The Best of the Specials

The Best of the Specials

by The SpecialsThe Specials

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Released in the U.K. in 2008 but not appearing in the U.S. until 2014, the Best of the Specials is far and away the most generous Specials compilation ever assembled, weighing in at a hefty 20 tracks and, in its initial pressing at least, containing an accompanying 16-track DVD featuring music videos and live performance. The real meat of the collection is that CD of 20 hits and staples, the songs that made the Specials one of the most vital bands of the early '80s: all the early singles -- "Gangsters," "Ghost Town," "Message to You Rudy," "Nite Klub" -- but also "Rat Race," "Stereotypes," "What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend," "Racist Friend," and "Nelson Mandela." All these and more are here on a compilation that encompasses the entirety of their dynamic, sometimes chaotic, career and while their debut remains peerless, this is a good way to get a sense of the whole story.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2019
Label: Chrysalis
UPC: 5099952039829
catalogNumber: 203982
Rank: 25886


Disc 1

  1. Gangsters
  2. A Message to You Rudy
  3. Nite Klub
  4. Concrete Jungle
  5. Too Much Too Young
  6. Blank Expression
  7. Doesn't Make It Alright
  8. Rude Boys Outta Jail
  9. Rat Race
  10. Man at C & A
  11. Do Nothing
  12. Stereotypes
  13. International Jet Set
  14. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
  15. Why?
  16. Ghost Town
  17. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
  18. Racist Friend
  19. War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same)
  20. Free Nelson Mandela

Disc 2

  1. Gangsters
  2. A Message to You Rudy
  3. Too Much Too Young
  4. Rat Race
  5. Do Nothing
  6. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
  7. Ghost Town
  8. Bright Lights
  9. The Lonely Crowd
  10. Housebound
  11. Alcohol
  12. Racist Friend
  13. War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same)
  14. Free Nelson Mandela
  15. Break Down the Door
  16. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Specials   Primary Artist
Chrissie Hynde   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Specials   Composer
Lloyd Chalmers   Composer
Stan Campbell   Composer
Martin Bakker   Video Director
John "Brad" Bradbury   Composer
Dick Cuthell   Composer,Producer
Jerry Dammers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Horace Gentleman   Composer
Lynval Golding   Composer
Terry Hall   Composer
Dave Jordan   Producer,Engineer
Neville Staple   Composer
Barney Bubbles   Video Director
John Collins   Producer
Jeff Baynes   Video Director
Robert Livingstone Thompson   Composer

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