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Protest Songs 1924 – 2012

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In the middle of the punk tsunami, late-70s England was experiencing a healthy ska revival led by in part Madness and above all by the Specials. This multiracial gang from Coventry, led by Jerry Dammers, brought the syncopated rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and its offshoot, ska, back to life. Pork pie hats, fitted black suits, checkered patterns: in the grey depths of Thatcherism, you needed the right outfit, the better to appreciate singles like A Message to You Rudy (a cover of the Dandy Livingstone number), Too Much Too Young and Gangster, and their two albums, Specials (1979) and More Specials (1980). Under the name Special Aka, they released the equally essential In the Studio With in 1984, which was topped off by the hit single (Free) Nelson Mandela... In 2019, the Specials got back together. Some were a little sceptical, as Dammers, who wrote their greatest hits, and Neville Staple were missing from the new line-up. But Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter all pulled it off in the end, with a ska sound that flirted with soul and even vintage disco on the album Yet. And above all, these new Specials for the new millennium are still making commentary on their social and political environment, just like in the old days. And there is plenty of both the political and the social in their well-named Protest Songs 1924–2012, a fine collection of covers ranging from blues to rock, folk, soul and reggae. These are political songs, mostly from the States, by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, the Staple Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Bob Marley, Chip Taylor, Malvina Reynolds and even Frank Zappa. The trio opts here for an essentially acoustic sound, leaning on a folk'n'soul tradition that highlights lyrics and vocals. And while a touch more madness might have given the whole thing a bit more musical punch, these protest songs nevertheless retain all their historical force. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Freedom Highway
00:03:24

Roebuck Staples, ComposerLyricist - George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Piano, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Hu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Everybody Knows
00:05:23

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Piano, Melodica, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sharon Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Hu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
I Don't Mind Failing In This World
00:04:40

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Glockenspiel, Harp, Harmonium, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malvina Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Black, Brown And White
00:02:57

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Big Bill Broonzy, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around
00:03:46

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Organ, Vocals, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Fender Bass, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, Vocals, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Fuck All The Perfect People
00:04:05

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Wesley Voight, ComposerLyricist - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
My Next Door Neighbor
00:02:33

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Jerry McCain, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Trouble Every Day
00:05:04

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Zappa, ComposerLyricist - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Listening Wind
00:04:05

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Vocals, Dulcimer, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael 'Bammi' Rose, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, ComposerLyricist - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Byrne, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pablo Mendelssohn, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Jim Hunt, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Hu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony ‘Groco’ Uter, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
I Live In A City
00:02:20

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malvina Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Hu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
00:02:51

Rod McKuen, ComposerLyricist - George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Accordion, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer, Hofner Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Get Up, Stand Up
00:04:07

George Murphy, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Cenzo Townshend, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Tosh, ComposerLyricist - Terry Hall, Producer - Lynval Golding, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Panter, Producer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Sellens, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Camden Clerk, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liam Larkin, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
The Lunatics (Live at Coventry Cathedral, July 2019)
00:04:01

Roebuck Staples, ComposerLyricist - Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
We Sell Hope (Live at Coventry Cathedral, July 2019)
00:05:40

Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tim Debney, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Hall, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pablo Mendelssohn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Smart, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynval Golding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Horace Panter, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Specials, MainArtist - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenrick Rowe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marcos Ferrari, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

In the middle of the punk tsunami, late-70s England was experiencing a healthy ska revival led by in part Madness and above all by the Specials. This multiracial gang from Coventry, led by Jerry Dammers, brought the syncopated rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and its offshoot, ska, back to life. Pork pie hats, fitted black suits, checkered patterns: in the grey depths of Thatcherism, you needed the right outfit, the better to appreciate singles like A Message to You Rudy (a cover of the Dandy Livingstone number), Too Much Too Young and Gangster, and their two albums, Specials (1979) and More Specials (1980). Under the name Special Aka, they released the equally essential In the Studio With in 1984, which was topped off by the hit single (Free) Nelson Mandela... In 2019, the Specials got back together. Some were a little sceptical, as Dammers, who wrote their greatest hits, and Neville Staple were missing from the new line-up. But Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter all pulled it off in the end, with a ska sound that flirted with soul and even vintage disco on the album Yet. And above all, these new Specials for the new millennium are still making commentary on their social and political environment, just like in the old days. And there is plenty of both the political and the social in their well-named Protest Songs 1924–2012, a fine collection of covers ranging from blues to rock, folk, soul and reggae. These are political songs, mostly from the States, by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, the Staple Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Bob Marley, Chip Taylor, Malvina Reynolds and even Frank Zappa. The trio opts here for an essentially acoustic sound, leaning on a folk'n'soul tradition that highlights lyrics and vocals. And while a touch more madness might have given the whole thing a bit more musical punch, these protest songs nevertheless retain all their historical force. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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