The Specials

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The Specials (originally known as The Coventry Automatics, then later named The Special AKA) were the first band of the 2-Tone era in the late '70s and early '80s in Britain. Led musically by keyboardist Jerry Dammers, the band also comprised Terry Hall (lead vox), Neville Staple (vox/percussion), Lynval Golding (rhythm gtr/vox), Roddy "Radiation" Byers (lead gtr), Sir Horace Gentleman (aka Horace Panter; bass), and John Bradbury (drums). From 1979 to 1981, they released seven singles, two of which ("Too Much Too Young" & "Ghost Town") got to #1. By the time "Ghost Town" reached UK#1 on July 11, 1981 amidst massive street violence in the UK's major cities, The Specials had split. Jerry Dammers and John Bradbury continued under the name The Special AKA until 1985, as did Horace Panter to a certain extent. Roddy Byers left but made a guest appearance on one single, and Terry Hall, Neville Staple, and Lynval Golding formed Fun Boy Three.
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RS 9180 Live At The Lyceum — The Specials The Specials Live At The Lyceum Chrysalis RS 9180 France 1979 Sell This Version
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ZCDL T5001 Specials — The Specials The Specials Specials (Album) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records ZCDL T5001 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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6399 104 More Specials — The Specials The Specials More Specials (Single, Album) Two-Tone Records 6399 104 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
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CN 3504/S In Concert-222 — The Specials The Pretenders / The Specials The Pretenders / The Specials - In Concert-222(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3504/S UK 1980 Sell This Version
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KB 316 King Biscuit Flower Hour  — The Specials The Boomtown Rats / The Specials The Boomtown Rats / The Specials - King Biscuit Flower Hour (LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records KB 316 US 1980 Sell This Version
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ZCDP 104 The Specials / More Specials — The Specials The Specials The Specials / More Specials (Comp, Album) Chrysalis ZCDP 104 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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29 BBC College Concert #29 — The Specials Simple Minds / The Specials Simple Minds / The Specials - BBC College Concert #29(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 29 US 1983 Sell This Version
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RRCD 161 Live - Too Much Too Young — The Specials The Specials Live - Too Much Too Young (Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 161 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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TOCP-7240, CCD 5011 Live At The Moonlight Club — The Specials The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club (Album) Two-Tone Records TOCP-7240, CCD 5011 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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WIN CD 030 BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert — The Specials The Selecter / The Specials The Selecter / The Specials - BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Album) Windsong International WIN CD 030 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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CDTRL 324 King Of Kings — The Specials Desmond Dekker And The Specials Desmond Dekker And The Specials - King Of Kings (Album) Trojan Records CDTRL 324 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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7243 8 41689 2 6 Today's Specials — The Specials The Specials Today's Specials (Album) Kuff Records, Virgin 7243 8 41689 2 6 US 1996 Sell This Version
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MVCE-24083, MCAD-11735 Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent! — The Specials The Specials Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent! (Album) MCA Records MVCE-24083, MCAD-11735 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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PIESD 056 Live Too Much Too Young — The Specials The Specials Live Too Much Too Young (Album) Castle Pie PIESD 056 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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RRCD 271 Ghost Town 'Live' — The Specials The Specials Ghost Town 'Live'(CD, Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 271 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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RRCD 295 Z - UK, RRCD 295 - Export Skinhead Girl — The Specials The Specials Skinhead Girl (Album) Receiver Records Limited, Receiver Records Limited RRCD 295 Z - UK, RRCD 295 - Export UK 2000 Sell This Version
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RRCD 292 Z - UK, RRCD 292 - EXPORT The Conquering Ruler — The Specials The Specials The Conquering Ruler (Album) Receiver Records Limited, Receiver Records Limited RRCD 292 Z - UK, RRCD 292 - EXPORT UK 2001 Sell This Version
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MTCD-1044, cap-45 Dawning Of A New Era — The Specials The Coventry Automatics AKA The Specials The Coventry Automatics AKA The Specials - Dawning Of A New Era(CD, Album, RE) Polystar, Felicity MTCD-1044, cap-45 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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clp 2133 Ghost Town — The Specials The Specials Ghost Town (Album) Chrysalis clp 2133 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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none Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 Belsonic Belfast 27.08.11 — The Specials The Specials Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 Belsonic Belfast 27.08.11 (Album) Abbey Road Live Here Now none UK 2011 Sell This Version
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6210082, 5099962100823 More... Or Less. The Specials Live — The Specials The Specials More... Or Less. The Specials Live (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 6210082, 5099962100823 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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none Live 2014: The Tour Edition — The Specials The Specials Live 2014: The Tour Edition(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Abbey Road Studios none UK 2014 Sell This Version
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B0029643-02 Encore — The Specials The Specials Encore (Album) Island Records, UMC B0029643-02 US 2019 Sell This Version
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none Live At The 100 Club — The Specials Specials* Live At The 100 Club(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription Recording Unit none UK 2019 Sell This Version
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none Protest Songs 1924-2012 — The Specials The Specials Protest Songs 1924-2012 (Album, Single) Island Records none 2021 Sell This Version

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1ska1

1ska1

January 27, 2022
There is a mispress of the UK "Gangsters" 7" in existence with the "Selecter" paper label on both sides.
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1ska1

1ska1

January 23, 2022
edited 10 months ago
There is a mispress of the UK version of the "Too much to young" EP in existence, which plays the b-side tracks on both sides.
1ska1

1ska1

January 22, 2022
edited 11 months ago
I had a white label test pressing of the canadian pressing of "More Specials" which I sold online in 2019 for 53,- euros.
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Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
Just as Punk was catching its second wind in Britain, and Ska was becoming a quickly fading memory, the Specials arose -- not quite like a phoenix from the ashes but as rude boys from yesteryear -- to blend the sounds of England's present and Jamaica's past. What they did, essentially, was give Ska a swift kick in the pants, hurrying its mellow rhythms just so, while leaving its horns and humor intact.
While resurrecting Ska was hardly revolutionary, the band's multi-racial scope was, resulting in the aptly named 2-Tone record label. As the craze took off throughout Britain (and their cult status was founded in America), the band and label took on a number of similar acts - among them Madness and Bad Manners - who dominated the charts and held the attention of England's youth for a few years thereafter. The fad had run its course by the early '80s (even the Specials had splintered into other bands), but without the Specials' eponymous debut, neither Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) nor Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) would have a genre to corrupt.
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