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Live At The Moonlight Club

    This gig was said to have been secretly recorded by Decca Records who had an office next door to the famous Moonlight Club in Hampstead, London and then somehow made its way into the hands of the bootleggers. More recently Horace Panter in his excellent account of his time with the Specials, Ska'd for Life, has stated that although the entire set was recorded the track Longshot Kick The Bucket, which had been recently added to the bands set list, was scheduled to appear on a live Moonlight Club compilation but for whatever reason the planned album failed to materialise. Whatever its origins there is no doubting that it captures the band in top form and is a great example of a sound that was to quickly take the nation by storm.

    The Specials

    Ghost Town - 40th Anniversary Half Speed Master

      THE SPECIALS are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles.

      Having had seven top 10 singles and two Gold albums over the course of two years, the band released Jerry Dammers’ Ghost Town in June 1981, backed by Lynval Goldings’ Why? and the Terry Hall penned Friday Night Saturday Morning. The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today.

      The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all.

      This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: There's no denying that 'Ghost Town' is one of the most well known singles from one of the greatest Ska bands of all time, and what better way to hear it than on this brand new half-speed mastered definitive pressing? Essential purchase.

      TRACK LISTING

      7" TRACK LISTING
      Side A
      1. Ghost Town (Single Version)
      Side B
      1. Why? (Edit)
      2. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

      12" TRACK LISTING
      Side A
      1. Ghost Town (Extended Version)
      2. Why? (Extended Version)
      Side B
      1. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

      Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ

      Saturday Specials: The CLIPZ Remixes Vol. 3

      “Saturday Specials” sees the legendary Bristol drum & bass don Clipz remixing Everything Is Recorded’s acclaimed second album “Friday Forever” in its entirety. Clipz’s first album length project, split here across three volumes; and at first a strange but ultimately rewarding hybrid of the two artists’ involved styles. This third and final set of club ready remakes features the talents of Everything Is Recorded collaborators Infinite Coles & Berwyn.

      Swerving between adderol-fuelled, agro-jungle and smoother-edged, mainroom rollers, it's another perfectly curated and classy display of everyone involved's unique take on modern dnb. Winner!



      TRACK LISTING

      1. Walk Alone - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Infinite Coles, Berwyn
      2. Dream I Never Had - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ
      3. The Night - Everything Is Recorded & CLIPZ Feat. Berwyn

      The Specials

      More Specials - 40th Anniversary Half-Speed Master Edition

        The second album from The Specials, originally released 1980, moved away slightly from the frenetic ska infused energy of their debut, exploring more varied musical styles. Lyrically it paints a bleaky realistic picture of Britain at the time. 40 years on, it still stand up as one of the best albums of the era.

        This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes.

        For this edition, the album has been split across 2x 12” vinyl running at 45rpm for optimum audio quality.

        Also include is a bonus 7” single, also cut at half-speed, which originally came with the initial run of the album in 1980.

        Last year The Specials celebrated a UK Number One with a new album, ‘Encore’ and concluded a 40th Anniversary World Tour. 


        TRACK LISTING

        Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
        Man At C & A
        Hey, Little Rich Girl
        Do Nothing
        Pearl's Cafe
        Sock It To 'Em J.B.
        Stereotypes / Stereotypes Pt.2
        Holiday Fortnight
        I Can't Stand It
        International Jet Set
        Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)

        7"
        Braggin' & Tryin' Not To Lie
        Rude Boys Outa Jail [Version] 

        The Specials

        Dubs

          Exclusive 10" vinyl for RSD.This is a new half-speed master and part of the Two Tone Records 40th Anniversary celebrations.

          Containing dub mixes of three classic Specials tracks that were recorded at the time but remain unreleased.

          TRACK LISTING

          Gangsters (clangsters Dub / Half-speed Master)
          Too Much Too Young (piano Instrumental / Half-speed Master)
          Why? (dub / Half-speed Master)

          The Star Beams

          Play Disco Specials

            Play Disco Specials’ was produced by Ray Nkwe who also worked with Mankunku Quartet and The Soul Jazzmen, with all writing credits on the album going to Ray, the recording credited to engineer Robin Ritchie and the artwork to Carol Knowles.

            The Star Beams album is a bit of an enigma. When we first came across their epic dance-floor monster ‘Disco Stomp’ it was on a Disco Calypso compilation, so we assumed it originated from the Caribbean. Years later we worked out how wrong we were and that this nugget was actually from South Africa and taken off an ultra scarce album on JAS Pride records from 1976. The next problem was tracking down an original copy and we don’t think we’ve ever seen our Bongo team member Gary Johnson as happy as the day he turned up clutching a copy under his arm.

            Aside from the disco-jazz-funk of ‘Disco Stomp’, which has found it’s way into the DJ sets of Theo Parrish, ‘Play Disco Specials’ will appeal to fans of The Star Beams South African contemporaries The Drive, Batsumi and Pacific Express.

            TRACK LISTING

            We Did It
            Disco Stomp
            Barney’s Moaning
            G.G. Is Talking

            The Specials, one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time, release “Encore”, their first new music for 37 years.

            2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, and also marks 10 years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory.

            The 10-song “Encore” was produced by Specials founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter alongside Danish musician/producer Torp Larsen and indeed is the first time Hall, Golding & Panter have recorded new material together since the band’s 1981 No.1 single Ghost Town.



            TRACK LISTING

            CD1
            Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
            B.L.M.
            Vote For Me
            The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
            Breaking Point
            Blam Blam Fever
            The Ten Commandments
            Embarrassed By You
            The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression
            We Sell Hope

            CD2
            The Best Of The Specials Live – Tracklisting TBC

            LP Tracklisting
            Side One
            Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
            B.L.M.
            Vote For Me
            The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
            Breaking Point

            Side Two
            Blam Blam Fever
            The Ten Commandments
            Embarrassed By You
            The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression
            We Sell Hope

            The Specials

            The Best Of The Specials

              The Specials are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. Originally formed in 1977, as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady, mixed with the energy of punk they launched a whole Ska Revival. They also helped fellow likeminded bands such as Madness, The Beat, The Selecter to release their first singles. The Specials released ‘Gangsters’ as their first single in the summer of ’79, quickly releasing the classic singles A Message To You Rudy, Do Nothing and Rat Race. They released their debut album ‘Specials’ in 1979, followed by ‘More Specials’ in 1980. During this time, the band has two UK Number One singles, a live version of ‘Too Much Too Young’ from ‘The Special AKA Live EP’ and the unforgettable ‘Ghost Town’ in the summer of 1981. Jerry Dammers continued as The Special AKA following the departure of band members in late 1981, releasing their third album ‘In The Studio’ which included the iconic single ‘Nelson Mandela’. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Along with Madness, The Selecter and The Beat, The Specials were at the forefront of the ska revival which injected a much needed energy into the bleakness of the late 70s / early 80s. They wrote about growing up in a city with all that entailed at the time. Listening to this compilation some 30-odd years on, and the songs still stand up, both musically and lyrically: much of the subject matter is as relevant now is it was back then.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side 1
              1 Gangsters
              2 A Message To You Rudy
              3 Nite Klub (Album Version)
              4 Concrete Jungle
              5 Too Much Too Young

              Side 2
              1 Blank Expression
              2 Doesn't Make It Alright
              3 Rude Bouys Outa Jail
              4 Rat Race
              5 Man At C&A

              Side 3
              1 Do Nothing (Single Version)
              2 Stereotypes
              3 International Jet Set (Album Version)
              4 Friday Night, Saturday Morning
              5 Why?

              Side 4
              1 Ghost Town (Full Version)
              2 What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (Album Version)
              3 Racist Friend (Single Version)
              4 War Crimes (Single Version)
              5 Nelson Mandela (Album Version)

              The Specials

              The Specials (2CD Special Edition)

                Special Edition 2CD sets of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever, The Specials.

                These reissues have been approved by founding member Jerry Dammers and include previously unreleased concert audio, non-album singles, EPs and B-sides, as well as extensive new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos.

                The Special AKA

                In The Studio (2CD Special Edition)

                  Special Edition 2CD sets of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever, The Specials.

                  These reissues have been approved by founding member Jerry Dammers and include previously unreleased concert audio, non-album singles, EPs and B-sides, as well as extensive new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos.

                  The Specials

                  Live At The Moonlight Club

                    Another 180g heavyweight vinyl reissue from The Specials – a live set recorded in 1979 at the Moonlight Club in Hampstead (the sleeve features a brand new cover image from the band).

                    The Specials

                    More Specials

                      The Specials were formed in Coventry in 1977. True innovators, the band began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude.

                      The band’s second album ‘More Specials’ (UK No.5, 1980) was a change in musical direction to their debut. Less frenzied and hard-hitting, it was more musically adventurous and varied, bleaker lyrics reflecting British life at the time.

                      This album has been digitally remastered from the original analogue stereo masters and the new vinyl cuts have been made using those new masters. Careful comparison was made to the first pressed copies of the original albums throughout the process to maintain the sound as the band had originally envisaged.

                      The album features a classic cover of Carl Sigman and Conrad Magidson's 1940s chestnut ‘Enjoy Yourself’ and a brooding version of the same song featuring the Go-Go's.

                      Includes: the rhythm & blues / 60s soul-style instrumental ‘Sock It to 'Em JB’ and the Mexican-flavoured ‘Holiday Fortnight’; the intriguing ‘International Jet Set’; the apocalyptic ‘Man at C&A’; the mournful, spaghetti western feel of ‘Stereotypes’; the emotional despair of ‘Do Nothing’ and the bright and breezy ‘Hey, Little Rich Girl’ (with fabulous sax solos from Madness' Lee Thompson).

                      The immortal line from ‘Pearl's Cafe’ by Terry Hall and Bodysnatchers' Rhoda Dakar, sums up their own, and the country's frustration - ‘It's all a load of bollocks, and bollocks to it all’.

                      The Specials

                      Sock It To 'Em / Rat Race

                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                        Limited to 1000 copies.


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