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The Specials began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.


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".

The Specials - The Specials (40th Anniversary Edition)

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  • 1. A Message To You Rudy

    2. Do The Dog

    3. It's Up To You

    4. Nite Klub

    5. Doesn't Make It Alright

    6. Concrete Jungle

    7. Too Hot

    8. Monkey Man

    9. (Dawning Of A) New Era

    10. Blank Expression

    11. Stupid Marriage

    12. Too Much Too Young

    13. Little Bitch

    14. You're Wondering Now

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