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listen  1. GangstersThe Special AKA 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Message To You RudyThe Specials 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nite KlubThe Specials Featuring Rico 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Too Much Too Young (Live)The Special AKA 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Guns Of NavaroneThe Special AKA 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Skinhead Symphony (Medley)The Special AKA 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rat Race -The Specials-The Specials 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rude Boys Outa JailThe Specials 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. StereotypeThe Specials 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. International Jet SetThe Specials 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do NothingThe Specials Featuring Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Maggie's FarmThe Specials Featuring Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Braggin' And Tryin' Not To LieThe Specials 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rude Buoys Outa Jail (Version)Neville Staples AKA Judge Roughneck 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ghost TownThe Specials 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Why? (Edit)The Specials 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Friday Night, Saturday MorningThe Specials 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Concrete Jungle (Live)The Specials 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. RacquelThe Specials 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The BoilerRhoda with The Special AKA 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Boiler (Main Theme)Rhoda with The Special AKA 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jungle MusicRico & The Special AKA 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rasta Call YouRico & The Special AKA 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Easter IslandRico & The Special AKA 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same) (Edit)The Special AKA 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. VersionThe Special AKA 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Racist Friend (Edit)The Special AKA 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bright Lights (Edit)The Special AKA 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nelson Mandela (Edit)The Special AKA 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Break Down The DoorThe Special AKA 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. What I Like Most About You Is Your GirlfriendThe Special AKA 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Can't Get A Break (Edit)The Special AKA 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Nelson Mandela (Special 70th Birthday Remake; Feat. Ndonda Khuze And Jonas Gwangwa)The Special AKA Featuring Ndonda Khuze And Jonas Gwangwa 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ghost Dub 91The Specials 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Let Us UniteThe Specials 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Ghost Town (Extended Version)The Specials 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Why?The Specials 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same)The Special AKA 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Racist Friend (Instrumental)The Special AKA 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bright Lights (Instrumental)The Special AKA 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Nelson MandelaThe Special AKA 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Break Down The DoorThe Special AKA 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. What I Like Most About You Is Your GirlfriendThe Special AKA 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Can't Get A BreakThe Special AKA 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nelson Mandela (The Whole World Is Watching Dance Mix; Feat. Ndonda Khuze And Jonas Gwangwa)The Special AKA Featuring Ndonda Khuze And Jonas Gwangwa 8:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ghost Dub 91/Let Us Unite (Medley)The Specials 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00004WGYB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Excellent three CD compilation from the founders and leaders of the Two-Tone Ska movement of the late '70s and early '80s. Under the supervision of leader Jerry Dammers, the band were initially known as Special AKA, but soon changed their name to the user-friendly Specials and released a series of amazing singles and two albums before losing their three frontmen (Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding, who became Fun Boy Three) and changed their name back to Special AKA for a few singles and one more album before calling it quits. Features 46 tracks including the hits, 'Gangsters', 'Ghost Town', Rat Race', 'Racist Friend', 'Free Nelson Mandela' and 'What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend'. This three CD set, packaged in a thick double jewelcase, is a collection of the seven and twelve inch singles released by all incarnations of the band and includes many non-album tracks as well as remixes, live cuts and so much more. EMI,

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Fish on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Whether you're new to Ska or a seasoned fan of the Specials, this 3 CD set will be a welcome addition to your CD collection. Unlike so many "out of the vaults" boxed sets we're seeing nowadays, these CDs are not full of stuff that would have been better left forgotten. This is the best and the rarest music from the most important Ska band since the birth of British Ska in 1977.
Although there is music here that some fans may have never heard, there is plenty of very famous Specials music for everyone to enjoy. In the past, you would have had to collect all the Specials regular releases and quite a few songs only available on vinyl or hard to find compliation discs to get all this music. This collection brings all of it together on 3 discs that won't leave your CD player for months.
Do yourself a favor and get Stereo-Typical now!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By t on March 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
So if you are a fan of The Specials, you will most likely already have the bulk of the tracks included here - many of the songs appear multiple times with little difference between the versions, and the bonus tracks do little to capture the "sound" of the Specials.

In addition, only the first disc really addresses the "Specials" - discs 2 and 3 are mostly devoted to the "Special AKA" - a BIG difference for some folks.

Don't get me wrong, it really is a good set, especially if you don't already own their original releases, but based on the way the record company is trying to steal your money on this set ($50.00 for 3 discs of old material???), it's probably better - and possibly cheaper - just to find the original releases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Verity on June 3, 2008
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This is a collection of lesser-known 45-rpm singles, B-sides, items recorded by Specials contributors (such as the fantabulous trombonist Rico), and remixes. And a few true rarities. Most of these I happen to have on vinyl - an old old analog recording medium that was all the rage when The Specials first burst onto and, with help from fellow Two-Tone bands and others, thoroughly remade and re-energized the ska scene! - but I got this digitized collection because 1) it's good to have the music in MP3; 2) it's good to pay for and to not bootleg this kind of thing off the Net; and 3) there are several items here that I had not heard or heard of ever before.

Of particular interest, here, is the cut Nelson Mandela - recorded when that freedom fighter was stuck in jail on an island, pretty much unknown to much of the world. This song was instrumental in awakening interest in his plight. The three songs by Rico stand out, too - his sweet, languorous playing is transporting, a quick and cheap trip to tropical climes. The perfect embodiment of laid-back. Finally, The Specials do a sly take on Dylan's Maggie's Farm, recorded at the height of unemployment in M. Thatcher's U.K. (Indeed, today's young Specials fans might miss understanding that this band was one of the most political around, and that much of its thrust was aimed at the heart of the racism and serious economic collapse that was gripping the UK's working class in the 1970s and 1980s. The big challenging question The Specials raised - in their lyrics and music and their very existence as a band - was, "Why are whites and blacks at each other throats when in fact, they have so much in common in the struggle against capitalism and Thatcherism, aka Reaganism/Bushism?")

I only wish Amazon supplied the liner notes with its MP3s, for this disk set's might be, well, quite special.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on September 4, 2003
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A superb compilation of the A & B sides from every single released by the Specials, STEREO-TYPICAL is a a great collection for anyone who loved the band, Ska, or the semi-underground club scene in which both flourished during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Beyond making black & white both a fashion statement and a social comment, Ska, much more than Punk, was able to crack radio playlists on both sides of the Atlantic, allowing in a breath of fresh air after years of increasingly stale corporate Rock and Pop. It seemed fresh and new, yet had its roots in R&B and traditional reggae. On the dance floor Ska was hip with roots, if you follow me.
The Specials were witty, fun, fashionable, bright, had a great horn section, brains and a social conscience. Within the genre they couldn't be touched, and they sound as great now as they did in their glory days.
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