Various Artists

Reggae Action

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A generous two-disc, 32-track collection of classic Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and early roots reggae sides, Reggae Action juggles both the familiar and the not so familiar in a intriguing mix that includes Desmond Dekker ("Israelites" and "007 [Shanty Town]"), Jimmy Cliff (the powerful "Vietnam"), and some delightfully wacky instrumentals by the likes of Dave & Ansel Collins ("Double Barrel") and the Harry J All-Stars ("Liquidator"). The selections included are somewhat skewed toward sides that were popular in the U.K. during the mod era, but that doesn't prevent this from being a fine and universal set.

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