The Special A.K.A.* Vs. The Selecter ‎– Gangsters / The Selecter

Label:
Two-Tone Records ‎– TT1, Two-Tone Records ‎– TT2
Format:
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
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Ska

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A The Special A.K.A.* Gangsters
B The Selecter The Selecter
Producer – R. Lomas*Written-By – Bradbury*, Davies*

Notes

This is the initial Rough Trade distributed issue. These issues came with a plain white sleeve stamped by the band themselves with the words THE SPECIAL A.K.A 'Gangsters' Vs THE SELECTER. This stamped sleeve was limited to 5000 copies.
The subsequent issues came in the standard 2-Tone sleeve: Gangsters / The Selecter

Due to a mix up in the pressing plant some copies where pressed with Gangsters labels on both sides and some with The Selector both sides

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6172 682 The Specials / The Selecter The Specials / The Selecter - Gangsters / The Selecter(7", Single) Chrysalis 6172 682 France 1979 Sell This Version
CHS 2374, CHS-2374 The Specials Gangsters(7", Single, Promo) Chrysalis, Chrysalis CHS 2374, CHS-2374 US 1979 Sell This Version
100 879 The Specials / The Selecter The Specials / The Selecter - Gangsters / The Selecter(7", Single) Chrysalis 100 879 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
6155 262 The Specials / The Selecter The Specials / The Selecter - Gangsters / The Selecter(7", Single) Chrysalis 6155 262 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
6172 682 The Specials / The Selecter The Specials / The Selecter - Gangsters / The Selecter(7", Single) Chrysalis 6172 682 France 1979 Sell This Version

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nhare

nhare

August 13, 2016
I have a TT1/TT2 The Special AKA copy that I bought on release. It looks black but is in fact is a deep red colour vinyl when you hold it up to the light. Anyone else got this?
djcolind

djcolind

June 15, 2016
the original does not fade out whereas the chrysalis re-press does.
teleinvasione

teleinvasione

February 19, 2016
edited 6 months ago
I have this copy, and on the vinyl (TT1, TT2 - 4) and it's written "A porky prime cut!" on it. Funny!
Anyone knows a little bit more?
kimth500

kimth500

January 9, 2016
Original version was recorded at Horizon Studios, Coventry and was produced by the Specials. Engineer: Kim Templeman-Holmes
mikederudie

mikederudie

June 5, 2015

I visited the Two Tone Museum in Coventry recently, and they have Neol Davies' copy and he hand stamped his as The Selecter vs. The Special AKA Gangsters, a unique one off copy! Anyhow, the Museum's well worth a visit for all Two Tone fans and all old Rude Boys and Rude Girls. As for Gangsters, well what a fitting tune to launch a record label and the whole Two Tone movement, brilliant.
samAndo

samAndo

July 16, 2012
Is there any way to distinguish this from the repress apart from the handstamped sleeve?