I started to record the albums I was playing in February 2015 because I realised that there could well be a difference between those albums I think are excellent and those that I turn to play time after time.
The full listings of what I played are shown on these pages:
– February 2015 – March 2015 – April 2015 – May 2015 – June 2015 – July 2015 – August 2015 – September 2015 – October 2015 – November 2015 – December 2015
No albums played this month.
April to June 2015
No albums played in these months.
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In The Mood For Ska The Moonska Years is an album by The Skatalites.
It includes songs recorded live at the 1996 Ska Splash Festival.
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Madstock is a live album and DVD by Madness.
It was recorded at Finsbury Park, London on the 8th and 9th of August 1992.
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I like Two Tone and ska so I think it’s worth getting full albums by The Specials, The Beat and Madness but others might prefer a live collection like Live From Planet Ska: The Best Of British Ska Live.
This collects together live performances from The Specials, The Selecter, The Special Beat and Bad Manners but I have two issues:
- Using tracks by Special Beat rather than the (English) Beat knocks down its authenticity.
- The absence of the early Madness songs that helped to popularise Two Tone in the late 1970s.
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More Or Less The Specials Live is a live album by The Specials.
It was recorded on their UK and European tour in 2011 and was released in 2012.
While this reunion band didn’t include the main songwriter Jerry Dammers, it did include many of their 1979 band.
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Ghost Town Live is a live album by The Specials.
It was recorded at Montreux, Switzerland in 1995 and captures the group in their first reunion in the mid 1990s. It was released in 1999.
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The Selecter & The Specials BBC Radio 1 in Concert is a combined special 2 Tone concert recorded by the BBC.
It was recorded at the Paris Theatre in London on the 5th December 1979 according to Discogs. However the BBC have released a very similar recording for The Specials and said it was recorded at the Palace Theatre on the 15th December 1979.
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Blue Plate Specials Live is a live album by The Specials.
It brings together two live recordings by the group. The first eight tracks come from around about 1980 but the remainder come from an earlier time when they were probably called The Coventry Automatics or The Special AKA.
This earlier show reveals a transition phase between more conventional rock and their well known ska/reggae sound.
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Don’t Knock the Baldhead Live is a live album by Bad Manners.
It was recorded at two concerts in Scandinavia in the summer of 1996 and was released in 1997. It has since been re-released under a different title – Feel Like Jumping! Greatest Hits Live!.
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The Specials BBC In Concert 15th December 1979 is a live recording by The Specials.
It was recorded by the BBC at the Paris Theatre on 15 December 1979.
These songs appear to be the same as those that appeared on combined BBC 2 Tone In Concert album by The Selector and The Specials that Discogs says was recorded at the Palace Theatre on the 5th December 1979. They may be different but it seems unlikely to me.
While Live at the Moonlight Club was released six months before their debut album was released, this was recorded a month afterwards.
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