The Specials – 30th Anniversary

The specials

One of the first albums I got with my own money was The Specials self-titled debut originally released by 2-Tone in Nov ’79, the full story on this release and all of the labels output is available here the band are touring on the 30th Anniversary but without Jerry Dammers on board I couldn’t get interested enough to splash out and go to one of the gigs, one nostalgia trip too many for me, but they’ve sold out a dozen shows, so fair play to the boys, I saw their performance on Later – Live recently and was underwhelmed to be honest.

As you were boys………………………

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For One Night Illegally – The History of the Bootleg

For one night only

 

There was a great show on Radio 4 recently , some interesting facts and a brief history of “Bootlegs”, a great listen for anyone who’s love of music verges on the obsessive.

“Writer and broadcaster David Hepworth charts the story of secret recordings, artist out-takes and demo tapes that make up the world of bootleg recordings, from Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder in 1969 to the file sharing internet sites of the 21st century, via the Beatles, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols and Led Zeppelin.David also talks to contemporary artists including Ryan Adams who have come to embrace the bootleggers, and hears from bootleggers of the 1960s and 70s who pitted their wits against security guards, the Feds and the record companies to get their unofficial releases out to the public”

You can listen here or here 

 

Or download and listen at your leisure here For One Night Illegally

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Jason Isbell & 400 Unit – NPR

Played this album to death since it’s release, it’s fast become one of my favourite releases of the last few years, it is that good. Jason and the band performed live at NPR back in Feb in support of the record, performing seven of the eleven tracks, my favourite track “Good” didn’t feature, but it doesn’t take the shine of this great set.
NPR Quote

“His new album, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, finds him completing his transformation from supporting player to frontman. A warm and gritty country-soul album, the disc showcases Isbell’s confident songwriting while referencing vintage soul and country”

The tracks sound as good live as they do on record, if you don’t own this album yet, you’re missing out.
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