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The Specials (2002 Remaster)
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, October 27, 2017
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The beat that got a generation dancing and brought ska back into the public eye. Produced by Elvis Costello, then still a boy wonder himself, the album built on the sound of the Specials' first two singles, and gave the world its first extended look at Two Tone. Inspired writing and arranging (much of it down to founder Jerry Dammers) with Terry Hall as the laconic front man made for a perfect combination, the riddim of ska and the speed of punk. As a testament to its power, two decades haven't lessened its impact. --Chris Nickson
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This remastered reissue of the UK version is a real gem. I remember being envious of the few who could find the import version on vinyl (yeah, way back then before we had these new-fangled CD things). Now we can all get it on CD. Remastered, it sounds great, better than ever! Sure, it's missing "Gangsters," but you can find that on any number of compilations (I really think, though, they could have included "Gangsters" as a bonus track easily enough. They DO give you the video, but you can only watch it and listen to it on the computer).
And do yourself a favor: after you have danced yourself to exhaustion the first few times you listen to "Specials" (you will, trust me), be sure to pop the disk in at a quiet moment when you can just sit and listen without distractions. This is a very musical, very well done and polished piece of art. The lyrics are thoughtful, and often hysterical, and the band is just so, so tight. All the layers come together perfectly.
So, have you clicked the "buy" button yet? What? Well what are you waiting for? BUY IT!!!!
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