Chrysalis Records are planning a campaign of 2 Tone remasters and reissues and are starting with a 40th anniversary half-speed mastered 2LP vinyl edition of The Specials 1979 self-titled debut album.
Chrysalis Records was the original home of the 2 Tone label (founded by The Specials’ Jerry Dammers) and indeed, the label’s first album release was Specials.
The band were made up of seven people Dammers (keyboards), Terry Hall (vocals), Neville Staples (vocals), Lynval Golding (rhythm guitar), Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers (lead guitar), ‘Sir’ Horace ‘Gentleman’ Panter (bass) and John Bradbury (drums), along with Jamaican ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez and trumpeter Dick Cuthell
The album was produced by Elvis Costello and reached number four in the charts. The ‘Too Much Too Young’ EP (which featured a live version of that song) went to number one. It was the third single from the album and of course The Specials were destined to have another UK number one with ‘Ghost Town’ in 1981.
The new 40th anniversary 2LP vinyl edition has been mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell and is a straight half-speed vinyl cut from the original master tapes, split over two 45RPM 12” vinyl, housed in wide spine LP.
Specials will be released on 11 October 2019.
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Specials 2LP half-speed master
A Message To You, Rudy
Do The Dog
It’s Up To You
Doesn’t Make It Alright
(Dawning Of A) New Era
Too Much Too Young
You’re Wondering Now