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Dawning Of A New Era
Dawning Of A New Era (coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: FRP1LP 005. Rel: 05 Feb 18
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Wake Up (1:52)
  2. Nite Klub/Raquel (3:01)
  3. Rock & Roll Nightmare (2:01)
  4. Look But Don't Touch (4:24)
  5. Concrete Jungle (3:43)
  6. It's Up To You (3:01)
  7. Stupid Marriage (2:48)
  8. Blank Expression (2:08)
  9. Too Much Too Young (2:06)
  10. Little Bitch (2:38)
  11. (Dawning Of A) New Era (2:43)
  12. Jay Walker (3:11)
 in stock $17.17
King Of Kings (reissue)
King Of Kings (reissue) (180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2722. Rel: 01 Sep 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Sammy Dead (2:46)
  2. Fat Man (2:42)
  3. Easy Snappin' (2:33)
  4. Carry Go Bring Come (2:53)
  5. Dancing Mood (3:01)
  6. Humpty Dumpty (2:37)
  7. King Of Ska (2:52)
  8. Oil In My Lamp (2:58)
  9. Take It Easy (2:40)
  10. Wings Of A Dove (2:30)
  11. King Of Kings (2:57)
  12. Jamaica Ska (2:23)
Review: Sometime welder turned reggae legend (and the man who launched Bob Marley's career from a similar starting point) Desmond Dekker released his collaborative album King of Kings with English ska band The Specials in 1993. It came on the famous Trojan label and is made up of songs originally written by Dekker's heroes such as by Dekker's musical heroes including Byron Lee, Theophilus Beckford, Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan and more. This special reissue come son black, heavyweight 180g vinyl on the Music on Vinyl label and has classics like 'King of Kings,' 'Take It Easy' and 'Jamaican Ska.'
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 in stock $27.42
Protest Songs 1924-2012
Protest Songs 1924-2012 (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + 12-page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: 384070 1. Rel: 01 Oct 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Freedom Highway (3:24)
  2. Everybody Knows (5:23)
  3. I Don't Mind Failing In This World (4:38)
  4. Black, Brown & White (2:58)
  5. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around (3:45)
  6. Fuck All The Perfect People (4:05)
  7. My Next Door Neighbour (2:33)
  8. Trouble Every Day (5:03)
  9. Listening Wind (4:03)
  10. I Live In A City (2:18)
  11. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes (2:50)
  12. Get Up, Stand Up (4:07)
Review: The Specials are one of the most important ska bands of their time. Their messages continue to resonate even today, especially through the set of songs that makes up this collection of protest tunes from 1924 to 2012. It finds the band picking some of their favs in the wake of the George Floyd murder and global social unrest that followed, and serving up their own unique covers. It was recorded in a studio in West London in May of this year with Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keys, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar.
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 in stock $21.32
Protest Songs 1924-2012
Protest Songs 1924-2012 (limited 180 gram translucent yellow vinyl LP + 12-page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: 384070 5. Rel: 01 Oct 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Freedom Highway (3:24)
  2. Everybody Knows (5:23)
  3. I Don't Mind Failing In This World (4:38)
  4. Black, Brown & White (2:58)
  5. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around (3:42)
  6. Fuck All The Perfect People (4:06)
  7. My Next Door Neighbour (2:35)
  8. Trouble Every Day (5:18)
  9. Listening Wind (3:48)
  10. I Live In A City (2:20)
  11. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes (2:53)
  12. Get Up, Stand Up (4:02)
Review: The Specials are one of the most important ska bands of their time. Their messages continue to resonate even today, especially through the set of songs that makes up this collection of protest tunes from 1924 to 2012. It finds the band picking some of their favs in the wake of the George Floyd murder and global social unrest that followed, and serving up their own unique covers. It was recorded in a studio in West London in May of this year with Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keys, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar.
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 in stock $24.36
Protest Songs 1924-2012
Cat: 352277 4. Rel: 01 Oct 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Freedom Highway
  2. Everybody Knows
  3. I Don't Mind Failing In This World
  4. Black, Brown & White
  5. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around
  6. Fuck All The Perfect People
  7. My Next Door Neighbour
  8. Trouble Every Day
  9. Listening Wind
  10. I Live In A City
  11. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
  12. Get Up, Stand Up
Review: Following the release of their first album in decades, 2019's Encore, the Specials planned to record a reggae album. Unable to get over to Jamaica to record it with local producers due to the pandemic, they instead decided to explore their love of dissent through music by recording an album entirely made up of covers of protest songs. It's a simple idea, deftly executed, with the veteran British band opting for stripped-back sound that lets the songs speak for themselves. There are some interesting choices throughout, including songs by Talking Heads, Chip Taylor and Frank Zappa all feature. Highlights include a reggae influenced version of Leonard Cohen's 'Everybody Knows', a gravelly take on the Staple Singers' 'Freedom Highway' and an acoustic interpretation of Bob Marley's 'Get Up, Stand Up'.
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 in stock $10.07
Protest Songs 1924-2012 (Deluxe Edition)
Cat: 384069 9. Rel: 01 Oct 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Freedom Highway
  2. Everybody Knows
  3. I Don't Mind Failing In This World
  4. Black, Brown & White
  5. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around
  6. Fuck All The Perfect People
  7. My Next Door Neighbour
  8. Trouble Every Day
  9. Listening Wind
  10. I Live In A City
  11. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
  12. Get Up, Stand Up
  13. The Lunatics (live At Coventry Cathedral, July 2019)
  14. We Sell Hope (live At Coventry Cathedral, July 2019)
 in stock $12.59
Ghost Town (40th Anniversary Edition) (half speed remastered)
Cat: 506051 6096787. Rel: 04 Jun 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Ghost Town (extended version) (6:00)
  2. Why? (3:57)
  3. Friday Night Saturday Morning (3:36)
Review: 
The Specials are real UK national treasures, aren't they? And rightly so. Alexis Petridis has even gone so far as to say their standout single 'Ghost Town' is the second greatest UK single to have ever been released. Again, it's hard to really argue with that one. It was a UK chart topper at time of release and speaks eloquently of the urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Sound familiar? Sadly, you once again have to agree. This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed for extra oomph.
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 in stock $19.66
More Specials (40th Anniversary Edition) (half speed remastered)
Cat: 506051 6095698. Rel: 20 Nov 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Enjoy Yourself (3:37)
  2. Man At C&A (3:36)
  3. Hey, Little Rich Girl (3:36)
  4. Do Nothing (3:44)
  5. Pearl's Cafe (3:11)
  6. Sock It To 'Em JB (3:00)
  7. Stereotypes/Stereotypes (part 2) (7:25)
  8. Holiday Fortnight (2:48)
  9. I Can't Stand It (4:04)
  10. International Jet Set (5:36)
  11. Enjoy Yourself (reprise) (1:44)
  12. Braggin' & Tryin' Not To Lie (3:25)
  13. Rude Boys Outa Jail (version) (4:07)
Review: This special 40th anniversary edition of More Specials has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes. It also includes a 7" bonus that first came with the original album in 1980. Of course, the band remains a defining act of the 70s and 80s for all their work on Two Tone Records. Mixing the edgy of punk, the rolling rhythm of rocksteady and their own Special magic, they launched a whole ska revival and remain as popular today as ever.
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 in stock $29.35
Encore
Encore (LP + insert in embossed sleeve)
Cat: 772110 3. Rel: 01 Feb 19
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (3:17)
  2. BLM (5:04)
  3. Vote For Me (4:59)
  4. The Lunatics (3:35)
  5. Breaking Point (3:55)
  6. Blam Blam Fever (2:49)
  7. 10 Commandments (3:53)
  8. Embarrassed By You (3:03)
  9. The Life & Times (Of A Man Called Depression) (5:24)
  10. We Sell Hope (4:34)
 in stock $19.66
More Specials (remastered)
More Specials (remastered) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 506051 6090747. Rel: 16 Mar 18
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Enjoy Yourself (3:40)
  2. Man At C&A (3:33)
  3. Hey, Little Rich Girl (3:37)
  4. Do Nothing (3:42)
  5. Pearl's Cafe (3:09)
  6. Sock It To 'Em JB (2:57)
  7. Stereotypes/Stereotypes (part 2) (7:23)
  8. Holiday Fortnight (2:45)
  9. I Can't Stand It (4:02)
  10. International Jet Set (5:37)
  11. Enjoy Yourself (reprise) (1:45)
 in stock $20.22
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