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The Specials: Specials Remastered CD only £2.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV
The Specials: Specials Remastered CD only £2.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

The Specials: Specials Remastered CD only £2.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

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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".

A Message To You Rudy
Do The Dog
It's Up To You
Nite Klub
Doesn't Make It Alright
Concrete Jungle
Too Hot
Monkey Man
New Era
Blank Expression
Stupid Marriage
Too Much Too Young
Little Bitch
You're Wondering Now
Gangsters [black & white promo video/CD bonus track]
Too Much Too Young [video/live colour footage - CD bonus track]

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Great post, classic album from a great band, who im going to see in May 09 for their 30 year anniversary tour

You can download this album FREE from Amazon with their £3.00 mp3 voucher.

Fantastic band!

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You can download this album FREE from Amazon with their £3.00 mp3 … You can download this album FREE from Amazon with their £3.00 mp3 voucher.Fantastic band!



You can do that with any £3 album, not just this one:p

Me too , off to see em at brixton in may - waited 25 yrs for the gig - one of the best albums of all time in my opinion

best albums of all time in my opinion



First album i ever bought. 11 years of age and i still have it .

Coming up at £6-99 for me.

first album i bought
great tunes
absolutly by madness was out around about the same time
also great

donkeydavid;3863199

Coming up at £6-99 for me.



Me too :?

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Purple"]One of the first albums i bought and already got it on cd so not sure its worth rebuying for the sake of vids... but we'll see.

Carling glasgow sold out..i'll need to plough ebay![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

donkeydavid;3863199

Coming up at £6-99 for me.


Me Too re £6.99

I still have the vinyl LP in my roof - Don't think my kids even know what vinyl was!

Banned

tour is sold out, wanted to ask my dad if he wanted to go.

Banned

donkeydavid;3863199

Coming up at £6-99 for me.


same

£6.99 for me too. Shame. But have got my tickets for Brixton in May.
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