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King of Ska

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1. Sammy Dead
2. Fat Man
3. Easy Snappin'
4. Carry Go Bring Come
5. Humpty Dumpty
6. King Of Ska
7. Take It Easy
8. Wings Of A Dove
9. King Of Kings
10. Jamaica Ska
11. 007 (Shanty Town)
12. Israelites
13. Rudie Got Soul

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000DCZC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Two world-class Ska acts combine to create one of the best two-tone records of all time. Heavy on the reggae, this combo keeps the tradition alive.
It's all too easy to get caught up in the beat and sing along. Desmond and the Aces teaming up with legendary band The Specials to create an incredible record. Reggae, Ska, Two-Tone; It's all here, and it's all good. 100% Rude, and 100% Good.
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By Jukebox Dave on June 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
DESMOND DEKKER & THE SPECIALS-KING OF SKA: Honey-voiced Jamaican ska pioneer (a forefather of reggae) DESMOND DEKKER's importance cannot be underestimated. This 1991 release is a perfectly natural, joyous mating of teacher and pupil which mashes up DEKKER with late eighties Two Tone scenesters THE SPECIALS for a pumped up affair brimming with rocksteady chemistry and summery energy. DEKKER's early chestnut KING OF SKA is convincingly resurrected, along with JIMMY CLIFF's KING OF KINGS and BYRON LEE's JAMAICA SKA (which ANNETTE FUNICELLO, of all people, once covered!), salted with peppy horn lines, funky, undulating rhythms and spirited vocals, leaning more towards DEKKER's smooth groove ways than THE SPECIALS' punk-influenced vision. The original versions of 007 (SHANTY TOWN), ISRAELITES and RUDY GOT SOUL, DEKKER's influential ska classics from the sixties, are tacked onto the end of this criminally brief album, a tantalizing trip back to the genre's sublime glory days.

RATING: THREE RUDE BOYS
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cape Writer on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The songs on this album are all outstanding, but any Specials or Desmond Dekker fans out there are in for a disappointment. The producers decided to run all the instruments and vocals through a reverb effect in an apparent attempt to replicate Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound. In addition, most of the tracks are overrun by sustained synthesizer chords. Ska's catchiest attribute is its sharp rhythms, but the morons in the booth ruined it by drowning out the quality. What's their motivation? Lord knows, but I've always detested producers who try to become part of the act themselves by manipulating the message instead of fine-tuning it. Close your eyes, and you'll think you're trapped in some horrible karaoke bar. These two classic acts deserved better.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drunkenyodamaster on January 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Whay can I say? Dekker and the specials. Its kinda like that lost beatles/elvis jam that happened but was never recorded, only this one was! On purpose!
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