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The Specials - Encore album

The Specials - Encore album
Performer: The Specials
Genre: Rock / Reggae
Title: Encore
FLAC album size: 1210
Style: Ska, New Wave
Country: Europe
Released: 2019

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
B.L.M. 5:05
Vote For Me 5:01
The Lunatics 3:35
Breaking Point 3:56
Blam Blam Fever 2:46
10 Commandments 3:53
Embarrassed By You 3:05
The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression) 5:27
We Sell Hope 4:36
Gangsters 3:13
A Message To You, Rudy 2:51
Nite Klub 4:49
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 3:16
Stereotype 4:42
Redemption Song 3:53
Monkey Man 2:38
Too Much Too Young 2:04
Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) 3:33
Ghost Town 5:40
All The Time In The World 3:25


Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
00602577210907, 7721090 The Specials Encore ‎(2xCD, Album) Island Records, UMC 00602577210907, 7721090 Europe 2019
B0029608-02 The Specials Encore ‎(2xCD, Album) Island Records B0029608-02 US 2019
B0029643-02 The Specials Encore ‎(CD, Album) Island Records B0029643-02 US 2019
7721103, 00602577211034 The Specials Encore ‎(LP, Album) Island Records, Universal UMC 7721103, 00602577211034 Europe 2019
7721104, 00602577211041 The Specials Encore ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Island Records, Universal UMC 7721104, 00602577211041 Europe 2019

This is one excellent sounding pressing-- and it benefits from being cranked up. Smooth and warm sounding. An excellent album by The Specials -- and who was expecting this after a 37 year absence? They're tapped into now, into today, into neo-Thatcherism-- and have kept their punk and ska sensibilities fully intact. Nice! BTW-- the vinyl is clean, flat and near silent. A superb pressing.
My CD sounds a bit dull in the mix. Same with my friends LP as well. Have you noticed this too?
B.L.M. is a very hip and groovy number with a strong message around diversity and inclusion. It will certainly get your fingers clicking! However my mam was NOT impressed with Lynval Golding's flagrant use of foul language. Although I begged her not to, she has written a letter to Island records voicing her dismay and requesting the album to be withdrawn from sale. So buy LP while you can, as it may not be available much longer if my mam gets her way!!
Liking Terry's presence on this collection. 'The Life and Times' is a very special Specials song. Great to find the original spark of creativity and politics returning in new forms 40 years later (even if tbh it does sounds too 'manicured' on some cuts). Now, can you all just have a coffee with Jerry?
Theres more "Limited Editions" for sale than Standard Versions,have we been conned again!
40 years or so and the covers blank.guess they didn't have time.I got it how about a few white vinyl ones perhaps.. Ill support them by purchasing just because the download cant be spun holding the corners. records used to be more interesting, just observation not review 30 years from now ill remember what was happening when Encore was pressed.
Slowly writer
How much of these were pressed and where available to order?
Thx! I think I grabbed their last copy. It showed as sold out minutes after I secured my order (which arrived within a week from Canada).
They made 1000 and were available to order from UMC. all sold out fairly quickly
If I remember correctly it was limited to 1000 copies
Freaky Hook
Found at musicvaultz, seems still available.Encore (Colored LP) The Specials
Obviously very limited - sold out via the official store:*/Music/Encore-Exclusive-Limited-Edition-White-Vinyl/602S0KS2000
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 a serious message. it may not be for everyone but for most the album they waited for. 8/10
Uh, so, what's with the 10 Commandments? Is this person in the Specials now? Weird thing about this song, it's like those people who post comments specifically stating how pointless and utterly useless the 'whatever' it is they're now expending effort to comment on. Up at 3am watching idiots whine on YouTube. Uh-huh, but you're the one who stayed up all night glued to a screen watching the idiots. Kinda begging the question.
Thanks for the link. Touring with the Specials, not bad at all.
"Uh, so, what's with the 10 Commandments? Is this person in the Specials now?"
It took me a few listens, but once I found the groove and accepted it sounding different than my expectations, I’ve come to quite like it.You might be right that it’s not Rhoda.
And while I think Rhoda is great (Boiler, anyone?), I believe Saffiyah Khan provides the vocals on this track
Zeks Horde
Yep, I know what she's doing, I'm just being snarky. I find the new release, from the cover to the overall tone and tempo of the album, to be depressing. And in my despair I brought the snark. I like my dissatisfaction and anti-racism delivered with a snappy beat, I guess.
Rhoda Dakar has a fairly well established background with the Specials, as well as leading vocals of the Bodysnatchers. The song is addressing Prince Buster’s song Ten Commandments, which despite my love for The Godfather of Ska, is rather sexist. She is simply stating that she doesn’t need men for validation or to tell her how to be a woman. And c’mon, we all watch stupid shit on YouTube we disagree with - it’s kinda what it’s for.
Wow, sure went all out on that cover. Heard first single, "Vote For Me." Sounds like sketches of Ghost Town.
"Vote For Me:" Rocksteady, isn't it? Lunatics: Too. Style of Lunatics: a mixture between tango and rocksteady. Great!
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