Various Artists

Skinhead Classics

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The British reggae band Simaryp capitalized on Blighty's skinhead-reggae craze of the late '60s and plied its own brand of Kingston's boot-stomping beat. Taking cues from the likes of Prince Buster and producer Harry J. -- his Liquidator album was a skinhead favorite -- Simaryp cut Skinhead Moonstop in 1969, a batch of raucously fun tracks boasting such tongue-in-cheek titles as "Skinhead Jamboree" and a fine cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking." This Trojan double disc combines that album with a compilation of original skinhead-reggae favorites called Monkey Business. It contains such contemporary Brit-released reggae smashes as the Upsetters' "Django," David and Ansel Collins' "Double Barrel," and Clancy Eccles' "Fatty Fatty." Rounding things out are more gems by the Soulmates, Desmond Dekker ("007 (Shanty Town)"), and the Maytals, not to mention Harry J.'s "Liquidator" and Eric Donaldson's "Cherry O Baby." A transcontinental party on wax.

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