The Specials - Specials

Limited Double 2LP 180 Gram Black Vinyl Records Reissue

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Specials is the debut studio album by British ska band The Specials, originally released in October 1979 via 2 Tone Records.

The Specials are an English ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. After some early changes, the first stable line-up of the group consisted of Terry Hall and Neville Staple on vocals, Lynval Golding and Roddy Radiation on guitars, Horace Panter on bass, Jerry Dammers on keyboards, John Bradbury on drums, and Dick Cuthell and Rico Rodriguez on horns.

Produced by Elvis Costello, this album captured a disaffected mood amongst the youth of Great Britain in the late 1970s blending the anger of punk music with the sound of 1960s Jamaican ska. The album features a mixture of original material and several covers of classic Jamaican ska tracks.

"Monkey Man" had been a hit for Toots & The Maytals in 1969, "Too Hot" was a Prince Buster original from 1966, and the opening track, "A Message to You, Rudy" was a Dandy Livingstone single in 1967. "You're Wondering Now" was originally performed by duo Andy & Joey and later covered by The Skatalites.

The album was released to mixed reviews, however is now regarded as a classic album from 1979, capturing the mood of an unhappy Britain at that time. New Musical Express ranked Specials in their Top 10 albums for 1979, and Rolling Stone Magazine rank the album at #68 in their list of 100 Best Albums of the Eighties.

This album is the 40th Anniversary reissue on 2LP 180 gram heavyweight vinyl at 45 RPM, featuring half speed remastered audio, with plain black poly lined inner sleeves and an OBI strip, pressed in Europe via 2 Tone Records.

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Tracklsting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

A Message To You Rudy

2:53

A2

Do The Dog

2:09

A3

It's Up To You

3:25

A4

Nite Klub

3:22

B1

Doesn't Make It Alright

3:26

B2

Concrete Jungle

3:18

B3

Too Hot

3:09

C1

Monkey Man

2:45

C2

(Dawning Of A) New Era

2:24

C3

Blank Expression

2:43

C4

Stupid Marriage

3:49

D1

Too Much Too Young

6:06

D2

Little Bitch

2:31

D3

You're Wondering Now

2:36

SKU 5060516094011
Record Label Two Tone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number CDLTTH5001
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 October 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 19 October 1979
Barcode # 5060516094011
Shipping Weight 0.5200kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited 40th Anniversary Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl, 45 RPM, OBI Strip, Reissue, Remastered
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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