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More Specials is the second album by ska band The Specials, released in October 1980. The album expanded the 2 tone sound of their self-titled debut to include lounge music and other influences.

Disc: 1
1. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) [2014 - Remaster]
2. Man At C&A (2014 - Remaster)
3. Hey, Little Rich Girl (2014 - Remaster)
4. Do Nothing (2014 - Remaster)
5. Pearl's Cafe (2014 - Remaster)
6. Sock It To 'Em J.B. (2014 - Remaster)
7. Stereotypes/Stereotypes - Pt. 2 (2014 - Remaster)
8. Holiday Fortnight (2014 - Remaster)
9. I Can't Stand It (2014 - Remaster)
10. International Jet Set (2014 - Remaster)
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Disc: 2
1. Stereotype
2. International Jet Set

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 10, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00IMHBHIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lou on August 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
More Specials is definately not for every ska fan. In fact, this album is a mix match of so many different genres that I would not even call it a ska album. Whereas The Specials first album gets you up off your rear end and dancing this is a more contemplative album to really listen to. The album moves around from darker themes to the silly with an overriding feel of 60's kitsch. Another 2Tone classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Dowling on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Odd collection of tunes, more polished and varied than their first disc. Memorable and unique songs that stick with you. I've been listening to this stuff for 20 years and it doesn't grow old.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David A. Huntoon on March 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Specials second album was a stylistic deviation from the same old ska stomp. It has a distinctively slick, sometimes campy, sometimes schmaltzy feel. The songs emphasize studio qualities and social messages over danceability, and they achieve a uniquely hip retro sound. It is a peculiar album, and I was hooked the first time I heard it. I like it better than their first album because it is so different. The people who thought this was a let down just don't get it - this album went somewhere no band ever went before and probably never will again. You have to be pretty cool to "get it".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rahshad Black on July 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Specials second album, and final before imploding, is called "More Specials" and gives the listener more, alright... maybe a little too much to digest. Jerry Dammers seems to have gone a bit crazy in the studio, as he produced the album and added multiple layers of keyboard, organ, vibes, synthesiser, melodica and whatever else he had lying around. I also assume the 'muzak' feel of "International Jet Set" and the mechanical drums on "I Can't Stand It" and "Stereotypes Part 2" are his doing as well. The stylistic menu is varied, including reggae ("Do Nothing"), retro fifties rock ("Hey, Little Rich Girl", "Pearl's Cafe"), new-wave pop ("I Can't Stand It") and even mariachi ("Holiday Fortnight"). Terry Hall's vocals sound great, especially on the anti-war "Man At C&A" and "International Jet Set", where his monotone delevery almost acts as another instrument. The group vibe is diminished, as most people have their own 'feature' song, like Roddy's "Rat Race", Lynval's "Do Nothing" and Neville's vocal overkill on "Stereotypes Part 2" and drummer John Bradbury's James Bond tribute "Sock it to 'Em J.B.". The Go Go's are even brought in for backing vocals on the "Enjoy Yourself" reprise (Terry co-wrote their hit "Our Lips are Sealed" and later covered it with his band Fun Boy Three, which included him, Lynval and Neville). Overall, it is a genre-shifting soup, with rockers like "Rat Race" alongside the moody bossa-nova of "Stereotypes". This is not altogether a bad thing, but proved the band had little time left.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Minot on August 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with everybody else that the first Specials album was probably the greatest ska album ever--a fist-pumping pleasure from beginning to end. However, I cannot help but admire Jerry Dammers' artistic courage in refusing to repeat himself, and instead driving the band into new territory on this album. The result was a unique work--incorporating hard ska, dub, lounge singing, and muzak (!) influences into one really strange trip of a record.

Like the first record, it is a journey from beginning to end. But while the debut album was a studio recreation of a live gig, this is a dyspeptic trip into studio hell, opening with a lively cover of the standard "Enjoy Yourself", and ending in a sardonic port-mortem version of the same. In between the band meanders through all sorts of studio space, harsh and mellow, on their way to their ultimate demise, with the same biting lyrics (but darker here) and great playing that the band displayed on its debut.

It's fantasticly weird art-rock album, done by the world's best ska band. It's a terrific companion to the first record, and if the band pretty much dissolved afterward at least they finished playing their "A" game, in my opinion. If you wanted a repeat of the first record, well, small wonder that you're disappointed. But then, you would have been anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've had this record since 1982 and I still listen to it. While their untitled debut was a great ska defining record of its time More Specials is a classic with an incredible variation and vision of all times. Terribly unique and haunting (did someone say that?) this record embodies something which is truly hard to describe. I dig that! This is a true milliniem album and more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "77vqmous" on November 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
More Specials is the type of album that I just can't say bad things about. Compared to the music being forced down our throats these days, music that doesn't know where it's going or is too wimpy to say anything, More Specials is a bright spot in a better past. Listen to it, not comparing it to the Specials first, but with an ear for quality. There's a lot there.
"International Jet Set" has probably become my favorite track. I also prefer the LP version of "Do Nothing" to the singles version. At first I kind of thought a couple of the tracks were annoying, but listening to a song as a whole instead of in parts reveals it's true quality. An underrated album for sure.
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