Originally formed in 1977 as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which helped fellow like-minded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles. The Specials first single, ‘Gangsters’, was released in May 1979 with independent distribution by Rough Trade and the initial pressing of just 5,000 records sold out. The band and label soon signed with Chrysalis Records who picked up on the release of ‘Gangsters.’ The next single, ‘A Message To You Rudy’, followed in September with their first album released soon after in October.
This 40th Anniversary Edition of their debut album ‘Specials’ has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes. This edition has been split across 2x 12” vinyl at 45rpm for optimum audio quality. The Specials recently celebrated a UK Number One with their new album ‘Encore’ and are currently on a 40th Anniversary World Tour.
A1A Message To You Rudy A2Do The Dog A3It's Up To You A4Nite Klub
B1Doesn't Make It Alright B2Concrete Jungle B3Too Hot
C1Monkey Man C2(Dawning Of A) New Era C3Blank Expression C4Stupid Marriage
D1Too Much Too Young D2Little Bitch D3You're Wondering Now
Bass – Horace Drums – Brad Guitar – Lynval, Roddy Horns – Dick Cuthell, Rico Rodriguez Organ – Jerry Producer – Elvis Costello Vocals – Neville, Terry
Comes with information obi and poly lined, plain black inner sleeves.
40th Anniversary edition Mastered at Abbey Road Studios Double 45rpm 180g Half-Speed Master Edition 2 Tone Records