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If you are a Specials/Terry Hall (the original vocalist) fan, AT LEAST try to listen to this garbage before you purchase it. Check the iTunes Music Store for audio previews. If you still enjoy the listless, aimless, downright shabby knock-offs of the original recordings, THEN buy it. This is NOT a case of "Well, I'd like to check this band out, so I'll get the greatest hits as a primer."
NO. Buy the first 'Specials' album with your money.
VERDICT: Unnacceptable treatment of the Specials fanbase
SENTENCE: Neville Staple, responsible for this misstep, must be PELTED with THIS CD whenever sighted in public
I'm not qualified to comment on any of the Fun Boy Three material here, as I never really listened to them. As a fan of ska music these songs were forgettable to me. I will say that The Specials songs redone here are OK, but the original recordings were much better. Since Neville is the only original member of the band on the album these songs just don't really sound like The Specials. They sound like generic ska music, what more can I say? A few songs manage to stand out on their own merits though. I liked Man at C&A, Leave it Out, and It's You. You're still better off with the originals but these aren't bad.
I also need to warn you, there are two remixs at the end of this album, one of Ghost Town, and one of Our Lips are Sealed. They're both techno. It was really the most revolting thing I'd ever listened to in my life. I actually like techno sometimes, but yeesh. For some guy to do a techno remix of Ghost Town is just blasphemous. Both of these are horrible
My verdict is that you shouldn't buy this album if you're looking for anything by the Specials or Fun Boy Three. You will find niether here. If you're just getting into ska music and The Specials then this is not the album for you. If you want to listen to the Specials find a compillation of their original recordings or buy their first album.
I give this album one star for each of the three songs I liked, then I will deduct a star for the horrible techno remixes at the end of the album, resulting in a final score of two stars.