Doing a 180: The Specials, More Specials

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Doing a 180: The Specials, More Specials

It’s not exactly a battle on the level of Beatles vs. Stones, but if you’re a fan of the legendary ska outfit known as the Specials, then you’ve likely indulged in this particular question: which is better, The Specials or More Specials? Both certainly have their merits, but for the purposes of today’s discussion, we’re just going to casually throw it out there that, if it’s been awhile since you’ve listened to the albums and you find that you’d kind of like to revisit the band’s sophomore effort, today would be a really great day for that, as it’s just been reissued on 180-gram vinyl.

Was that too blatant a plug? If so, well, what are you gonna do? We had to draw your attention to it one way or the other, because not only is it a pretty great album, but we’re really excited to be able to bring this new vinyl reissue to you.

If you’ve forgotten about the specific charms of More Specials, you’ve got “Stereotype” and “Do Nothing,” both of which were top-10 singles in the UK, plus fan favorites like “Man at C&A,” “Pearl’s Café,” “International Jet Set,” and the book-ending covers of “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think),” with the closing version featuring vocal assistance from Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s. And on top of the songs themselves – both the ones we mentioned and the ones we didn’t cite specifically – now you get to listen to them on glorious 180-gram vinyl.

What are you waiting for? Go get it!