'More Specials' is avaialable on CD for the first time since its deletion in 1992. The Midlands-based ska act fronted by Terry Hall had two top ten hits from this album in 1980, 'Stereotype/International Jet Set' and 'Do Nothing'. This enhanced version includes the video to their second no.1 single, 'Ghost Town'.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
The Specials: Neville Staples (vocals, percussion); Terry Hall (vocals); Lynval Golding (guitar, background vocals); Roddy Radiation (guitar); Jerry Dammers (piano, organ); Sir Horace Gentleman (bass); John Bradbury (drums).
Additional personnel: Rhoda Dakar (vocals); Kik Thompson, Paul Heskatt (saxophones); Dick Cuthell (flugelhorn, cornet); Rico Rodriguez (trombone); The Go-Go's (background vocals).
Producers: Jerry Dammers, Dave Jordan.
Reissue Producers: Nigel Reeve, Rob Owen.
Recorded at Horizon Studios, Coventry, England. Includes liner notes by Adrian Thrills.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Leaders of ska music's second wave in England during the late 1970s and early '80s, the Specials founded the 2 Tone record label, and added like-minded bands such as the Selecter, the English Beat, and Madness to the roster. Combining socially conscious messages with jaunty, danceable melodies, the Specials (later known as the Special AKA) toured with the Clash and had their first album, THE SPECIALS (1979) produced by Elvis Costello. The band enjoyed British singles chart success with ska anthems such as "Gangsters", "Rat Race", "Too Much Too Young" (as part of "The Special AKA Live! EP) and "Ghost Town", with the latter two hitting the top spot. At the peak of their success in 1981, internal tensions led to the group fragmenting, with members departing to form the Fun Boy Three and, later, the Special Beat.
Man At C&A
Hey, Little Rich Girl
Sock It To 'Em J.B.
I Can't Stand It
International Jet Set
Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (2) [reprise]
Ghost Town [colour promo video/CD bonus track]
Rat Race [colour promo video/CD bonus track]
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