Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best of the 70's: The Specials by The Specials

The SpecialsThe fun part about listening to these older albums is hearing all of the influences.  You can understand why these album have been picked to stand out as they all play important parts in influencing what would follow. 

This album currently sits at number 93 on the Best of the 70's list.  It came out in 1979 and combined ska with the current day punk elements.  It made a big splash in the UK.  When I first heard No Doubt on the radio back in 1995 I had no idea The Specials had ever existed, but hearing them now I know they were a huge influence on No Doubt and other bands like them. 

Me personally I'm not a huge ska fan, but I can only imagine how earth shattering this was back in 1979.  There was nothing that anybody had done that sounded anything like this, and that is why this album is now one of the top 100 albums of the 1970's.

If you want to have a dance party and a cookout in your back yard, I think this would be a good choice to throw on. 

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.


  1. Oh, man, I hate this stuff.

  2. I like it fine. I always like horns like that ... in this, when the Cure used them, Otis Redding, Johnny Cash, Al Green, pretty much any time.