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The Best of the Specials (Remastered)


Download links and information about The Best of the Specials (Remastered) by The Specials. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to New Wave, Reggae, Pop, Ska, Alternative genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:20:31 minutes.

Artist: The Specials
Release date: 2008
Genre: New Wave, Reggae, Pop, Ska, Alternative
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:20:31
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No. Title Length
1. Gangsters (featuring The Special AKA) 2:47
2. A Message to You Rudy 2:52
3. Nite Klub (featuring Rico) 3:22
4. Concrete Jungle 3:19
5. Too Much Too Young (Live) (featuring The Special AKA) 6:05
6. Blank Expression 2:44
7. Doesn't Make It Alright 3:27
8. Rude Buoys Outa Jail 2:40
9. Rat Race 3:09
10. Man at C&A 3:38
11. Do Nothing (featuring Rico) 3:41
12. Medley: Stereotype/Stereotypes, Pt.2 7:25
13. International Jet Set 5:38
14. Friday Night, Saturday Morning 3:34
15. Why? (Edit) 2:56
16. Ghost Town (Extended Version) 5:59
17. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (featuring The Special AKA) 4:52
18. Racist Friend (featuring The Special AKA) 4:03
19. War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same) [Edit] (featuring The Special AKA) 4:03
20. Nelson Mandela (featuring The Special AKA) 4:17



The Best of The Specials makes good on its title with a sprawling 20-song collection of cherry-picked songs from Coventry, England’s most adored ska and rude-boy revivalists. Culled from The Specials' early singles and first three records—The Specials, More Specials, and In the Studio, when they renamed themselves The Special A.K.A.—this compilation is sequenced chronologically, leaning heavily on album singles and essential songs. It opens with The Specials' debut 1979 single, “Gangsters”: a new wave–tinged slice of post-punk ska that borrowed from the 1965 Prince Buster song “Al Capone.” The Specials also played Dandy Livingstone’s “A Message to You Rudy” pretty closely to the original before adding in “Nite Klub,” an original tune that blended punk, ska, rockabilly, and reggae under lyrics that humorously bemoan having to attend the same dive bars and seedy clubs when there’s nothing else to do. “Man at C&A,” from The Specials' second album, best exemplifies how vintage spy-movie soundtracks seeped into their sound, while “Why? and “Racist Friend” touch on skinheads infiltrating their scene.