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Specials - Remastered £2.99 Delivered @ HMV (also More Specials: Remastered / In The Studio: Remastered)
Specials - Remastered £2.99 Delivered @ HMV (also More Specials: Remastered / In The Studio: Remastered)

Specials - Remastered £2.99 Delivered @ HMV (also More Specials: Remastered / In The Studio: Remastered)

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Produced by Elvis Costello, this self-titled 1979 debut quickly became gospel to the wave of ska then sweeping England. Infusing the catchy, jumpy music developed by artists like the Skatalites and Prince Buster a generation before them with punk's youthful disenfranchisement, bands like the Specials, the Selecter and Madness gave birth to a movement, one which strove for such noble goals as racial unity (then a particularly sore issue in Britain) and non-violence. THE SPECIALS states these ideals magnificently, wrapping them in tunes bursting with energy--tight, sincere and masterful.
Ska's musical style is an easy one to discern--syncopated rhythm guitar, infectious rhythms, horn sections a-go-go; vocals often reach the level of a rant, and the lyrics are usually of utmost import. The album's opener and by far its most recognised tune "A Message To You Rudy" spoke frankly and directly to those youngsters tempted towards the gangster life. "Do the Dog" is more outright social statement--an earnest appeal not to fall into life's easy, safe categories, be they military or social. Societal issues of every stripe are attacked--from "Stupid Marriage" to "Concrete Jungle".

Track Listing

1. Message To You Rudy
2. Do The Dog
3. It's Up To You
4. Nite Klub
5. Doesn't Make It Alright
6. Concrete Jungle
7. Too Hot
8. Monkey Man
9. Dawning Of A New Era
11. Stupid Marriage
12. You're Wondering Now
13. Gangsters [black & white promo video/CD bonus track]
14. Too Much Too Young [video/live colour footage - CD bonus track]

9 Comments

great album great price price. heat added.

mod

sillycib
There are a few more Specials CDs at £2.99 so I've added them to your title rather than create a new thread
Regards
andywedge

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andywedge;6697291

sillycib There are a few more Specials CDs at £2.99 so I've added them to … sillycib There are a few more Specials CDs at £2.99 so I've added them to your title rather than create a new threadRegardsandywedge



cheers Andy

Great price for some real 80's thanks.

Off to see these next monday. It's nearly 30 years since I last saw them. :thumbsup:

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trog0;6700906

Off to see these next monday. It's nearly 30 years since I last saw them. … Off to see these next monday. It's nearly 30 years since I last saw them. :thumbsup:



their last round of gigs was supposed to have been amazing from what I heard.

sillycib;6708165

their last round of gigs was supposed to have been amazing from what I … their last round of gigs was supposed to have been amazing from what I heard.



Purposely didn't go as I didn't want to be seen with all the old mods and skinheads.:-D

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not with your walking stick anyway

sillycib;6710719

not with your walking stick anyway



Lol
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