This Are Two Tone

Format: LP

Label: Chrysalis

Country: US

Year: 1983

Price paid: $10

Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY


By the time this compilation was released (1983) the public’s love affair with ska was past it’s prime. It did see some UK chart action, but despite big names like The Specials and English Beat it only peaked at #51. That being said, it’s a nice compilation to have, and a good overview of the 2-Tone sound.

Interestingly the album was released in both pink and blue. I’m quite fond of the striking album art as it captures the feel of an even older (1960s) period.

Album tracks:

A side
The Special AKA – Gangsters
Madness – Madness
The Selecter – On My Radio 
The Beat – Tears of a Clown 
The Specials – Rudi, A Message to You 
The Selecter – Too Much Pressure 
The Bodysnatchers – Too Experienced 
The Beat – Rankin Full Stop 
The Specials – Too Much Too Young

B side
The Selecter – The Selecter 
The Specials – Stereotype 
The Swinging Cats – Mantovani 
The Specials – Do Nothing 
Rico & The Special AKA – Jungle Music 
Rhoda Dakar & The Special AKA – The Boiler 
The Specials – Ghost Town


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