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The Specials (CD)

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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, had their first album produced by Elvis Costello, and topped the British singles charts with ska anthems "Gangsters" and "Rudi, A Message to You." 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.

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1   A Message To You Rudy (2002 Remaster) Buy Buy
2   Do The Dog (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
3   It's Up To You (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
4   Nite Klub (2002 Digital Remaster) (Feat. Rico) Buy Buy
5   Doesn't Make It Alright (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
6   Concrete Jungle (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
7   Too Hot (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
8   Monkey Man (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
9   (Dawning Of A) New Era (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
10   Blank Expression (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
11   Stupid Marriage (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
12   Too Much Too Young (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
13   Little Bitch (2002 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy

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Album Description

UK 2002 remastered reissue of the British ska revivalist''s 1979 album. Includes ECD section containing 2 promotional videos ''Gangsters'' & ''Too Much Too Young''. Produced by Elvis Costello.

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The beat that got a generation dancing and brought ska back into the public eye. Produced by Elvis Costello, then still a boy wonder himself, the album built on the sound of the Specials'' first two singles, and gave the world its first extended look at Two Tone. Inspired writing and arranging (much of it down to founder Jerry Dammers) with Terry Hall as the laconic front man made for a perfect combination, the riddim of ska and the speed of punk. As a testament to its power, two decades haven''t lessened its impact. --Chris Nickson

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