The Specials - Encore album
Encore is the eighth studio album by the English ska revival band The Specials. It is their first studio album of original songs since 1998's Guilty 'til Proved Innocent!, and their first new material with vocalist Terry Hall since 1981's "Ghost Town" single
You wouldn’t expect the ’70s’ premier ska-punk band to return after 20 years out of the studio having transformed themselves into a cutting edge psych grime act – ‘Encore’ essentially mingles mellowed ska and reggae with funk disco, Latin hints and spoken-word pieces – but initially you might fear their socio-political edge has dulled
Universal Music, Island Records. Vinyl, CD, DL. Release date: Friday 1st February. After 37 years from the release of Ghost Town, The Specials are back with Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, Horace Panter and co with this modern uptake on life in Britain and how it’s (not) changed much from the bleak times of the late seventies, early eighties. This album is gonna divide opinion. The purists out there will say oooh, The Specials aren’t The Specials without Jerry Dammers or Neville Staple Ok, point taken. They were a crucial part to the band at that time, however things move on. Just remember, they all had an input, and to me Terry Hall was that crucial element with his unique vocal that sounds so familiar even today. You may miss the great toasting from Neville and the pure ska look of Dammers but move on.
A welcome return for the specials. after the sour taste the last few releases have left me with (Today's specials is diabolical and guilty til proved innocent sounds nothing like a specials album) its good to see Terry back in the mix. The covers are the usual Specials fare but their own compositions (Embarrassed by you, Vote for me BLM) are absolute scorchers. I can only track i can say i'm not fond of is the 10 commandments to say the backing is fabulous. Like most fans, i can say its a shame original members Staples, Byers and Dammers aren't on this but its a good album with.
Entitled Encore, the new album is due out on 1 February 2019 and it follows 2001’s Conquering Ruler. It also features the group’s first original material since 1998’s Guilty ’til Proven Innocent! Encore also marks the return of original lead vocalist Terry Hall, who entered the studio with the band for the first time since 1981’s classic ‘Ghost Town’. Originally known as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials formed in Coventry in 1977. Combining ska, reggae and rocksteady with punk energy, the band helped pioneer the 2-Tone sound and they enjoyed considerable success in the late 1979s and early ‘80s. In 1980, ‘Too Much Too Young’, the lead track on their The Special AKA Live!
Encore is at its best when it leaves the Specials’ past behind and faces forward. A cover of the Equals’ Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys is a tip of the hat to Eddy Grant’s pioneering multiracial band, and unlike anything the Specials have released before, offering impressively taut funk in the place of Jamaican rhythms. There’s something appealingly odd about the music that supports Hall’s examination of his struggles with mental health on The Life and Times. It’s an unequivocal triumph on an album that mixes the great and the so-so, the former outweighing the latter enough to appease fans, if not, one suspects, ex-bandmates. And We Sell Hope’s title fits: while it plays, the Specials sound like a band with a future, not just an illustrious past. This week Alexis listened to.
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The Specials’ first album of new material in 37 years, Encore is their first ever UK Number 1 album, clocking up 89% physical sales and, coincidentally, it’s 39 years ago this week since their single Too Much Too Young topped the Official Singles Chart. Check out their full Official Charts history here. Receiving the award, The Specials told OfficialCharts. com, Recording the album has been one of the most amazing trips of our lives. Busted are runners-up with Half Way There, their third album to reach Number 2 – 2002’s self-titled debut and 2003’s A Present For Everyone also just missed the top spot on the Official Albums Chart. Another three brand new albums end their first week in the Top 10: Ripples by Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown (4), London rapper Fredo’s first full-length album Third Avenue (5), and Claire Richards’ debut solo project My Wildest Dreams (9). MORE: Every Official Albums Chart Number 1.
The 10-song LP, fittingly titled 'Encore', represents the first new music that Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter have recorded together since 1981's UK number one single 'Ghost Town'. The new album was produced by The Specials' founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter alongside Nikolaj Torp Larsen, who will be familiar to fans as the band's keyboardist on recent tours. Those who have already heard the new material have praised the mix of new songs and reinventions of existing classics.
|Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys||3:18|
|Vote For Me||5:01|
|Blam Blam Fever||2:46|
|Embarrassed By You||3:05|
|The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)||5:27|
|We Sell Hope||4:36|
|A Message To You, Rudy||2:51|
|Friday Night, Saturday Morning||3:16|
|Too Much Too Young||2:04|
|Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)||3:33|
|All The Time In The World||3:25|
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