Monday, May 9, 2022

The Specials - BBC Sessions, Volume 2- In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, Britain, 12-15-1979

A while back, I posted Volume 1 of the Specials performing for the BBC. That consisted entirely of BBC studio sessions from 1979 and 1980. This consists of many of the same songs, except this time they're from a live concert broadcast by the BBC. If you want a live album of the band when they were doing their early, energetic ska stuff, this has both top notch sound quality and performance.

There's not much else to say, so I'll keep it short. I do have a Volume 3 coming, that deals with more studio sessions from 1981 to 1984.

The one bummer about this is that it's rather short, at only 34 minutes. But I believe it's the full show, as that was all the time the BBC gave them, and there were other acts on the bill.

01 [Dawning of a] New Era (Specials)
02 Do the Dog (Specials)
03 Rat Race (Specials)
04 Blank Expression (Specials)
05 Rude Boys Outa Jail (Specials)
06 Concrete Jungle (Specials)
07 Too Much Too Young (Specials)
08 Guns of Navarone (Specials)
09 Nite Klub (Specials)
10 Gangsters (Specials)
11 Long Shot Kick de Bucket - Skinhead Moonstomp (Specials) 

The cover photo obviously shows the Specials being filmed for some TV performance, but I don't know the details.


  1. Paul
    I love your site and all the great things you bring to us. But one thing that I notice you do is use the phrase Britain. As an Englishman living in the States I want to let you know that that is the wrong name. Britain was England Scotland Wales and a portion of what is now France. Great Britain was used for just the first 3, and now the correct name Is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Usually written as just United Kingdom or UK.
    I don't suppose you will need to publish this. Just a note from an admirer not meant as a criticism.

    1. In the US, it commonly means the same thing as the UK. Here's what Wikipedia says:

      Britain most often refers to:

      United Kingdom, a sovereign state in Europe comprising the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands
      Great Britain, the largest island in the United Kingdom