Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials

The Specials began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.

The Specials' landmark, 14-track-strong debut album The Specials (UK No.4, 1979), produced by Elvis Costello, declared their intentions loud and clear with a rare blend of furious energy and no-nonsense, hard-hitting lyrics. In essence a studio recording of their live set, the album comprises mostly originals with a few covers of ska classics thrown in for good measure, including their fabulous take on Dandy Livingstone's "A Message to You Rudy", an equally stellar version of the Maytals' "Monkey Man", and a sizzling take on Prince Buster's "Too Hot".

The Specials

The Specials

Chrysalis
Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
CDx2

£14.99

Expanded version approved by Jerry Dammers with new sleeve notes and unseen photos. The extra CD features the Too Much Too Young EP plus an 11 track live set - BBC in concert at the Paris Theatre from 79.

Released 14/07/2017Catalogue Number

CDLTTR5001

Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
LP

£29.99

40th Anniversary Half-Speed Master Edition.

Black
Released 19/05/2023Catalogue Number

CDLTTH5001X

Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
CD

£11.99

Released 09/02/2018Catalogue Number

CRTT1048

The Specials

The Specials

Chrysalis
Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
CDx2

£14.99

Expanded version approved by Jerry Dammers with new sleeve notes and unseen photos. The extra CD features the Too Much Too Young EP plus an 11 track live set - BBC in concert at the Paris Theatre from 79.

Released 14/07/2017Catalogue Number

CDLTTR5001

Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
LP

£29.99

40th Anniversary Half-Speed Master Edition.

Black
Released 19/05/2023Catalogue Number

CDLTTH5001X

Album artwork for The Specials by The Specials
CD

£11.99

Released 09/02/2018Catalogue Number

CRTT1048

The Specials began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.

The Specials' landmark, 14-track-strong debut album The Specials (UK No.4, 1979), produced by Elvis Costello, declared their intentions loud and clear with a rare blend of furious energy and no-nonsense, hard-hitting lyrics. In essence a studio recording of their live set, the album comprises mostly originals with a few covers of ska classics thrown in for good measure, including their fabulous take on Dandy Livingstone's "A Message to You Rudy", an equally stellar version of the Maytals' "Monkey Man", and a sizzling take on Prince Buster's "Too Hot".