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The Specials: 30th Anniversary Tour - Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 01 March 2010

Format: DVD | Rating: Exempt from Classification

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The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combined a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups.

The group was formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, with Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals) and a rhythm section. The band wore mod-style '60s-period rude-boy outfits (porkpie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers). In 1979, the song 'Too Much Too Young' reached the number one spot in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single 'Ghost Town' single also hit number one in the UK. Their music is featured in many film and television soundtracks.

After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up. In 2008, it was announced that the band would reform and embark on a 30th anniversary tour in 2009.

This concert was filmed at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in front of an adoring home crowd, the show was the biggest revival story of 2009 and the first time the band had been captured in concert for 28 years. With a 30th Anniversary set packed full of energy and hits, and a set of musicians on top of their game, it's a memorable record of a band who defined an era.

Set List:

1. Do The Dog
2. Dawning Of A New Era
3. Gangsters
4. It's Up To You
5. Monkey Man
6. Rat Race
7. Hey, Little Rich Girl
8. Blank Expression
9. Doesn't Make It Alright
10. Stupid Marriage
11. Concrete Jungle
12. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
13. Stereotypes
14. Man At C&A
15. A Message To You Rudy
16. Do Nothing
17. Little Bitch
18. Nite Klub
19. Too Much Too Young
20. Longshot/ Liquidator/ Moonstomp
21. Enjoy Yourself
22. Ghost Town
23. Guns Of Navarone
24. You're Wondering Now
  • Region 0
  • 2 Tone Black & White concert version,
  • Photo gallery

customer Reviews

 Average rating (3 reviews)

 Buy This Now!!!!

| | See all WolvoYid's reviews (1)

i went the night before at the civic hall in wolverhampton and what a band as good as if not better than they were in the late 70's this dvd contains all the classics including ghost town and gangsters , warning this dvd needs to be played loud so you might upset a few neighbours as i have lol.

 A Well Welcomed Return to the Ska Legends!

| | See all dollar88's reviews (3)

I went to see The Specials during the same tour as they filmed this show, and to be honest. I was in pure amazment.
The bags of energy each of the members have to deliver a fantastic stage performance.
Well worth buying for any fan of The Specials or Ska.

 triumphant return!!!!!

| | See all niro60's reviews (12)

Received this from Play today, and have already watched. This gig is fantastic. All Specials tracks here, and all sounding as great as they did 30 years ago. The documentary is really interesting too, seen mainly through the perspective of fans today. Roll on October, when i'll be seeing them at Plymouth, for the first time, cant wait!Any fan of the Specials will not be disappointed with these DVDs, pure brilliance!!!!!!

CertificateExempt from Classification
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 24 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.