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Desmond Dekker, the original rude boy, was instrumental in taking reggae out of the Jamaican ghettos and bringing it to the world. Bob Marley gets all the credit, but the Wailer walked through a door that Dekker pushed wide open back in the '60s. Dekker's producer Leslie Kong unlocked the door for him with an unerring ear for twigging Jamaican music for international audiences. Myriad compilations were built around the two men's music, and truthfully they're all virtually interchangeable, as Dekker's canon is so high caliber that even new fans will never get burned. Gimme Gimme, is a case in point. It includes a trio of crucial hits -- "The Israelites," "You Can Get It If...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Desmond Dekker, the original rude boy, was instrumental in taking reggae out of the Jamaican ghettos and bringing it to the world. Bob Marley gets all the credit, but the Wailer walked through a door that Dekker pushed wide open back in the '60s. Dekker's producer Leslie Kong unlocked the door for him with an unerring ear for twigging Jamaican music for international audiences. Myriad compilations were built around the two men's music, and truthfully they're all virtually interchangeable, as Dekker's canon is so high caliber that even new fans will never get burned. Gimme Gimme, is a case in point. It includes a trio of crucial hits -- "The Israelites," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "It Mek" -- and some notable omissions, with the rest swinging from much compiled popular numbers to relatively rarer songs like the mistitled title track (aka "Gimme a Divorce"), "Coconut Water," and "Fu Manchu." Nothing here for the hardcore fan nor for those looking to expand their collection, but it's as good a place to start as any for those just discovering the many delights of the legendary Desmond Dekker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Brook
  • UPC: 883717700124
  • Catalog Number: 1015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Mek (2:22)
  2. 2 Coconut Water (3:29)
  3. 3 Don't Blame Me (2:27)
  4. 4 Fu Man Chu (3:09)
  5. 5 Gimme Gimme (2:13)
  6. 6 Intensified (2:45)
  7. 7 You Can Get It If You Really Want (2:41)
  8. 8 Israelites (2:48)
  9. 9 It Is Not Easy (2:13)
  10. 10 It Pays (3:02)
  11. 11 Writing on the Wall (2:19)
  12. 12 Keep a Cool Head (2:04)
  13. 13 Mother Long Tongue (2:11)
  14. 14 Mother Pepper (2:24)
  15. 15 Mother Young Gal (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Desmond Dekker Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Desmond Dekker Composer
Leslie Kong Composer
Desmond Dacres Composer
Stephen Nye Liner Notes
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