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SPECIALS, THE

More Specials (Special Edition) (Reissue)

Model:
2564633603
SKU:
675555
PLU: 675555

Featuring Additional Rare Bonus Material, Non-Album Singles, Ep's & B-Sides, New Extensive Sleevenotes And Previously Unseen Chalkie Davies' Photos!

2 Tone Records/Warners Catalogue is pleased to release Special Editions of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever - The Specials. These reissues have been liaised and approved by the band's founder and main songwriter Jerry Dammers and have been remastered by Tim Debney at Fluid.

Featuring Additional Rare Bonus Material, Non-Album Singles, Ep's & B-Sides, New Extensive Sleevenotes And Previously Unseen Chalkie Davies' Photos!

2 Tone Records/Warners Catalogue is pleased to release Special Editions of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever - The Specials. These reissues have been liaised and approved by the band's founder and main songwriter Jerry Dammers and have been remastered by Tim Debney at Fluid.

Format - 2CD
Genre - Punk & Hardcore
Release Date - 03/04/15

Not yet reviewed.

Featuring Additional Rare Bonus Material, Non-Album Singles, Ep's & B-Sides, New Extensive Sleevenotes And Previously Unseen Chalkie Davies' Photos!

2 Tone Records/Warners Catalogue is pleased to release Special Editions of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever - The Specials. These reissues have been liaised and approved by the band's founder and main songwriter Jerry Dammers and have been remastered by Tim Debney at Fluid.

As well as the original albums, they include all the band's EPs, non-album singles and b-sides, the 'Too Much Too Young EP', 'Rat Race', 'Ghost Town' (full version), 'Friday Night, Saturday Morning' and 'Why?' (extended version); a rare, previously unreleased on CD, frenetic concert recorded for the BBC at the Paris Theatre in December 1979 plus John Peel BBC radio sessions and instrumentals of six tracks from 'In The Studio' mixed at the time, (which perfectly demonstrate the album's groundbreaking experimentation).

All three Special Editions include new and extensive sleevenotes by Lois Wilson, as well as rare and previously unseen Chalkie Davies' photos of the band, some of which have been used to create variations on the albums' original cover photos.

Formed in Coventry in the mid-1970s, The Specials (formerly Coventry Automatics) was the idea of musician Jerry Dammers, who brought together an eclectic array of individuals to fulfill his vision of a multi-racial band, fusing the energy of punk with the legendary but, at the time, often overlooked, sound of Jamaican ska. This was a fusion which proved to be explosive. The seven individuals – Dammers (keyboards), Terry Hall (vocals), Neville Staples (vocals), Lynval Golding (rhythm guitar), Roddy 'Radiation' Byers (lead guitar), 'Sir' Horace 'Gentleman' Panter (bass) and John Bradbury (drums), along with legendary Jamaican ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez and trumpeter Dick Cuthell - not only fully realised Dammers' vision, but their exuberant, uncompromising sound and 'message' music reached the top of the charts. The resulting popularity of the band and its music was considered by many, to have a hugely positive influence on race relations in late '70s/early '80s Britain, helping to create unity amongst disaffected youth.

Less than a year after their debut, Dammers was determined to make their follow up an equally musically innovative album. 'More Specials' (October 1980) was to be ambitious and totally unique, expanding the group's musical palette into areas never previously explored in 'rock' music. As well as the aforementioned genres, it also encompassed muzak, nightmare exotica, bossa nova, northern soul, and calypso. It was a commercial success, hitting the UK Top 5, and, as well as 'Stereotypes', the single 'Do Nothing' was also a Top 10 hit.

In early 1981, the group re-entered the studio to record another non-album single, one that would eerily soundtrack that summer's widespread rioting and assure the group's place in music history. 'Ghost Town', (B/W 'Friday Night, Saturday Morning' and 'Why?') influenced the dystopian sounds which were to dominate the Bristol "trip hop" scene, and in turn pass into much British music since, up to and including dubstep. Capturing a mood of inner city anger and alienation in an uneasy amalgam of Eastern melody, skank reggae and heavy dub bass, with an inimitable and mournful trombone solo by Rico Rodriguez, the song reached no.1 in the charts, but sadly, after what should have been an occasion for celebration, Hall, Golding and Staple left to form the Fun Boy Three and Byers left to tour with his band the Tearjerkers.

Primary Format - MusicCD
ArtistSPECIALS, THE
Label2 Tone Records / Warner
Music GenrePunk / Ska
Music Genre PrimaryPunk & Hardcore

CD - ORIGINAL ALBUM

  • 1. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
  • 2. Man At C&A
  • 3. Hey, Little Rich Girl
  • 4. Do Nothing
  • 5. Pearl's Café
  • 6. Sock It To 'Em J.B.
  • 7. Stereotypes/Stereotypes - Pt. 2
  • 8. Holiday Fortnight
  • 9. I Can't Stand It
  • 10. International Jet Set
  • 11. Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)

CD - SINGLES, B-SIDES AND RARITIES

  • 1. Rat Race
  • 2. Rude Buoys Outa Jail
  • 3. Stereotypes Pts.1 & 2 (John Peel Session)
  • 4. International Jet Set (Single Version)
  • 5. Rude Boys Outa Jail (Version) (Featuring Neville Staples Aka Judge Roughneck)
  • 6. Do Nothing (Single Version) (Featuring Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds)
  • 7. Maggie's Farm
  • 8. Raquel
  • 9. Why? (Extended Version)
  • 10. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
  • 11. Ghost Town (Full Version)
  • 12. Sea Cruise (John Peel Session) (Featuring Rico)
  • 13. You're Wondering Now (Kid Jensen Session)
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