The Two Tone Compilation: A Checkered Past

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two Tone Compilation: A Checkered Past is a sublime double-disc set containing all of the ska-revival label's greatest singles, not only from superstars like the Specials, Madness, the [English] Beat, Bodysnatchers, and the Selecter, but also the Special A.K.A, Swinging Cats, Higsons, and Apollinaires. Not one of the label's great songs are missing, and several cuts reveal themselves as forgotten gems. It's a comprehensive and compulsively listenable set, illustrating the kinetic energy of ska-revival as well as the depth of the label's roster. [In England, A Checkered Past was released as a four-disc box containing all of the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two Tone Compilation: A Checkered Past is a sublime double-disc set containing all of the ska-revival label's greatest singles, not only from superstars like the Specials, Madness, the [English] Beat, Bodysnatchers, and the Selecter, but also the Special A.K.A, Swinging Cats, Higsons, and Apollinaires. Not one of the label's great songs are missing, and several cuts reveal themselves as forgotten gems. It's a comprehensive and compulsively listenable set, illustrating the kinetic energy of ska-revival as well as the depth of the label's roster. [In England, A Checkered Past was released as a four-disc box containing all of the label's A- and B-sides.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724382767725
  • Catalog Number: 27677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gangsters - The Special A.K.A. (2:44)
  2. 2 The Selecter (2:57)
  3. 3 The Prince (2:32)
  4. 4 On My Radio (3:16)
  5. 5 A Message to You Rudy (2:51)
  6. 6 Nite Klub (3:09)
  7. 7 Tears of a Clown - The English Beat (2:39)
  8. 8 Ranking Full Stop (2:47)
  9. 9 Too Much Too Young - The Specials (2:03)
  10. 10 Guns of Navarone - The Special A.K.A. (2:25)
  11. 11 Three Minute Hero (3:00)
  12. 12 Let's Do Rock Steady (2:54)
  13. 13 Ruder Than You (2:50)
  14. 14 Missing Words (3:20)
  15. 15 Rat Race (3:07)
  16. 16 Rude Boys Outta Jail (2:37)
  17. 17 Easy Life (3:12)
  18. 18 Too Experienced (2:33)
  19. 19 Stereotype (3:50)
  20. 20 International Jet Set (4:12)
  21. 21 Away (3:13)
  22. 22 Mantovani (3:14)
  23. 23 Sea Cruise (3:02)
  24. 24 Do Nothing - Ice Rink String Sounds (3:39)
  25. 25 Maggie's Farm (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ghost Town (3:40)
  2. 2 The Boiler - Rhoda (5:42)
  3. 3 Jungle Music - The Special A.K.A. (4:00)
  4. 4 The Feeling's Gone (3:45)
  5. 5 Tear the Whole Thing Down (3:22)
  6. 6 Ylang Ylang (4:55)
  7. 7 Envy the Love (4:03)
  8. 8 War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same) - The Special A.K.A. (3:43)
  9. 9 Run Me Down (3:47)
  10. 10 Racist Friend (3:35)
  11. 11 Bright Lights - The Special A.K.A. (4:10)
  12. 12 Nelson Mandela - The Special A.K.A. (4:12)
  13. 13 Break Down the Door - The Special A.K.A. (3:48)
  14. 14 What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend - The Special A.K.A. (4:49)
  15. 15 Window Shopping - The Friday Club (3:58)
  16. 16 The Alphabet Army - J.B.'s Allstars (3:09)
  17. 17 Raquel (1:56)
  18. 18 Braggin' and Tryin' Not to Lie (3:21)
  19. 19 Rude Boys Outa Jail - Neville Staple (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The English Beat Track Performer
Madness Track Performer
The Selecter Track Performer
The Specials Track Performer
Rico Vocals, Track Performer
Jerry Dammers Keyboards
Roddy Radiation Track Performer
Bodysnatchers Track Performer
The Swinging Cats Track Performer
Higsons Track Performer
The Apollinaires Track Performer
The Special A.K.A. Track Performer
Ice Rink String Sounds Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Producer
The Selecter Producer
Rico Producer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Stan Campbell Composer
Ranking Roger Composer
John Bradbury Composer
Dick Cuthell Producer, Engineer
Jerry Dammers Arranger, Composer, Producer
Horace Gentleman Composer
Lynval Golding Composer
Jeremy Green Producer
Terry Hall Composer
Bruce Harris Executive Producer
Dave Jordan Producer
Warne Livesey Producer
Roger Lomas Producer
Horace Panter Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Saxa Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Neville Staple Composer
Lee Thompson Composer
Vincent M. Vero Producer
Errol Ross Producer
Dee Sharp Producer
The Swinging Cats Producer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
Roddy Byers Composer
Clanger Producer
Higsons Producer
The Special A.K.A. Producer
John Collins Producer
Brown Composer
David Wright Composer
David Steel Composer
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