**PRE-ORDER** THE SPECIALS - Ghost Town - Half Speed Remastered - 7" Single Ltd To 4000 copies

**PRE-ORDER** THE SPECIALS - Ghost Town - Half Speed Remastered - 7" Single Ltd To 4000 copies

  • This is a pre-order with a release date of 4th June 2021
  • Your order is anticipated to be with you on or just after this release date.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE FOR THIS ITEM IS INCLUSIVE OF POSTAGE AND PACKAGING (UK ONLY)

Ltd to 4,000 units - 7”: Presented in a new 3mm 7spined sleeve, using the original iconic artwork and featuring the 2Tone 40th Anniversary Bellyband.

 

TRACK LISTING

Side A

1. Ghost Town (Single Version)

 

Side B

1. Why? (Edit) / 2. Friday Night, Saturday Morning


THE SPECIALS are one of the defining bands of the late 70s/early 80s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles.

 

Having had seven top 10 singles and two Gold albums over the course of two years, the band released Jerry DammersGhost Town in June 1981, backed by Lynval GoldingsWhy? and the Terry Hall penned Friday Night Saturday Morning.  The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today.

 

The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all.

 

This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality.

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