Two-Tone Records

Two-Tone Records

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2 Tone records was created in Coventry, UK in 1978 by Jerry Dammers who apart from being the songwriter and music director for bands ‘The Specials’ and ‘The Special A.K.A’ was also the Chief Executive of the label and responsible for signing artists such as Madness, The Selecter, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers.

Dammers grew up in The Midlands area of The UK during the late 1960s/early 70s and became influenced with the sounds of Jamaican Ska Music that was now being heard in the UK mainly as a direct result of the Government policy at that time which saw big cultural changes in the area as a whole due to the influx of immigration in cities such as Birmingham and Coventry. Virtually all the 2 Tone artists were from the area; the one exception being ‘Madness’ who are from North London.

The label started things off with the classic ‘Gangsters’ shortly followed by Madness’ ‘The Prince’ (a tribute to Prince Buster and the Jamaican Ska scene in general) and The Selecters’ ‘On My Radio’ Other classics which followed included ‘Too Much Too Young’ and The most famous 2 Tone release of them all; ‘Ghost Town’. Despite popular belief the single Ghost Town was not criticism of Racial tension on a national scale; mainly a broadside at the thuggery that existed within Coventry. Infact many of the Specials songs were about life in Coventry. 'Concrete Jungle', 'Dawning Of A New Era', 'Stereotypes' etc.

The early label signings such as Madness and The Beat released just one record on 2 Tone before signing for Stiff Records and Go Feet respectively, however The Specials released a successful self-titled LP in 1979 and became the figureheads for 2 Tone Records and the UK Ska scene. The follow up ‘More Specials' was, at the time, considered disappointing but in truth had a hard task following up the first album and was possibly released too late - after the success of 2 Tone was beginning to recede.

Cultural changes within the music industry and British society not least helped by in house squabbling from artists signed to 2 Tone led to the collapse of the label in 1982. A revised version of The Special A.K.A enjoyed a brief comeback in 1984 with the single ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ plus one or two other recordings.

although it has been revived several times since then for "best of" releases and a singles box-set, The label is now defunct.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1C 58- 250082 The Special AKA In The Studio(CD, Album) Two-Tone Records 1C 58- 250082 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
1C 538-3 25001 2 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials (Album) 1C 538-3 25001 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
5C 206290 In The Studio With The Special AKA  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio With The Special AKA(LP, Album, RE) Two-Tone Records 5C 206290 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
0153 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials A Message To You Rudy(7", Single, Jukebox, Promo) Ariola 0153 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
102 332 Stereotype / International Jet Set  album cover The Specials Stereotype / International Jet Set (Single) 102 332 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
103 338 Ghost Town  album cover The Specials Ghost Town(7", Single) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 103 338 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
104 205 Jungle Music  album cover Rico* And The Special AKA Rico* And The Special AKA - Jungle Music(7", Single) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 104 205 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
104 579 The Feeling's Gone  album cover The Apollinaires The Feeling's Gone(7") Two-Tone Records 104 579 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
104 935 Envy The Love  album cover The Apollinaires Envy The Love(7", Single) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 104 935 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
202.848 The Specials More Specials (Album) 202.848 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
203 375 Dance Craze  album cover Various Dance Craze (Comp) 203 375 Benelux 1981 Sell This Version
204 792 Jama Rico  album cover Rico* Jama Rico(LP) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records 204 792 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
206 290 In The Studio With The Special AKA  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio With The Special AKA(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 206 290 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
303 657 The 2 Tone Story  album cover Various The 2 Tone Story(2xLP, Album, Comp) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 303 657 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
600 395 Ghost Town  album cover The Specials Ghost Town(12") Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 600 395 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
822418-1 The Special AKA In The Studio (Album) 822418-1 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
3213032 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 3213032 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
499 4701 Specials* Specials(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records 499 4701 UK 1999 Sell This Version
6172 688 Tears Of A Clown  album cover The Beat (2) Tears Of A Clown(7", Single) Chrysalis 6172 688 France 1980 Sell This Version
6172 689 On My Radio / Too Much Pressure  album cover The Selecter On My Radio / Too Much Pressure (Single) 6172 689 France 1979 Sell This Version
6198 357 Rat Race  album cover The Specials Rat Race(7", Single) Chrysalis 6198 357 France 1980 Sell This Version
6198 481 Ghost Town  album cover The Specials Ghost Town(7", Single) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 6198 481 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
6299 050 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* - Too Much Too Young(7", EP) Two-Tone Records 6299 050 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
6307 687 The Specials  album cover The Specials The Specials(LP, Album) Chrysalis 6307 687 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
6399 104 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials (Album, Single) 6399 104 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
6483 287 Dance Craze  album cover Various Dance Craze(LP, Comp) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 6483 287 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
696 3012 Live At The Moonlight Club  album cover The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club(CD, RE) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records 696 3012 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
102 867-100 Do Nothing  album cover The Specials Do Nothing (Single) 102 867-100 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
103 338 - 100 Ghost Town  album cover The Specials Ghost Town(7") Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 103 338 - 100 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
104 205-100 Jungle Music  album cover Rico* And The Special AKA Rico* And The Special AKA - Jungle Music(7", Single) Two-Tone Records 104 205-100 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
106 323-100 Nelson Mandela  album cover The Special AKA Nelson Mandela(7", Single) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 106 323-100 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
202 848-270 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials (Album) 202 848-270 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
203 478-200 That Man Is Forward  album cover Rico* That Man Is Forward(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records 203 478-200 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
203 478-320 That Man Is Forward  album cover Rico* That Man Is Forward(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis 203 478-320 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
206 290-320 In The Studio With The Special AKA  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio With The Special AKA(LP, Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records 206 290-320 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
252 848-217 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials(CD, Album) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 252 848-217 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
600 395-213 Ghost Town (Extended Version)  album cover The Specials Ghost Town (Extended Version)(12") Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 600 395-213 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
2564629297 The Best Of 2 Tone  album cover Various The Best Of 2 Tone(CD, Comp) Two-Tone Records 2564629297 Australia 2014 Sell This Version
7243 5 37695 0 5 In The Studio  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio (Album) 7243 5 37695 0 5 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 37697 0 3 Specials  album cover Specials* Specials (Album) 7243 5 37697 0 3 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 37699 0 1 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials (Album) 7243 5 37699 0 1 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
7243 879162 2 7 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials A Message To You Rudy(CD, Single) Two-Tone Records, EMI 7243 879162 2 7 France 2001 Sell This Version
825646336050 The Specials  album cover The Specials The Specials(LP, Album, RE, RM) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records 825646336050 USA & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
A-100723 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials A Message To You Rudy(7", Single) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis A-100723 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
A-101460 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* - Too Much Too Young(7", EP) Chrysalis, Chrysalis A-101460 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
AVLP8 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(LP + CD + Album, RE) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis AVLP8 UK 2011 Sell This Version
CCD 5001 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CCD 5001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CCD 5003 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials(CD, Album, RE) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records CCD 5003 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CCD 5007 This Are Two Tone  album cover Various This Are Two Tone(CD, Comp) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis CCD 5007 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CCD 5009 The 2 Tone Story  album cover Various The 2 Tone Story(CD, Comp) Two-Tone Records CCD 5009 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CCD 5010 Singles  album cover The Specials Singles (Comp) CCD 5010 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CCD 5011 Live At The Moonlight Club  album cover The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club(CD, Album) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CCD 5011 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDCHRTT 5012 The Best Of 2 Tone  album cover Various The Best Of 2 Tone(CD, Comp) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CDCHRTT 5012 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDCHRTT 5014 The Best Of 2Tone  album cover Various The Best Of 2Tone(CD, Comp) Two-Tone Records CDCHRTT 5014 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CDCHS TT31 2 Tone EP  album cover Various 2 Tone EP(CD, EP) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CDCHS TT31 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDL 1265 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records CDL 1265 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CDL 1274 Too Much Pressure  album cover The Selecter Too Much Pressure(LP, Album) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records CDL 1274 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
CDLK TT 5001 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(Cass, Album) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis CDLK TT 5001 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
CDLTDX 5001 Specials  album cover Specials* Specials(LP, Album, RE, RM) Two-Tone Records CDLTDX 5001 UK 2014 Sell This Version
CDL TT 5001 Specials  album cover Specials* Specials (Album) CDL TT 5001 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CDL TT5001-P Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(LP, Album, Pic) Two-Tone Records CDL TT5001-P Portugal Unknown Sell This Version
CDL TT 5002 Too Much Pressure  album cover The Selecter Too Much Pressure (Album) CDL TT 5002 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CDLTTR 5001 Specials  album cover The Specials Specials(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CDLTTR 5001 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CDLTTR 5003 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CDLTTR 5003 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CDL TTX 5001 Specials  album cover Specials* Specials (Album) CDL TTX 5001 UK 2015 Sell This Version
CDS 2525 Ghost Town  album cover The Specials Ghost Town(12") Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records CDS 2525 US 1981 Sell This Version
CHR 1265 The Specials  album cover The Specials The Specials(LP, Album) Chrysalis CHR 1265 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
CHR 1303 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials (Album) CHR 1303 US 1980 Sell This Version
CHRK TT 5003 Ancora Specials  album cover The Specials Ancora Specials(Cass, Album) Two-Tone Records, Chrysalis CHRK TT 5003 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
CHRTT1046 Singles  album cover The Specials Singles(CD, Comp, Dig) Two-Tone Records CHRTT1046 UK 2018 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5003 More Specials  album cover The Specials More Specials (Single, Album) CHR TT 5003 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5004 Dance Craze  album cover Various Dance Craze (Comp) CHR TT 5004 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5005 That Man Is Forward  album cover Rico* That Man Is Forward(LP, Album) Two-Tone Records CHR TT 5005 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5006 Jama Rico  album cover Rico* Jama Rico (Album) CHR TT 5006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5007 This Are Two Tone  album cover Various This Are Two Tone (Comp) CHR TT 5007 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5008 In The Studio  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio (Album) CHR TT 5008 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5009 The 2 Tone Story  album cover Various The 2 Tone Story(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chrysalis, Two-Tone Records CHR TT 5009 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5010 Singles  album cover The Specials Singles (Comp) CHR TT 5010 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CHR TT 5011 Live At The Moonlight Club  album cover The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club(LP) Two-Tone Records CHR TT 5011 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CHRTT5012 The Best Of 2 Tone  album cover Various The Best Of 2 Tone(LP, Comp) Two-Tone Records CHRTT5012 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CHRTT 5014 The Best Of 2Tone  album cover Various The Best Of 2Tone(2xLP, Comp) Two-Tone Records CHRTT 5014 UK 2014 Sell This Version
CHRTTR 5008 In The Studio  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Two-Tone Records, Two-Tone Records CHRTTR 5008 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CHRTTX 5003 The Specials More Specials (Album, Single) CHRTTX 5003 USA & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CHR TTX 5008 In The Studio  album cover The Special AKA In The Studio(LP, Album, RE) Two-Tone Records CHR TTX 5008 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CHR TTX 5011 Live At The Moonlight Club  album cover The Specials Live At The Moonlight Club CHR TTX 5011 UK 2014 Sell This Version
CHS 2377 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials Featuring Rico* The Specials Featuring Rico* - A Message To You Rudy(7", Single) Chrysalis CHS 2377 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CHS 2427 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials Featuring Rico* The Specials Featuring Rico* - A Message To You Rudy(7", Single) Chrysalis CHS 2427 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
CHS-2751 Nelson Mandela  album cover The Special AKA Nelson Mandela (Single) CHS-2751 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
CHS 9007 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Specials Too Much Too Young(7", Jukebox, Promo) Two-Tone Records CHS 9007 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHSC 2751 Nelson Mandela  album cover The Special AKA Nelson Mandela(12", Maxi) Two-Tone Records CHSC 2751 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
CHSTT Do Nothing  album cover The Specials Do Nothing (Single) CHSTT Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT 3 The Prince  album cover Madness The Prince (Single) CHS TT 3 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHS TT 4 On My Radio  album cover The Selecter On My Radio (Single) CHS TT 4 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHS TT5 A Message To You Rudy  album cover The Specials Featuring Rico* The Specials Featuring Rico* - A Message To You Rudy (Single) CHS TT5 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHS TT 6 Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop  album cover The Beat (2) Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop (Single) CHS TT 6 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHS TT 7 I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down  album cover Elvis Costello & The Attractions I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Single) CHS TT 7 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT7 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* - Too Much Too Young (EP, Single) CHS TT7 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT7 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* - Too Much Too Young(7", EP, Single, Sil) Two-Tone Records CHS TT7 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT8 Three Minute Hero / James Bond  album cover The Selecter Three Minute Hero / James Bond (Single) CHS TT8 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT 9 Let's Do Rock Steady  album cover The Bodysnatchers Let's Do Rock Steady (Single) CHS TT 9 UK 1980 Sell This Version