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.
Songs On Live From Planet Ska
1. Gangsters – The Specials
2. Three Minute Hero – The Selecter
3. Tears Of A Clown – Special Beat
4. Special Brew – Bad Manners
5. Too Much Too Young – The Specials
6. Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners
7. James Bond – The Selecter
8. Rankin’ Full Stop – Special Beat
9. Mirror In The Bathroom – Special Beat
10. Do The Dog – The Specials
11. Too Nice To Talk To – Special Beat
12. My Girl Lollipop – Bad Manners
13. Too Much Pressure – The Selecter
14. Rat Race – Special Beat
15. Skinhead Moonstomp – The Specials
16. On My Radio – The Selecter
Buying Live From Planet Ska
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
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