The Best Of The Specials

April 1, 2008 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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  • Original Release Date: March 31, 2008
  • Release Date: March 31, 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:20:32
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  • ASIN: B0015PZK7M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,363 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of the best Ska bands ever.
Rich Edwards
I was a very, very lucky boy on October 22, 1981, I attended a concert at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia, PA.
J. H. Mccarthy
Yes the specials were at it again on this one !
D. Davis

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Winthrop T. Harrison on August 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This CD captures all of the highlights to the real Specials career, and I cannot reccommend it highly enough. I am certainly not a fan of the many spin-off bands from the British Ska movement, but I will always have respect for the origin. Which would be this lot - the movement began with them, and for my money, ended with them as well. "Concrete Jungle" is an amazingly terse diary of the risk of wanting to go out on a Saturday night to have fun, but not wanting a broken bottle in your face on a dark street. Was it too much to ask in 1979 Coventry, UK? "Doesn't Make it Alright" is a (dare I say?) tender ballad for peace between black and white. A creepy rhythmic "Ghost Town" captures an England that has been robbed by the cruelty of the Margaret Thatcher era. The refrain "do you remember the good old days before the Ghost Town" speaks to us now, as those Americans old enough to know remember the pre-Reaganite/George W Bush era. This is powerful lasting stuff. When the lyric warns "...the people getting angry" - it all seems very 2009, and very unfolding in August of this year. So, the music has stood up to the times.

This CD also has a razor-sharp superior version of "Too Much Too Young." To my ears, the studio version dragged noticeably, but the live version will lift you. Highlights abound - "Ghost Town", "Why", "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" & "Gangsters" were not available on the original records, but they are certainly available here. They are all wonderful.

The Specials did not last long - and while singer Terry Hall disembarked to form the Fun Boy 3, keyboardist Jerry Dammers started the Special AKA, which while thoroughly glum and un-ska-like, recorded some incredible songs. "Nelson Mandela" calls for Mandela to be freed - 7 years later it happened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Mccarthy on June 6, 2012
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I was a very, very lucky boy on October 22, 1981, I attended a concert at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia, PA. The line-up was, either THE DRIFTERS or THE COASTERS (accounts vary, and I can't remember...), OINGO-BOINGO (also quite forgettable), THE GO-GO'S (very, very rough and barely together), THE SPECIALS, and the headliners, THE POLICE (so-so, with a ill-advised horn section). Why was I lucky? I SAW THE SPECIALS! On either their penultimate, or last live date (accounts vary again) of the original group. EVER. And it was one of the top 10 concert experiences of my life. With a horn section and Rhoda Dakar (and yes, they did "The Boiler") all their wonderful repertoire was performed brilliantly. As the sun set behind the open air stage while the strains of their last encore, "Ghost Town" (of course) drifted through the late summer evening, anything else was bound to be anti-climatic (and was)! The planets were aligned that night in my favour for sure. I relate this tale not just for my own memory-laden enjoyment, but to exemplify and share my love for this great band. A great starter for the novice, and a great replacement for the fan whose collection was lost somewhere in transit, "The Best Of THE SPECIALS" is also a must for those with all previous CD iterations because of the wonderful DVD containing their 16 videos in excellent quality. In fact, the DVD proves that older videos, even those filmed on videotape, can be cleaned-up or restored, and puts to shame most similar collections by their contemporaries. Beginning with the Two-Tone manifesto, "Gangsters", the first seven are by the classic SPECIALS line-up.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Davis on March 29, 2010
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Yes the specials were at it again on this one ! Thanx for the cd and dvd. Both were in perfect condition and show a very positive msg. to be continued today by all means !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pastin on February 28, 2010
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There have been so many rip off and lousy collections of Specials greats that you are almost
afraid to try again. But this one is the real deal, the definitive versions of the songs you
will never forget. The depth of Specials catalogue is amazing for the short time they functioned
as a band. For example, few US listeners are familiar with "What I Like Most About You (Is Your
Girlfriend)" but it is so solid and funny that you just can't forget it once you give it a listen.
These songs will be part of cherished music forever - and you can dance to everyone of them. Could it
be better?
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