"The Specials are one of the defining bands of the late 70's/early 80's along with Jerry Dammer's iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles. The band released 'Ghost Town' in June 1981, backed by 'Why?' and 'Friday Night Saturday Morning'. The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today. The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all. This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality." - Two-Tone Records
- 40th anniversary edition of 2-Tone ska band's bestselling 1981 single
- 180g black vinyl pressing
- half-speed remaster cut at 45RPM at Abbey Road Studios
- obi strip
- limited edition
- music label: Two-Tone Records 2021
- also available: The Selecter: Too Much Pressure - Indie Exclusive LP+7" | Rico: That Man Is Forward 180g LP | Rico: Jama Rico 180g LP
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