Desmond Dekker – Rude Boy Train
label: Beverley’s Records
side a: Rude Boy Train
side b: Version
Great reissue of this 1967 single. Great because it sounds good and you can play it out, unlike many of the Jamaican pressings, which many times sound good enough for (not too loud) playing at home but awful on a big soundsystem. Not that there are that many big, or good soundsytems in the Madrid clubs.
Actually “Rude Boy Train” is by Desmond Dekker And The Aces and together with the immortal “Israelites”, one of my favourite tunes ever, it was one of his biggest hits in the UK (where it was released by the Pyramid imprint, fruit of the hook-up of Beverley’s head honcho and producer Leslie Kong with engineer Graeme Goodall) and on the mod scene worldwide.
Here’s a live video of “Rude Boy Train”: