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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If they ever made a movie called "The British 2-Tone Band that Wouldn't Die," it would star the Specials. Almost twenty years after helping to usher in the first of several post-punk ska revivals, and after numerous lineup changes and hiatuses, the Specials are still out there preaching the same gospel. It's a rewrite of the ska sound of 1960s Jamaica, with heavy doses of punk and the British music-hall tradition. So if you're suspecting that the sound isn't exactly fresh, you're right -- if 2-Tone was something of a rehash when the Specials debuted in 1979, imagine how dated a revival of a rehash sounds. But just because it's dated doesn't mean it's no fun -- "Call Me ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If they ever made a movie called "The British 2-Tone Band that Wouldn't Die," it would star the Specials. Almost twenty years after helping to usher in the first of several post-punk ska revivals, and after numerous lineup changes and hiatuses, the Specials are still out there preaching the same gospel. It's a rewrite of the ska sound of 1960s Jamaica, with heavy doses of punk and the British music-hall tradition. So if you're suspecting that the sound isn't exactly fresh, you're right -- if 2-Tone was something of a rehash when the Specials debuted in 1979, imagine how dated a revival of a rehash sounds. But just because it's dated doesn't mean it's no fun -- "Call Me Names" and "No Big Deal" are just as charming as anything the band wrote under the leadership of Jerry Dammers back in the day, and "Running Away" is a fun rewrite of "Monkey Man," the Toots Hibbert classic. There are three hidden tracks at the end of the disc: all are live versions of old Specials chestnuts "Rat Race," "Concrete Jungle" and "Gangsters". The problem is, those live versions just remind you of how much fresher this stuff sounded twenty years ago.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1998
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811173524
  • Catalog Number: 11735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tears in My Beer (3:30)
  2. 2 Call Me Names (2:47)
  3. 3 Fearful (2:20)
  4. 4 It's You (3:09)
  5. 5 Bonediggin' (4:40)
  6. 6 All Gone Wrong (3:53)
  7. 7 No Big Deal (3:23)
  8. 8 Leave It Out (4:03)
  9. 9 Keep on Learning (2:39)
  10. 10 Fantasize (3:27)
  11. 11 Place in Life (3:07)
  12. 12 Stand Up (3:02)
  13. 13 My Tears Come Falling Down Like Rain (3:17)
  14. 14 The Man with No Name (2:44)
  15. 15 Running Away (2:53)
  16. 16 Rat Race (2:53)
  17. 17 Concrete Jungle (3:25)
  18. 18 Gangsters (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Specials Primary Artist
Tim Armstrong Vocals
Charley H. Bembridge Drums
Lars Frederiksen Vocals
Lynval Golding Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Horace Panter Bass
Neville Staple Vocals
Adam Birch Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals
Roddy Byers Guitar, Vocals
Jon Read Trumpet, Accordion
Mark Adams Organ, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Specials Composer
John Bradbury Composer
Jerry Dammers Composer
Lynval Golding Composer
Terry Hall Composer
Horace Panter Composer
Neville Staple Composer
Stoker Producer, Engineer
K. Smith Composer
Tom Lowry Composer
Adam Birch Contributor
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Roddy Byers Composer
Shepard Fairey Artwork, Art Direction
Dave Kinsey Art Direction
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