februari 28, 2016

The Specials - More Specials (1980) - Lp

The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry.

Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups.

More Specials is the second album by ska band The Specials, released in October 1980.

The album expanded the 2 tone sound of their self-titled debut to include lounge music and other influences.
It featured collaborations with The Go-Go's members Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, and Jane Wiedlin; Rhoda Dakar from The Bodysnatchers; and Lee Thompson from Madness. The lyrics, like the previous album, were often intensely political.

On the charts, the album hit the Top Five in the UK, where "Rat Race", "Stereotype" and "Do Nothing" hit the Top Ten.

More Specials was a hit in the two-tone movement, a late-1970s revival of Jamaican ska from the 1960s.
Along with bands like the Bodysnatchers and Madness,

The Specials were leaders in this revival, and later heroes for two further ska-punk revivals on the opposite side of the Atlantic: the late 1980s Southern California scene (NOFX, Operation Ivy) and the mid-1990s "third wave of ska" (Sublime, No Doubt) which popularised the mixture in the US.
The album was Recorded at Horizon Studios, Coventry. Mixed at Wessex Studios, London.

Side A
A1.  Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)  (3:39)
A2.  Man At C & A   (3:36)
A3.  Hey, Little Rich Girl  (3:35)
A4.  Do Nothing   (3:43)
A5.  Pearl's Café   (3:07)
A6.  Sock It To 'Em J.B.  (2:56)

Side B
B1.  Stereotypes  (3:16)
B2.  Stereotypes Pt 2  (7:24)
B3.  Holiday Fortnight   (2:45)
B4.  I Can't Stand It  (4:01)
B5.  International Jet Set  (5:37)
B6.  Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)  (1:46)

Vocals – Neville Staples, Terry Hall
Backing Vocals – Carlisle, Caffey, The Go-Go's, Wiedlin, Lynval Golding
Bass – Sir Horace Gentleman
Cornet – Dick Cuthell
Drums – John Bradbury
Engineer – Dave Jordan, Jeremy (The Blade) Allom
Flugelhorn – Dick Cuthell
Guitar – Lynval Golding, Roddy Radiation
Organ – Jerry Dammers
Percussion – Neville Staples
Piano – Jerry Dammers
Producer – Dave Jordan, Jerry Dammers
Trombone – Rico Rodrigues

Release: 1980
Genre:  2 Tone / Ska
Format:  LP
Label:  2 Tone / Chrysalis Records
Catalog# 202848

Vinyl:  Good
Cover:  Good


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