Various Artists

Ska Explosion

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Ska Explosion is a collection of live concert tracks from British label Step One and features bands from the second wave of the U.K. ska scene. Some of the highlights include the saxophone-led "It's So Easy" by the Loafers (who also back Laurel Aitken on "Skinhead"), the Skadows' goosed-up version of War's "Lowrider," and Potato 5 doing yet another take on the ubiquitous "Stop That Train," probably best known in the version by Peter Tosh and the Wailers. The energy level is way up on this compilation, of course, but all in all, it seems a bit forced. Recommended for ska diehards only.

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