Editors’ Notes Blessed with a truly soulful voice, Desmond Dekker was crowned the King of Ska in the late '60s, becoming one of the first Jamaican artists to reach an international audience. Backed by the angelic harmonies of The Aces, he skanked his way to the top of the Jamaican charts with a string of infectious hits, and while most of his ska peers just wanted to nice up the dance, Dekker's socially conscious tunes brought a powerful message of spiritual unity. These ska anthems and rocksteady gems from the original rude boy will get you grooving, they'll also touch your heart.

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