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The Specials [Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Joe Cocker, The Specials Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005YU95
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. A Message To You Rudy (2002 Remaster)The Specials 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Do The Dog (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It's Up To You (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nite Klub (2002 Digital Remaster; Feat. Rico)The Specials Featuring Rico 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Doesn't Make It Alright (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concrete Jungle (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Too Hot (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monkey Man (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. (Dawning Of A) New Era (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blank Expression (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stupid Marriage (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Too Much Too Young (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Little Bitch (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. You're Wondering Now (2002 Digital Remaster)The Specials 2:360.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

BBC Review

To understand the impact of this spearhead of the ska revival on early Thatcherite Britain you have to imagine something so left field and yet so apt occurring today. It was as if depression-era dustbowl ballads suddenly became hip again in this era of global economic meltdown. Hardly anyone would have predicted that a musical form so tied to its Afro-Carribean heritage (as well as its less cool skinhead connections) could, almost overnight, become the trendiest thing across the nation.

What's more, The Specials' combination of pre-reggae sounds with punk attitude was also a decidely non-Londoncentric movement. Two Tone (as it quickly came to be known, named for the band's label) was born on the streets of the West Midlands. And even though it also gave rise to the Camden nutty boys, Madness, it was bands like the Beat and Selector who had really seen the effects of mass unemployment and civil unrest on their neighbourhoods.

This amalgamation of styles was clear from the band's personnel: guitarist Roddy Radiation had been a big punk name around Coventry, guest trombonist Rico had played on some of the original bluebeat numbers they adopted, while Terry Hall had been a bored youngster, filling in his time behind the singles counter of the local Virgin record store. This was all put together under the gap-tooth gaze of vicar's son and organist Jerry Damners. Growing up in multi-racial Coventry had taught him as much about skinhead culture as rock 'n' roll.

This first album was produced by another (then) angry young man, Elvis Costello who kept the rawness of their club heritage intact. It reflected their setlist of ska standards (Monkey Man, A Message To You Rudy, You're Wondering Now) with social commentary (Too Much Too Young, Nite Klub).

It was a classic example of a band making an almost perfect first album, acting as both a mission statement (the rise of right wing groups opposed by the message of Two Tone equality) and as an alternative way to have fun without having to pogo or spit. John Bradbury's rimshots propel the numbers and Hall's deadpan delivery accurately soundtracks the disaffection of a generation. The Specials remains a snapshot of a bleaker time, and a wrily comical antidote to political and cultural indifference anywhere. --Chris Jones

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THE SPECIALS Specials (2002 UK 16-track enhanced CD issue of the 1979 album including videos for Gangsters and Too Much Too Young picture sleeve)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 'must have' cd 2 Sep 2002
By K. Kay
Format:Audio CD
The vinyl version of this cd was the first record I ever bought and to this day it is still my fav record of all time. It is just fantastic. From start to finish this lp is brilliant. 'Do the dog' and 'concrete jungle' are particular favourates of mine. Its no wonder that this LP has been voted into the top 100 LP's of all times - its impact never lessons.
The only negative that I have always thought about this record (and this is a very minor point) is that this it has a long version of 'too much too young' which I find a bit slow - perhaps that's why they decided to release the live version of it in single format, which subsequently got to number one. However that is only a minor point and do not let that put you off buying this as it is still a great song.
To this this day I still find 'you're wondering now' makes me sad - maybe its because its the last song. Still this a good reason to press the repeat button as this soon cheers you up again. No
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING 4 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album without having heard anything other than Ghost Town and Too Much Too Young before. And it turned out to be be one of those rare records that you fall in love with on its first play, from start to finish. The sheer energy and enthusiasm of the record is astounding, every song is a masterpiece. I was only four years old when this was released, so I can't imagine how great it must have sounded back then. The lyrics get straight to the point, lines like "try wearing a cap, keep a generation gap" really get their message across. The only very minor criticism I have is that the version of Too Much Too Young goes on a bit too long, and its a tad slow. Overall though this record will quickly find its way into your Top 5 of all time. Stop reading reviews and just buy it now.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless 9 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album, or should I say LP when it first came out, it's an absolute masterpiece, never lived up to with any of their follow up albums, although they did do some good singles - if you like Ska, and you like a good dance, or listen, this is a fab LP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy this cd. 15 Sep 2000
By K. Kay
Format:Audio CD
The vinyl version of this cd was the first record I ever bought and to this day it is still my fav record of all time. It is just fantastic. From start to finish this lp is brilliant. 'Do the dog' and 'concrete jungle' are particular favourates of mine. Its no wonder that this LP has been voted into the top 100 LP's of all times - its impact never lessons.
The only negative that I have always thought about this record (and this is a very minor point) is that this it has a long version of 'too much too young' which I find a bit slow - perhaps that's why they decided to release the live version of it in single format, which subsequently got to number one. However that is only a minor point and do not let that put you off buying this as it is still a great song.
To this this day I still find 'you're wondering now' makes me sad - maybe its because its the last song. Still this a good reason to press the repeat button as this soon cheers you up again. Now where did I put that pork pie hat?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Special 24 Aug 2006
By Paul A
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite of the 2 Specials albums. 'More Specials' is quirkier, but this is equally fun and more up-tempo. I love to leap around to this record at every oportunity, (much to the annoyance of my neighbours). I could wiffle on about all of the profound lyrics and such and Terry Hall's deadpan style, but once you buy this record then you will find out for yourself. Suffice to say that this record is well worth getting for your collection. If you like that 2 tone sound, then it really doesn't get any better than this. And at this price it is a steal!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Richard
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If anyone owns 'The Best Of The Specials' (2008) then you might be thinking that that's enough for me. Well, think again! Because you'll be seriously missing out on the joy of discovering some other real gems, including: 'Do The Dog' and '(Dawning Of A) New Era' (it's the life affirming burst of energy that these two tracks provide), plus the intense build up to 'Too Hot' about Rude Boys carrying guns. Overall, a great album so "do the dog not the donkey" and order yourself a copy now!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Musical Re-Invention. Brilliant ! 25 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Specials album is and was without doubt, a fantastic album. Anyone with any appreciation for music whatsoever, should buy this. The beats are great, the lyrics are great, the tunes are great. A great shame so much of our modern music is so dull and spiritless compared to music like this. As much a breath of fresh air as it was all those years ago. Superb !!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad track on the album 24 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A classic album, still touring and sounding better than ever. Ska at its best, many have tried to emulate them but none have even come close.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars CD purchase
Classic tunes. Turned up nice and quick
Published 22 days ago by Martymartmart
4.0 out of 5 stars Specials
It must be the same as the old vinyl record! Nostalgic!!
Published 1 month ago by Ticktock
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Up to You
Bought this to replace the vinyl copy I got in 1980. It's the same but on cd - what more can I say?
Published 4 months ago by spatial
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
I bought this for my skin head fiancée who loves ska music and had lent his out and never got it back
Published 5 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever
Only 18 but the messages in the songs still apply, i must have listened to it about 17 times now
Published 7 months ago by Jasmine
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Jacket but faulty.
Had to order again as a 3 XL as I normally take a 2 XL which was far too small.
Jacket looks / feel fine but then opened the right hand pocket and the internal seam is not... Read more
Published 7 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1 Ska
SERIOUSLY there is only 28 reveiws for this album, that is outrageous! one complete cretin gave it 1 star ( what a complete pratt) This is by far the most generation defining... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark A. Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great CD. Even if you are new to the specials you will be amazed at the quality of songs on this CD. I am a fan of old and still love these albums.
Published 13 months ago by Spen
1.0 out of 5 stars This cd didn't play
I tried it on 3 CD players but it didn't play at all.
Rather disappointed as it was new not used.
Published 14 months ago by justine gerhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album, but no Ghost Town?
I think this album is good, I've enjoyed all the songs on there and I like The Specials, however it was very surprising to find it did not include Ghost Town, one of The Specials... Read more
Published 14 months ago by TheInkBlot
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