Miss Upsetter’s Retro Vinyl Review: The Specials “More Specials”
Welcome to another edition of Miss Upsetter’s Retro Vinyl Review! Miss Upsetter is originally from Arizona where she was very involved with the ska scene and used to run the now-defunct ska site Get Up Edina! Being the vinyl junkie that she is, she posted many quick-hit reviews of some classic ska and reggae albums on that site. We have unearthed these reviews and will share as many as we can for a somewhat daily review segment.
Today’s review is of the album More Specials by The Specials (2-Tone Records):
This album definitely shows The Specials transition to maturity and heading toward the “muzak” sound that Terry Hall wanted. I actually like this album the more out of their two full-lenghs. Songs like “Sock it to em J.B” and “Man at C&A” constantly get stuck in my head. I’ve heard people argue that this album was “a terrible attempt” at a musical transition for the band, but I beg to differ. I think in comparison to their self-titled album, this one shows a lot more creativity and breaks away from the same old songs that they covered.