A landmark album from Desmond Dekker
– and a seminal side of Jamaican music that really broke big on the global scene in the years before reggae! The set's a bit ska, a bit rocksteady, and completely solid all the way through – thanks to near-perfect production from Leslie Kong, who has a way of letting the basslines bubble in a pre-dub way – while Desmond
's high-reaching vocals really take off over the top! The blend of sounds is completely wonderful – with a richness that makes the whole album as fantastic as the classic title track – and which has us wondering why Dekker
never hit these heights again. Titles include "Israelites", "For Once In My Live", "Tips Of My Fingers", "Intensified", "It Is Not Easy", "Too Much Too Soon", "Rude Boy Train", and "Nincompoop".
(Recent 180 gram pressing on Pyramid.)