Various Artists

Crazy World of Ska!

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The Crazy World Of Ska! rounds up the usual suspects on the U.K. ska scene for this explosive collection from British Oi! label Step One. As expected, things are pretty lively from start to finish, but highlights include the opening track, Arthur Kay's "Sootie Is a Rudie," and King Hammond's "King Hammond Shuffle." Members of the Specials and the Beat team up (calling themselves Special Beat) on a speeded-up, careening version of Toots & the Maytals' "Monkey Man" that's so out of control that it seems to leave gravity behind. A dance party in a jewel box.

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