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The Specials: The SpecialsThe Specials (1979)
Ska and Reggae
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: SumWonSumWon
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Albums like the Specials' eponymous 1979 debut are the reason music fans can justify spending large quantities of time perusing around in record shops or online holding onto hope that "that next great album" is out there just waiting to be found -- that album he or she can put on and listen to from .
Albums like the Specials' eponymous 1979 debut are the reason music fans can justify spending large quantities of time perusing around in record shops or online holding onto hope that "that next great album" is out there just waiting to be found -- that album he or she can put on and listen to from start to finish, again and again. Albums like this are capable of such motivation because of one simple rule: If it happens once, it can happen again. This album is one of those classics, plain and simple. The most sought-after moniker in all of art, a classic has to do two things: channel the past and provide inspiration for the future. The fruits of the past make available the seeds for the future in a very literal sense here. One spin through and anyone versed in late `80s / early `90s ska and punk will recognize the catalyst for later classics such as Operation Ivy's "Take Warning," Sublime's "Badfish" and the Bouncing Soul's "Fight to Live," among others (I'll let you discover which songs they're buried in). Equally, a listener knowledgeable of ska prior to 1979 will recognize the brilliantly performed covers scattered throughout.
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