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1)    0.0.7 (Shanty Town) More Info... 0:02
2)    Unity More Info... 0:02
3)    Wiseman More Info... 0:02
4)    Rude Boy Train More Info... 0:02
5)    You've Got Your Troubles More Info... 0:03
6)    Rudie Got Soul More Info... 0:02
7)    Mother's Young Gal More Info... 0:03
8)    Keep a Cool Head More Info... 0:02
9)    Shing a Ling More Info... 0:02
10)    Mother Long Tongue More Info... 0:02
11)    Personal Possession More Info... 0:03
12)    Sweet Music More Info... 0:02
 

Album: 0.0.7 Shanty Town
# Song Title   Time
1)    0.0.7 (Shanty Town) More Info... 0:02
2)    Unity More Info... 0:02
3)    Wiseman More Info... 0:02
4)    Rude Boy Train More Info... 0:02
5)    You've Got Your Troubles More Info... 0:03
6)    Rudie Got Soul More Info... 0:02
7)    Mother's Young Gal More Info... 0:03
8)    Keep a Cool Head More Info... 0:02
9)    Shing a Ling More Info... 0:02
10)    Mother Long Tongue More Info... 0:02
11)    Personal Possession More Info... 0:03
12)    Sweet Music More Info... 0:02
 
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  • Includes liner notes by Mark Humphrey.
  • The patois was incomprehensible, the rhythm irresistible. Desmond Dekker scored big with "Israelites" back in 1969; for many it was their first exposure to Jamaican reggae and the start of a simmering love affair with an extraordinary genre. SHANTY TOWN ORIGINAL, a chirpy overview of all the hits necessary for a basic knowledge of this engaging artist's most successful period, also includes a few slightly more obscure gems such as "Problems," the original B-side of "Ah It Mek."
  • Predating Bob Marley in international stardom by nearly a decade, Dekker presented a pure, raffish falsetto, usually set against a rootsy, compelling rhythm, to triumphant effect. Any suspicion that he may have been concerned with imparting a social message with "Israelites" was swept away by the follow-up, "Ah It Mek," which made an earthy, visceral impression especially when played at proper spine-realigning volume. In the '70s, Dekker's Rude Boy persona couldn't make the leap to hard-core Bob Marley-style Rastafarianism, and more sophisticated warblers like Jimmy Cliff undercut him on the pop front; but for a blissful few moments in the late '60s he could rightly claim to be the best-known reggae singer in the world.
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