2LP 45rpm, 180g vinyl 2LP
Mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes.
The Specials' landmark, 14-track-strong debut album The Specials (UK No.4, 1979), produced by Elvis Costello, declared their intentions loud and clear with a rare blend of furious energy and no-nonsense, hard-hitting lyrics. In essence a studio recording of their live set, the album comprises mostly originals with a few covers of ska classics thrown in for good measure, including their fabulous take on Dandy Livingstone's A Message to You Rudy, an equally stellar version of the Maytals' Monkey Man, and a sizzling take on Prince Buster's Too Hot. Features: the vicious Nite Klub, with its unforgettable line, "All the girls are slags and the beer tastes just like piss"; Blank Expression, which extended the misery into unwelcoming pubs'; Concrete Jungle, capturing the fear and violence that stalked the inner cities; the personal It's Up To You, a message to those who disliked the group and its stance, and a rallying cry for supporters; Too Much Too Young, showing the Specials' disdain for teen pregnancy and marriage; It Doesn't Make It Alright, delivering a heartfelt plea against racism, and the rocksteady-esque yearning of You're Wondering Now.