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In the midst of a punk explosion in the late ‘70s, the UK experienced a ska revival led by Madness and, most notably, The Specials. Originally from Coventry, the multicultural gang originally led by Jerry Dammers is now reviving the syncopated rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and its derivative, ska. In the heart of a grey Thatcherian England, it seemed that their strict dress code (pork pie hats, black suits and chequered patterns) was mandatory to fully appreciate their singles A Message To You Rudy (a cover of Dandy Livingstone), Too Much Too Young or Gangsters, as well as their two albums, Specials in 1979 and More Specials in 1980. Going by the name of The Special AKA, they published the equally essential album In The Studio With in 1984, which topped the charts thanks to their hit song (Free) Nelson Mandela...

In the middle of Winter 2019, the Specials broke their (very) long silence with Encore. However, Jerry Dammers – the author of their greatest songs - and Neville Staple are no longer in the group! Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter are certainly present but for purists, wouldn’t The Specials without Jerry Dammers be like... The Rolling Stones without Keith Richards? With the help of guitarist Steve Cradock (from Ocean Colour Scene), drummer Kenrick Rowe and pianist Nikolaj Torp Larsen, these 2019 Specials look great. Their ska style crosses soul with vintage disco (with a beautiful cover of Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys by The Equals) and they certainly don’t forget to comment on the socio-political climate just as they did at the start. As a bonus, we find eleven live tracks (with all the hits from the golden era!), recorded in Paris at the Bataclan on November 30, 2014, and in London at the Troxy on November 16, 2016. A rather successful comeback. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
00:03:16

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Grant, ComposerLyricist - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
B.L.M
00:05:05

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Vote For Me
00:05:01

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
The Lunatics
00:03:34

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neville Eugenton Staples, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Breaking Point
00:03:55

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Blam Blam Fever
00:02:45

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Earl Grant, ComposerLyricist - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - V E Grant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
10 Commandments
00:03:52

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Saffiyah Khan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Embarrassed By You
00:03:04

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Adams, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)
00:05:26

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
We Sell Hope
00:04:33

George Murphy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oli Langford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Ellis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Outside Interest - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Gangsters (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:03:13

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod Byers, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Dammers, ComposerLyricist - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Neville Staples, ComposerLyricist - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Stephen Panter, ComposerLyricist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

2
A Message To You, Rudy (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:02:51

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Thompson, Composer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

3
Nite Klub (Live At The Troxy)
00:04:48

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rod Byers, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Dammers, ComposerLyricist - John Bradbury, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Terence Edward Hall, ComposerLyricist - Neville Staple, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Panter, ComposerLyricist - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

4
Friday Night, Saturday Morning (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:03:16

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

5
Stereotype (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:04:42

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Dammers, ComposerLyricist - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Windrush 3 LLP

6
Redemption Song (Live At The Troxy)
00:03:52

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Gary Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

7
Monkey Man (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:02:38

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

8
Too Much Too Young (Live At The Troxy)
00:02:04

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Dammers, ComposerLyricist - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

9
Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:03:32

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Sigman, ComposerLyricist - Herbert Magidson, ComposerLyricist - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

10
Ghost Town (Live At Le Bataclan)
00:05:40

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Dammers, ComposerLyricist - John Bradbury, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Laura Stanford, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

11
All The Time In The World (Live At The Troxy)
00:03:25

Hal David, ComposerLyricist - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Barry, ComposerLyricist - Gary Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Hall, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Jessica Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Craddock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Windrush 3 LLP

Album Description

In the midst of a punk explosion in the late ‘70s, the UK experienced a ska revival led by Madness and, most notably, The Specials. Originally from Coventry, the multicultural gang originally led by Jerry Dammers is now reviving the syncopated rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and its derivative, ska. In the heart of a grey Thatcherian England, it seemed that their strict dress code (pork pie hats, black suits and chequered patterns) was mandatory to fully appreciate their singles A Message To You Rudy (a cover of Dandy Livingstone), Too Much Too Young or Gangsters, as well as their two albums, Specials in 1979 and More Specials in 1980. Going by the name of The Special AKA, they published the equally essential album In The Studio With in 1984, which topped the charts thanks to their hit song (Free) Nelson Mandela...

In the middle of Winter 2019, the Specials broke their (very) long silence with Encore. However, Jerry Dammers – the author of their greatest songs - and Neville Staple are no longer in the group! Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter are certainly present but for purists, wouldn’t The Specials without Jerry Dammers be like... The Rolling Stones without Keith Richards? With the help of guitarist Steve Cradock (from Ocean Colour Scene), drummer Kenrick Rowe and pianist Nikolaj Torp Larsen, these 2019 Specials look great. Their ska style crosses soul with vintage disco (with a beautiful cover of Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys by The Equals) and they certainly don’t forget to comment on the socio-political climate just as they did at the start. As a bonus, we find eleven live tracks (with all the hits from the golden era!), recorded in Paris at the Bataclan on November 30, 2014, and in London at the Troxy on November 16, 2016. A rather successful comeback. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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