Oct 19, 2016

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Today's post is about a label, 2 Tone was a late-1970s ska revival in the United Kingdom led by Jerry Dammers and The Specials. It fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. Its name came from the record label that Dammers founded, 2 Tone Records as well as a desire to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. Although 2 Tone's mainstream commercial appeal was largely limited to the UK, it influenced the North American ska punk movement (also known as third wave ska) in the 1980s and 1990s.....N'Joy

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The 2 Tone sound was developed by young musicians in Coventry, West Midlands, England who grew up hearing 1960s Jamaican music. They combined influences from ska, reggae and rocksteady with elements of punk rock and new wave. Bands considered part of the genre include: The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers.

Jerry Dammers of the ska revival band The Specials started the record label in 1979. It spawned the 2 Tone music and cultural movement, which was popular among skinheads, rudies and some mod revivalists. The label stopped operating when The Specials split in 1985. 2 Tone Records signed The Selecter, Madness and The Beat, but they all left within two years. 2 Tone Records acts signed a contract that allowed them to leave the label after releasing just one single, which was unusual in the record industry. Madness and The Beat both took advantage of this clause; the former to sign to Stiff Records, and the latter to start their own label, Go Feet Records.

Although 2 Tone Records was closely identified with the ska revival, efforts were made to broaden the label's musical output, releasing recordings by artists such as singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and the funk-punk band The Higsons. Two bands that almost made it onto the label were UB40 and Dexys Midnight Runners.

Jerry Dammers, with the assistance of Horace Panter, created artwork that was to become central to 2 Tone Records. The Walt Jabsco logo portrays a man in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, pork pie hat, white socks and black loafers. The fictional character was based on a photograph of Peter Tosh, a former member of The Wailers

On 1 October 2010, the 2-Tone Central museum, cafe and venue opened in the Coventry University Students' Union building, and by August 2011, it was moved to the 2-Tone Village in Stoke, Coventry It includes exhibition space, the Coventry Music Wall of Fame, a cafe, a gift shop, a Caribbean restaurant and a music venue. Many of the items on display are on loan from members of The Selecter, The Beat and The Specials.


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The Compact 2 Tone Story 1   (flac  279mb)

01 The Special A.K.A. - Gangsters 2:49
02 The Selecter - The Selecter 3:01
03 Madness - The Prince 2:31
04 The Selecter - On My Radio 3:14
05 The Specials Featuring Rico - A Message To You Rudy 2:55
06 The Beat - Tears Of A Clown 2:43
07 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down 2:07
08 The Specials - Too Much Too Young 2:06
09 The Selecter - Three Minute Hero 3:04
10 The Bodysnatchers - People Do Rock Steady 2:57
11 The Selecter - Missing Words 3:22
12 The Specials - Rat Race 3:10
13 The Bodysnatchers - Easy Life 3:14
14 The Specials - Stereotype 3:53
15 The Swinging Cats - Mantovani 3:17

The Compact 2 Tone Story 1   (ogg  103mb)

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The Compact 2 Tone Story 2 (flac 383mb)

01  Rico - Sea Cruise 3:02
02 The Specials Feat. Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds - Do Nothing 3:41
03 The Specials - Ghost Town 3:41
04 Rhoda With The Special A.K.A. - The Boiler 5:44
05 Rico & The Special A.K.A. - Jungle Music 4:02
06 The Appolinaires - The Feeling's Gone (Dance Mix)/The Feeling's Back 8:32
07 The Higsons - Tear The Whole Thing Down 3:31
08 The Appolinaires - Envy The Love 4:02
09 The Special A.K.A. - War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same) 4:02
10 The Higsons - Run Me Down 3:52
11 The Special A.K.A. - Racist Friend 3:37
12 The Special A.K.A. - Nelson Mandela 4:15
13 The Special A.K.A. - What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend 4:03
14 The Friday Club  - Window Shopping 3:53
15 J.B.'s Allstars - The Alphabet Army 3:08

The Compact 2 Tone Story 2   (ogg  143mb)

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The Compact 2 Tone Story 3 (flac 353mb)

01 Madness - Madness 2:26
02 The Selecter - Too Much Pressure 2:51
03 The Specials Featuring Rico - Nite Klub 3:09
04 The Beat - Ranking Full Stop 2:51
05 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Girls Talk 1:56
06 The Specials - Guns Of Navarone 2:20
07 The Specials - Longshot Kick The Bucket/Liquidator/Skinhead Moonstomp 6:40
08 The Selecter - James Bond 2:19
09 The Bodysnatchers - Ruder Than You 2:52
10 The Selecter - Carry Go Bring Come (Live 1979) 3:13
11 The Specials - Rude Boys Outa Jail 2:42
12 The Bodysnatchers - Too Experienced 2:34
13 The Specials - International Jet Set 4:16
14 The Swinging Cats - Away 3:14
15 Rico - Carolina 4:18
16 The Specials - Maggie's Farm 3:33
17 The Specials - Why 2:56
18 The Specials - Friday Night, Saturday Morning 3:33

The Compact 2 Tone Story 3  (ogg  133mb)

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The Compact 2 Tone Story 4 (flac 465mb)

01 Rhoda With The Special A.K.A. - Theme From The Boiler 4:12
02 Rico And The Special A.K.A. - Rasta Call You 3:38
03 Rico And The Special A.K.A. - Easter Island 4:10
04 The Appolinaires - The Feeling's Gone 3:49
05 The Appolinaires - The Bongo Medley (Extremely Long Version) 2:51
06 The Higsons - Ylang Ylang 4:55
07 The Appolinaires - Give It Up 3:32
08 The Special A.K.A. - Version 3:44
09 The Higsons - Put The Punk Back Into Funk 5:25
10 The Special A.K.A. - Bright Lights 4:07
11 The Special A.K.A. - Rascist Friend (Instrumental) 4:07
12 The Special A.K.A. - Bright Lights (Instrumental) 4:38
13 The Special A.K.A. - Break Down The Door 3:49
14 The Special A.K.A. - Can't Get A Break 4:56
15 The Friday Club - Window Shopping (Instrumental) 3:17
16 J.B.'s Allstars - Al Arm 3:36
17 Roddy Radiation & The Specials - Braggin' And Tryin' Not To Lie 3:24
18 Neville Staples AKA Judge Roughneck - Rude Boys Outa Jail (Version) 4:07
19 The Special A.K.A. - Racquel 1:58
20 The Bodysnatchers - 007 3:32

The Compact 2 Tone Story 4   (ogg  176mb)

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