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5 albums to get you ready for the Rancid-Dropkick Murphys show

With Rancid and Dropkick Murphys teaming up on the “From Boston to Berkeley Tour,” here are five albums to check out to get you ready for the show:

Dropkick Murphys, “Singles Collection, Volume 2”

The Dropkicks prove themselves to be one of punk’s greatest cover bands here with raging takes on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” Motorhead’s “Rock and Roll,” AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll” and more.

Rancid, “Life Won’t Wait”

Partially recorded in Jamaica, with pronounced ska and reggae leanings in places, Rancid’s fourth record was initially overlooked upon its 1998 release but stands as the group’s most adventurous and diffuse record.

Dropkick Murphys, “Sing Loud, Sing Proud!”

As its title suggests, “Sing” is loaded with anthems, from a full-throated ode to the band’s hometown (“For Boston”) to the Dropkicks’ inspired take on Florence Reece’s pro-union “Which Side Are You On?”

Rancid, “Let’s Go”

This isn’t a singles collection per se, but it sure sounds like it with one shout-it-out classic after the next. You’ll lose your voice singing along to this one.

Rancid, “… And Out Come the Wolves”

Rancid’s commercial breakthrough and still the album they play the most tunes from live. Twenty-three years after its release, “Wolves” has lost none of its snarl.

Contact Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0476. Follow @JasonBracelin on Twitter.

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