Unquestionably one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time mark the fortieth anniversary of their formation with their first set of new music for 37 years – but this isn’t just a retread of their glorious past or a tired repeat of ska tropes, instead it sees the gang (complete with Terry Hall) cock a very modern eye at what is around them and convert it into a funky mix of blues, soul, pop and reggae amongst much, much more.
Ten years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory, “Encore” was produced by Specials founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter alongside Danish musician/producer Torp Larsen and indeed is the first time Hall, Golding & Panter have recorded new material together since the band’s 1981 No.1 single Ghost Town.
- Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
- Vote For Me
- The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
- Breaking Point
- Blam Blam Fever
- The Ten Commandments
- Embarrassed By You
- The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression
- We Sell Hope
- The Best Of The Specials Live – Tracklisting TBC (2cd only)