To celebrate The Specials’ appearance at the Hyde Park Olympic Games Concert (alongside Blur and New Order), representing the best of British music, EMI will release a live document of the band on the 6th August titled: ‘More… Or Less. The Specials Live’ – the ‘best of the best’ tracks taken from their 2011 European tour dates.
As one of the UK’s most important and influential bands of all-time, The Specials’ recent reformation and subsequent live shows were a culturally defining event as the multi-racial band who brought the world the revolutionary 2-Tone movement, fusing punk and ska and much more besides, toured the UK and Europe playing to tens of thousands of people, many of whom never got to see this remarkable band in their heyday.
The Specials have always been considered one of the UK’s greatest, most incendiary live bands and this 26 song, 2CD collection (also available on double vinyl) proves what became legend was always true, then, and, once again, now. The band played sell-out show after sell out-show, starting off in Amsterdam and embarking on a roughly clockwise trek around Europe, taking in shows in Berlin, Munich, Milan, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris and Brussels, and then moving onto the UK (playing shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Cardiff, Coventry, London and more).
It’s a live set of exceptional quality, and this new album was recorded at different venues in Europe & the UK during the 2011 tour. The band themselves have selected the best of all the live recordings available. It’s a set in which the audience play a crucial role, cheering the band on and singing on many tracks, but always adding to the excitement rather than proving a distraction. And the songs – about race, unemployment, or the importance of have a great time – still sound as rousing, thoughtful and relevant as ever.
The tracklisting for the Double CD is:
A Message To You Rudy
Do The Dog
It’s Up To You
Doesn’t Make It Alright
(Dawning Of A) New Era
Too Much Too Young
You’re Wondering Now
Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)
Man At C&A
Hey Little Rich Girl
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
International Jet Set
Guns Of Navarone