Thursday, 29 March 2012

#06 The Specials - Paradiso, Amsterdam 1980 (Flac)

The Specials - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
21 January 1980

Time: 50:45 
Lineage: FM Radio 2 NL, 9 Jan. 2009 (Denon TU-460) > PC > CD Wave (track splits) > Flac 6 (TLH).

Re-broadcast on Dutch radio station, Radio 2 almost nineteen years later, perhaps in celebration of the news that the band would be touring later in the year to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Sadly the old divisions would remain and Jerry Dammers their main songwriter would not take part with both sides claiming different stories as to the reason why.

Back in time, early in 1980 and riding on the crest of the massive success of the 2 tone revival we can hear the band on their European tour playing the debut album complete with just the exception of Little Bitch.  Add in singles like Gangsters and Rat Race and you have a perfect live document of the band.

As the reformed Specials are still going strong and playing live dates this year it's a good time to post this one. Stunning sound quality and performance

1.        (Dawning Of A) New Era
2.        Do The Dog
3.        It’s Up To You
4.        Monkey Man
5.        Rat Race
6.        Blank Expression
7.        Rude Boys Outta Jail
8.        Concrete Jungle
9.        It’s Too Hot
10.     Doesn’t Make It Alright
11.     Stupid Marriage
12.     Too Much Too Young
13.     A Message To You Rudy
14.     Nite Klub
15.     Gangsters
16.    You’re Wondering Now

the band

Terry Hall - vocals

Jerry Dammers - keyboards
Lynval Golding - rhythm guitar, vocals
Neville Staple - vocals, percussion
Roddy Byers - lead guitar
Horace Panter - bass guitar
John Bradbury - drums


  1. Great! Btw, will the 'Stones be reposted?

  2. Thanks, yes the Stones post will be re-upped in a few weeks time, I will check it to make sure there are no problems like the last time!

  3. Very nice, thank you :) I am rather interested in it.

  4. Excellent! --thank you for this --seems to be a year for reunions -the Beat are reformed again and touring as well (only original member is Dave Wakeling though..)

  5. There's a variation of the Beat touring with Ranking Roger and I think the original drummer, it would be something special if the complete original group that recorded the debut album would reform.
    A lot of bands make more money now through live performance than they did way back in the late 70's - early 80's because of the massive interest in live shows and from young people that never got the chance to see some of the greats.
    As an example of costs I bought London Calling for £5, it cost me £3.50 to see the Clash live.
    To survive nowadays groups now need live performance takings because of the drop in cd sales etc.
    Then again record companies could easily slash the cost of cds, with better promotion there would be an surge in sales

  6. This is great! Listening to it now! Love this disc and your blog!

    - D55

  7. Thanks again for another great upload.