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Best of the Specials (With DVD)

Chrysalis 203982.2

Released on January 25, 2019


The Specials are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. Originally formed in 1977, as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady, mixed with the energy of punk they launched a whole Ska Revival. They also helped fellow likeminded bands such as Madness, The Beat, The Selecter to release their first singles. The Specials released ‘Gangsters’ as their first single in the summer of ’79, quickly releasing the classic singles A Message To You Rudy, Do Nothing and Rat Race. They released their debut album ‘Specials’ in 1979, followed by ‘More Specials’ in 1980. During this time, the band has two UK Number One singles, a live version of ‘Too Much Too Young’ from ‘The Special AKA Live EP’ and the unforgettable ‘Ghost Town’ in the summer of 1981. Jerry Dammers continued as The Special AKA following the departure of band members in late 1981, releasing their third album ‘In The Studio’ which included the iconic single ‘Nelson Mandela’. This 20 track compilation collects all their key singles and album tracks, along with a DVD compilation of their promo video clip.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Gangsters - Special Aka, the [Disc 1]  0%
2 A Message to You Rudy - Specials, the / Rico  0%
3 Nite Klub - Specials, the  0%
4 Concrete Jungle - Specials, the  0%
5 Too Much Too Young - Special Aka, the  0%
6 Blank Expression - Specials, the  0%
7 Doesn't Make It Alright - Specials, the  0%
8 Rude Boys Outta Jail - Specials, the  0%
9 Rat Race - Specials, the  0%
10 Man at C & a - Specials, the  0%
11 Do Nothing - Specials, the / Rico  0%
12 Stereotype / Stereotype [Part 2] - Specials, the  0%
13 International Jet Set - Specials, the  0%
14 Friday Night, Saturday Morning - Specials, the  0%
15 Why? (Edit) - Specials, the  0%
16 Ghost Town (Full Version) - Specials, the  0%
17 What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend - Special Aka, the  0%
18 Racist Friend - Special Aka, the  0%
19 Gangsters - Special Aka, the [Disc 2]  0%
20 A Message to You Rudy - Specials, the / Rico  0%
21 Too Much Too Young - Special Aka, the  0%
22 Rat Race - Specials, the  0%
23 Do Nothing - Specials, the  0%
24 Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) - Specials, the  0%
25 Ghost Town - Specials, the  0%
26 Bright Lights - Special Aka, the  0%
27 Lonely Crowd - Special Aka, the  0%
28 House Bound - Special Aka, the  0%
29 Alcohol - Special Aka, the  0%
30 Racist Friend - Special Aka, the  0%
31 War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same) - Special Aka, the  0%
32 Nelson Mandela - Special Aka, the  0%
33 Break Down the Door - Special Aka, the  0%
34 What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend - Special Aka, the  0%
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