dekker 2:11
  11. 10 It Pays [Alternate Version] Desmond Dekker 2:54
  12. 11 The More You Live Desmond Dekker 3:16
  13. 12 Mother's Young Gal Desmond Dekker 2:54
  14. 13 Mother Nature Desmond Dekker 3:33
  15. 14 Sabotage Desmond Dekker 2:41
  16. 15 The Song We Used to Sing (Where Did It Go) Desmond Dekker 3:1
  17. 16 Wiseman Desmond Dekker 2:13
  18. 17 Jeserine Desmond Dekker 2:38
  19. 18 It Gotta Be So Desmond Dekker 2:45
  20. 19 Rude Boy Train Desmond Dekker 2:15
  21. 20 Get Up, Edina Desmond Dekker 2:39
  22. 21 Beautiful and Dangerous Desmond Dekker 2:46
  23. 22 Busted Lad Desmond Dekker 3:16
  24. 23 Bongo Gal [Alternate Version] Desmond Dekker 2:28
  25. 24 Mother Pepper Desmond Dekker 2:20
  26. 25 Everybody Join Hands Desmond Dekker 3:58
  27. 1 A It Mek Desmond Dekker 2:19
  28. 2 Unity [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:25
  29. 3 King of Ska Desmond Dekker 2:41
  30. 4 Rudy Got Soul [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:57
  31. 5 Sentimental Reason Desmond Dekker 2:44
  32. 6 Problems Desmond Dekker 2:40
  33. 7 Personal Possession [Alternate Version] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:59
  34. 8 First Time for a Long Time Desmond Dekker 2:27
  35. 9 Young Generation [Alternate Version] Desmond Dekker 2:17
  36. 10 Generosity Desmond Dekker 2:58
  37. 11 Keep a Cool Head [Alternate Version] Desmond Dekker 2:3
  38. 12 Get Up Little Suzie Desmond Dekker 3:10
  39. 13 Pretty Africa Desmond Dekker 2:36
  40. 14 Dancing Time Desmond Dekker 2:31
  41. 15 Mount Zion Desmond Dekker 2:41
  42. 16 Hanging Tree [Alternative Take] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:51
  43. 17 Perseverance Desmond Dekker 2:44
  44. 18 Sweet Music [Alternative Take] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:31
  45. 19 Fu Manchu [Alternative Take] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 3:4
  46. 20 Mother Long Tongue [Alternative Take] [Alternate Take] Desmond Dekker 2:15
  47. 21 Call on Me, Baby [Alternative Take] Desmond Dekker 2:33
  48. 22 Sugar and Spice Desmond Dekker 2:30
  49. 23 This Woman Desmond Dekker 2:30
  50. 24 Shing a Ling Desmond Dekker 2:24
  51. 25 Israelites [1970 Live Version] [Live] Desmond Dekker 4:49

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