Album Review

Dekker, Desmond – “King of Ska” – [Trojan Records]

Naysayer   12/3/2013   12-inch, Reggae

When I first saw this album I thought,”oh oh” because this is a 1991 release of Desmond Dekker, the true King of ska, redoing a lot of his early songs from the early days. I most often like the original recordings. Like, why mess with a classic when it has already achieved greatness? But then I thought, why not. Many of the biggies like to go back and try again on their hits. Why shouldn’t Desmond? Hmmmm…… well what can I say? Keep it positive. He’s still got the voice, that super voice full of enthusiasm and bounce. And it is ever present on the ten tracks that Trojan Records choose to release. It’s great to hear him keep on singing at that point in his life. Yeah, those are good reasons. Exclude the flat production and kind of predictable instrumentation which weighs down the ska. Maybe it’s like, ska lite, or ska for the cocktail lounge. I could handle that. I mean I don’t want folks bouncin’ around while I’m trying to drink my Manhattan when I’m trying to listen to the guy on stage. But I digress. Remember, he has a SUPER voice.

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