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, Stamped sleeve, solid centre
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Style:
Ska

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

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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

On this pressing, Gangsters fades out towards the end. The solid centre has a less pronounced, single dip; later pressings have double dips.

Some copies were pressed with Gangsters labels on both sides and some with The Selecter both sides

TT2: ⓅDesert Songs ATV

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout, etched): TT+1-3 OR GANGSTERS
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout, etched): TT2-1 E.G..

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sceptre1725

sceptre1725

May 31, 2018
i have a paper label copy with push out centre, TT1 side has in the run out written 2 Gangsters 5 TT2 side has TT2-1 cant find it listed can anyone help please thanks
Buster_Gut

Buster_Gut

December 1, 2017
I've just picked up a paper label version of this. A side Matrix is etched: CHS TT1/ [scratched out etching] A-1 NOEL. PRT. DAMONT B side Matrix is etched: CHS [scratched out etching] /TT2 B-2 DAMONT. Any ideas which version this is as I can't find it?
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 over 2 years 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?