Specials* ‎– Specials

Two-Tone Records ‎– CDL TT 5001, Two-Tone Records ‎– CDL TT5001
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 A Message To You Rudy
Written-By – R. Thompson*
A2 Do The Dog
Arranged By – J. Dammers*Written-By – R. Thomas*
A3 It's Up To You
Written-By – J. Dammers*, Specials*
A4 Nite Klub
Backing Vocals – Chrissie HyndeWritten-By – J. Dammers*, Specials*
A5 Doesn't Make It Alright
Written-By – B. Goldberg*, J. Dammers*, M. Harrison*
A6 Concrete Jungle
Written-By – R. Radiation*
A7 Too Hot
Written-By – C. Campbell*
B1 Monkey Man
Written-By – Hibbert*
B2 (Dawning Of A) New Era
Written-By – J. Dammers*
B3 Blank Expression
Written-By – J. Dammers*, Specials*
B4 Stupid Marriage
Written-By – J. Dammers*, M. Harrison*, N. Staple*
B5 Too Much Too Young
Written-By – J. Dammers*Written-By [Acknowledgment To] – L. Charmers*
B6 Little Bitch
Written-By – J. Dammers*
B7 You're Wondering Now
Written-By – Clement Seymour*

Companies, etc.



Issued in a front-laminated sleeve with "2 Tone Records" logo in bottom right corner.

℗ & © 1979 Chrysalis Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 1 ▽ E C 1 1 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 5 ▽ E C 1 2 2 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 2 ▽ E C 1 1 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 1 L TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 1 ▽ E C 1 2 4 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 1 L 1 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 1 ▽ E C 1 2 1 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 5 ▽ E C 1 2 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 1 ▽ E C 1 2 1 2 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 1 5 2 6 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 2 ▽ E C 1 1 1 1 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 1 1 1 5 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 2 ▽ E C 1 2 6 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 5 ▽ E C 1 5 1 0 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5001 A // 1 ▽ E C 12 5 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 1 41 1 0 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 9 Side 1 stamped / etched): CDL5004 A // 2 ▽ E C 11 15 TY-CBS
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 9 Side 2 stamped / etched): CDL5001 B // 6 ▽ E C 13 26 TY-CBS

Other Versions (5 of 119) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
499 4701 Specials* Specials(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records 499 4701 UK 1999 Sell This Version
CCD 5001, CDP 321265-2 The Specials Specials(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, Chrysalis CCD 5001, CDP 321265-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none The Specials Specials(CDr, Album, Promo, RE) EMI Music France none France 2002 Sell This Version
202 685 The Specials Specials(LP, Album, RE) Chrysalis 202 685 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
WWS-81288 The Specials Specials(LP, Album) Chrysalis WWS-81288 Japan 1979 Sell This Version


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December 12, 2018
This is a little off topic, but I purchased two White Label Promo LPs from Japan that I immediately had suspicions about after I received them. I had been duped! I collect Japanese pressings and I am picky about them having everything that was included with the original item, including the OBI, the insert and whatever else was released with the original Pressing. The seller, who claimed that the LPs were being shipped from Japan, actually shipped them from Poland. Basically I concluded that the seller, who was selling on MusicStack at the time was listing his company as being in Japan, had purchased the empty sleeves that even had the original OBI for the Japanese pressings along with the red 3 character sample striker on the back cover. They both had the insets with them as well. I think the seller removed the labels from the easier and cheaper to acquire EU pressings and printed the actual paper LP stickers. He probably had the LPs and copied the label from his own, then printed them out on sticky paper. This was in 2010 or so, but I finally got to looking at both of the LPs and discovered that the matrix was off with both of my alleged Japanese Promo issues and I finally realized that both LPs were indeed EU pressings, not Japanese pressings.

I’ve seen record label sheets for sale on eBay in the past as well, it’s not uncommon for these to be made as computer especially as graphics are much better now. What really got me to start looking at these was that the package arrived from a Japanese address with a “Care of ...... from Poland” on the box. That was my first clue something was wrong. So I’m guessing that he purchased the sleeves and used the same shipping box they were sent to him in from the Japanese seller, then replaced the labels with computer copies. I noticed they looked “off” as well. They where identical to what is pictured on the LPs on this site, but the printing wasn’t as sharp looking as it should have been. They where listed as NM in condition and either the vinyl was poor or he just purchased the sleeves.

What really ticked me off was I paid entirely too much for them. They sounded fine, but I was ripped off basically by a scam. It’s just unbelievable how much effort that some people will put into making a few extra dollars on this type of “bait and switch” scheme. So now I buy from reputable sources only and generally from the same Japanese sellers I’ve built a good relationship with as sellers of authentic Japanese issues.

Another thing you really have to watch are Test Pressings. I have a couple of them that are actually the real thing, but before buying these, make sure to ask for matrix photos and check them against the listings here, if it’s listed. A friend of mine purchased a Pink Floyd - The Wall “Test Pressing” that someone had done the same thing as I described above to a newer US repressed copy. He paid over $300 USD for this set in a plain white gatefold jacket and the seller had just removed the center labels and put white labels on the center of each LP! It’s actually really easy to just write “Test Pressing” on an LP with a sharpie and pass it off as something it’s actually not! This was purchased on eBay and the guy doing it had a rubber stamp made that said “TEST PRESSING” and Pink Floyd was written in sharpie on the label. He had printed a sticker for the outer cover that looked like a studio label that test pressings often use. Each track was listed as well as each side in a chart. It was a good Fake! It’s turned out this guy was passing off many desirable LP fakes as Test Pressings. I think he’s been banned from selling on eBay, but there are ways around that as well.

Just passing along some expensive experiences that both my friend and myself have encountered with something that most people wouldn’t even think about. It’s hard to screw with the matrix, and I guess these people who are looking to rip off collectors who aren’t that experienced with vinyl think that the buyer will never think to look up the matrix as it’s the true way to identify most pressings.



October 17, 2017
There is gonna be a reissue of this record

Release date: 27 October 2017


August 2, 2014
This LP is Unofficial, released 2009 (check the listings above)


August 14, 2012
Please help me!
I've this release, marked CDL TT 5001 but it is pressed on white vinyl.
I searched the net but couldn't find any info about this particular coloured vinyl.
Is it a fake? Is it a limited release?
Any info would be gladly welcomed.


May 7, 2009

I can't believe that I am the first person to review this quintesential,must have, ground-breaking LP!

Firstly, this Lp out-punked punk with its basic rawness and energy. For those of us who were a tad to young to get into the punk movement, up popped the Specials with thier debut ska influenced punk LP which basically blew every other band who were trying to get "there" completely out of the water. This LP really put people in thier places by saying, "If you want to make it, you've got to at least be able to play your instruments with some degree of decorum, and be able to hold a tune, but most importantly you've got to write decent lyrics to decent music, ala "The Clash". The Specials had mega-talent in abundance, they had Jerry Dammers Writing, and the manchester utd. supporting Coventry-lad Terry Hall singing(Nuff Said), plus the multi talents of Roddy Radiation, Neville Staples, Lynval Golding, Horace Panter and John Bradbury, which they used collectively to produce probably the best debut LP EVER to enter the world of music.
I've just been to see "The Specials" at the Brixton Acadamy (07/05/09) 30 years on from the release of thier debut LP entitled "The Specials", and I can honestly say that they are one of the best live bands that i've ever seen, they were as tight as a tourniquet, Terry Hall's still as dry as a funeral drum, they were VERY SPECIAL indeed. Listen to this LP and savour every moment, it don't get much better than this people, EVERY song a master-piece. Keep up the good work lads.