Various Artists

This Is Crucial Reggae: Ska

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Most of these dozen tracks are really more rocksteady than actual ska, but the music is great either way, with classic sides like the Ethiopians' "Train to Skaville," Toots & the Maytals' "Broadway Jungle," Desmond Dekker's "007 (Shanty Town)," Justin Hinds' "Carry Go Bring Come" and the immortal Skatalites' "Guns of Navarone." The disc comes with an enhanced CD-R track. Serious fans of Jamaican music will already have all of these selections, but this brief sets makes a nice introduction to an era when ska was giving way to rocksteady and things were starting to build toward true reggae.

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