Product Code: CDL TTH 5001
Origin: EU
Label: 2 Tone / Chrysalis (2019)
Format: 2 x LP 45RPM
Availability: In Stock
Cover: M
Record: M
Genre: Reggae , Rock , Ska N

The Specials (40 Anniversay Edition)

Sealed brand new double 12", 45 RPM, Album, Reissue, 40th Anniversary Edition, 180g.

The Specials is the debut album by British ska revival band The Specials. Released on 19 October 1979[1] on Jerry Dammers' 2 Tone label, the album is seen by some as the defining moment in the UK ska scene. Produced by Elvis Costello, the album captures the disaffection and anger felt by the youth of the UK's "concrete jungle"—a phrase borrowed from Bob Marley's 1972 album Catch a Fire but equally apposite used here to describe the grim, violent inner cities of 1970s Britain. The album features a mixture of original material and several covers of classic Jamaican ska tracks, a debt which went uncredited on the 1979 release.[citation needed]

A live version of "Too Much Too Young" was later released on a five-track EP, The Special AKA Live!, which went to number one on the UK charts. "'A Message to You, Rudy" was also released as a single. A digitally remastered edition also featuring promotional videos to "Gangsters" and "Too Much Too Young" as enhanced content was released by EMI in 2002.

A1   A Message To You Rudy
Written-ByR. Thompson*
A2   Do The Dog
Arranged ByJ. Dammers*
Written-ByR. Thomas*
A3   It's Up To You
Written-ByJ. Dammers*, Specials*
A4   Nite Klub
Backing VocalsChrissie Hynde
Written-ByJ. Dammers*, Specials*
B1   Doesn't Make It Alright
Written-ByB. Goldberg*, J. Dammers*, M. Harrison*
B2   Concrete Jungle
Written-ByR. Radiation*
B3   Too Hot
Written-ByC. Campbell*
C1   Monkey Man
C2   (Dawning Of A) New Era
Written-ByJ. Dammers*
C3   Blank Expression
Written-ByJ. Dammers*, Specials*
C4   Stupid Marriage
Written-ByJ. Dammers*, M. Harrison*, N. Staple*
D1   Too Much Too Young
Written-ByJ. Dammers*
Written-By [Acknowledgment To]L. Charmers*
D2   Little Bitch
Written-ByJ. Dammers*
D3   You're Wondering Now
Written-ByClement Seymour*