Desmond Dekker

The King of Ska [Sunrise]

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Desmond Dekker was one of the first Jamaican singers to break rocksteady and reggae into the world market when "Israelites" became a surprise international pop hit in 1968, paving the way for other island stars like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. This offhand and rather random single-disc collection includes two of Dekker's most enduring songs, "Israelites" and "007 (Shanty Town)," as well as lesser-known songs like "Rudy Got Soul," but it hardly does more than scratch the surface of Dekker's catalog.

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