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, a 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.


Double Dekker is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on orange coloured vinyl.


    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              
    8. Look What They’re Doing To Me
    9. Please Don’t Bend
    10. My Reward
    11. Little Darling
    12. Life Of Opportunity
    13. When I’m Cold
    14. Archie Wah Wah
    15. Hippopotamus
    16. Warlock
    17. Licking Stick
    18. What Will You Gain
    19. Trample
    20. The More You Live
    21. Go And Tell My People  
    22. Reggae Recipe
    23. Yakety Yak
    24. Where Did It Go
    25. First Time For A Long Time
    26. Stop The Wedding
    27. Mother Nature
    28. Life Hope And Faith