The Best Of The Specials
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The Best Of The Specials

31 Mar 2008

4.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title Artist
Gangsters The Special AKA
A Message To You Rudy (2002 Remaster) The Specials
Nite Klub (2002 Digital Remaster; Feat. Rico) The Specials Featuring Rico
Concrete Jungle (2002 Digital Remaster) The Specials
Too Much Too Young (Live) The Special AKA
Blank Expression (2002 Digital Remaster) The Specials
Doesn't Make It Alright (2002 Digital Remaster) The Specials
Rude Boys Outa Jail The Specials
Rat Race -The Specials- The Specials
Man At C&A (2002 Digital Remaster) The Specials
Do Nothing The Specials Featuring Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds
Stereotype/Stereotypes (Part 2) (Medley) (2002 Digital Remaster) The Specials
International Jet Set (2002 Remaster) The Specials
Friday Night, Saturday Morning The Specials
Why? (Edit) The Specials
Ghost Town (Extended Version) The Specials
What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (2002 Remaster) The Special AKA
Racist Friend The Special AKA
War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same) (Edit) The Special AKA
Nelson Mandela (2002 Digital Remaster) The Special AKA

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Label: Chrysalis UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:20:32
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  • ASIN: B001IQMS46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening 15 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Specials (or The Special AKA as they were known occasionally) were arguably the most influential band of the late 70s/early 80s. Formed in 1977, two years prior to Thatcher's government, it was the bands ability to mix diverse musical styles (ska, punk, reggae, rockabilly) and turn them into something immesely enjoyable which endeared them to their legions of fans, couple this together with a message of racial harmony and anti-establishment sentiments and you are just scraping the surface of the power this band had.
The Specials were the brainchild of Jerry Dammers, who formed his own record label and managed to recruit other, like minded bands (such as Madness, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, The Selecter) with a view to forming a 'collective' of musicians, all with something to say to the youth of Thatcher's Britain. Hence, 'Two Tone' was born.
This album puts together the obligatory singles and tracks from the first three Specials albums (Specials, More Specials and In The Studio) together with a DVD of videos for singles and footage of live performances. If, like me, you are an avid fan then this is only worth buying for the (as far as I am aware) otherwise unavailable DVD as I have all the other tracks on the digitally remastered albums, but for this price the DVD on it's own is a bargain.
If you are interested in The Specials and want to grab a cross section of their work then this is a great starting point and it does contain a number of album tracks which deserve to be heard (e.g. Nite Klub, Blank Expression, Stereotypes etc.)
All in all a fantastic cross section of The Specials' work and a great way to brush up before the hugely anticipated tour in the autumn of 2008 with all the original band members(fingers crossed that it goes ahead).
Buy It!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sounds of Thatchers Britain still resonates 25 Nov 2010
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
Listening to the anger tinged nonchalance of Terry Hall's unique voice transports me back to a time of deep dissatisfaction, unrest and uncertainity. It also evokes memories of youthful rebellion and the sense of outrage at what the future held for a young working class Northen lad. The Specials, more than any of the other SKA/Two Tone bands of the time, signified far more than a mere revival in Mod fashion and music and, unlike a number of their milder mannered contemporaries, their appeal crossed the boundaries of the rigid teenage-tribal loyalties that populated Thatchers 80's . Punks, Skins, Soul Boys and New Romantics could all find something within their sound that resonated.Everybody loved the Specials.They took a firm Anti Racist and Political stance and spoke directly to, and clearly for, the marginalised and disenfranchised of all our communities. The kick from the brilliant sound that resulted from the fusion of white working class poetry and pumping ska has not diminished in the years that have passed since the Specials ripped a hole for themselves in the fabric of 80's music with their landmark eponymous 1979 breakthrough album. Its no surprise, given these days of austerity and unrest, that the band (sadly minus the estranged founder member and main songwriter Jerry Dammers) are in a period of resurgence.

The music is as raw,relevant and rebel rousing now as it was back in the early 80's and I would urge anyone, who may have maybe caught a recent sight and sound of the Specials but wants to find out more, to start right here with this classy collection. Five Stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Compilation 13 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Comprising an excellent greatest hits collection with a dvd of live performances and promo videos, this compilation is essential. Unless you're a big fan or completist this package contains everything you could want from The Specials' enduring legacy. Much of their music still sounds vital and contemporary. Along with The Beat's recent 2 cd compilation, You Just Can't Beat It (and maybe The Selecter's greatest hits), you have a capsule history of the late 70s/early 80s ska revival. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The specials are amazing 31 Jan 2014
By Jasmine
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I just love every song on the album, everytime i think i have a favourite i find myself loving another pne just as much
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sooper cd 6 Jan 2014
By stewart
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A good CD.
It comes with a DVD, which I did not know about..
Thanks for sorting out @ quick supply
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5.0 out of 5 stars & a bonus DVD 20 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Who could ask for more? I was looking for a CD to replace my old records & this has great variety & a DVD. As I live in Australia I wasnt exposed to clips of the ska era so this is just awesome for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best of the Specials 25 Sep 2013
By Mikeyt
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If you are over 45 you should have this cd in your collection, almost one hit after the other, bringing back great memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top buy 24 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent Album (CD + DVD), super value, a must have for all SKA / TWO TONE fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
Bought it when I realised my vinyl 'Specials' had disappeared some time in the last 10 years! Really pleased with it and the extra DVD was a real bonus. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cathode Raybook
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to your youth
It is what it is, if you want the greatest hits of The Specials this is what you'll get. If you are looking for some obscure track that was on a b side many moons ago then look... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Milwaukee Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend.
This album is one of the most iconic of its time and will always have its place in my play lists.
Published 9 months ago by Paul Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have loved The Specials for many years...probably 30+. Ha! Ha! The album is permanently in my car. A good CD to drive to work to, and back from.,
Published 9 months ago by Julie Garratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very pleased with the purchase, delivery, and product. All round great and I would recommend this product to others. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by T
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Specials
It has got all the hits on but it is a really long cd filled with songs I have never heard of.
Published 10 months ago by K. L. Naylor
3.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF SPECIALS OR IS IT
I liked the Specials and looked forward to getting this best of CD, but I made a mistake and ordered the MPS download and feel disapointed with the quality of the download music... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. S. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars special
great compilation with all the hits. Good sound quality. blooming good value for money at the price, costs less than getting 4 singles
Published 13 months ago by C. Ives
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