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You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection
     

You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection

by Desmond Dekker
 

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What Desmond Dekker fans really want is a comprehensive compilation of the legend's back catalog, but they've been disappointed time and time again. However, You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection finally delivers the goods with a two-CD, career-spanning overview. The set begins at the beginning, with Dekker's 1963 debut single, "Honour

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What Desmond Dekker fans really want is a comprehensive compilation of the legend's back catalog, but they've been disappointed time and time again. However, You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection finally delivers the goods with a two-CD, career-spanning overview. The set begins at the beginning, with Dekker's 1963 debut single, "Honour Your Mother and Father," then charts his progress across the ska years and into rocksteady. As usual, there's a bit of scrimping on the former era to make room for the rude boy icon who emerged in the latter. Reggae's arrival created a rough break with the past for many producers, but not Dekker's mentor, Leslie Kong, and the set flows seamlessly from rocksteady into reggae. By now Dekker had begun his climb to international stardom, with disc two opening with his 1970 hit "Pickney Gal." The singles just kept coming, with the title track another international smash. In 1971, Kong died of a heart attack; the second half of disc two is given over to the aftermath, as Dekker tried to regain his footing and his international standing. He never really did, but never faded away entirely either, with occasional new albums, a stream of compilations, and exultant live performances helping to maintain his reputation. While this is a definitive overview, it's not a complete collection of Dekker's work, not even of the Kong years. The omission of "Bongo Gal" is surprising, the lack of "Writing on the Wall" perhaps a matter of taste, but inevitably a few of your faves will be missing as well. So, not the perfect collection, but pretty close.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768052222
catalogNumber:
80522

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Performance Credits

Desmond Dekker   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Desmond Dekker   Composer,Producer
Byron Lee   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Will Birch   Producer
Tony Cousins   Producer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Leslie Kong   Composer,Producer
Roger Lomas   Producer
Warrick Lyn   Producer
Nick Zesses   Composer
Michael Atherton   Liner Notes
Laurence Cane-Honeysett   Creative Coordinator
Bruce White   Producer
Graeme Goodall   Producer
Desmond Dacres   Composer
Delroy Williams   Producer
Robert D. Palmer   Producer

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