The Specials

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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The Specials Discography

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The Specials Specials (Album) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records Japan 1979 Sell This Version
The Specials More Specials (Album, Single) Two-Tone Records 1980 Sell This Version
CN 3504/S The Pretenders / The Specials The Pretenders / The Specials - In Concert-222(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3504/S UK 1980 Sell This Version
KB 316 The Boomtown Rats / The Specials The Boomtown Rats / The Specials - May 25, 1980(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records KB 316 US 1980 Sell This Version
29 Simple Minds / The Specials Simple Minds / The Specials - BBC College Concert #29(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 29 US 1983 Sell This Version
The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club (Album) Two-Tone Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
The Specials Live - Too Much Too Young (Album) Receiver Records Limited UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Selecter / The Specials The Selecter / The Specials - BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Album) Windsong International UK 1992 Sell This Version
Desmond Dekker And The Specials Desmond Dekker And The Specials - King Of Kings (Album) Trojan Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Coventry Automatics AKA The Specials The Coventry Automatics AKA The Specials - Dawning Of A New Era (Album) Receiver Records Limited UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Specials Today's Specials (Album) Kuff Records, Virgin US 1996 Sell This Version
The Specials Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent! (Album) MCA Records US 1998 Sell This Version
RRCD 271 The Specials Ghost Town 'Live'(CD, Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 271 UK 1999 Sell This Version
The Specials Skinhead Girl (Album) Receiver Records Limited, Receiver Records Limited UK 2000 Sell This Version
The Specials The Conquering Ruler (Album) Receiver Records Limited, Receiver Records Limited UK 2001 Sell This Version
Unofficial The Specials Unreleased "2 Tone Tour" BBC Broadcast 1981(LP, Album) Not On Label (The Specials) Unofficial 2007 Sell This Version
The Specials Ghost Town (Album) Chrysalis UK 2008 Sell This Version
none The Specials Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 Ricoh Arena Coventry 29.10.11(2xCDr, Ltd) Abbey Road Live Here Now none UK 2011 Sell This Version
none The Specials Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 (Paradiso Grote Zaal Amsterdam 14.09.11)(2xCDr) Abbey Road Live Here Now none Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
none The Specials Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 München Backstage 21.09.11(2xCDr) Abbey Road Live Here Now none Germany 2011 Sell This Version
cdv1265 The Specials The Specials live 31.10.11 Brixton(CD, Album) EMI cdv1265 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
CDLHN89 The Specials Aug 27th - Nov 3rd 2011 - Olympia PARIS 27.09.11(2xCDr) Abbey Road Live Here Now CDLHN89 2011 Sell This Version
The Specials More... Or Less. - The Specials Live (Album) Chrysalis UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none The Specials Live 2014: The Tour Edition(CD, Album, Ltd) Abbey Road Studios none UK 2014 Sell This Version
RS 9180 The Specials Live At The Lyceum(LP, Promo) Chrysalis RS 9180 France Unknown Sell This Version

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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.
pepperj

pepperj

May 22, 2015
One of the greatest bands there ever be. I love you guys!

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