The Specials – Protest Songs – 1924-2012 (Vinyl)

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Title : The Specials – Protest Songs – 1924-2012. Format : Vinyl Record. Label : UMC. Cat Num : 3840701. Barcode : 0602438407019

Release Date : September 24th 2021

The Specials, who enjoyed a triumphant 2019 with the release of the critically acclaimed “Encore”, their first ever number 1 album, make a very timely return with the release of their brand new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”. Released on September 24th through their new label Island Records, the album features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!

The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. It’s fitting, then, that in 2021, at a time when the world is riven with social, racial and political unrest, that the Specials have made this album of Protest Songs and are once again reflecting the society we live in and taking a stand against all forms of injustice. A typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama, the album is a powerful reminder that there are no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”

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Title : The Specials – Protest Songs – 1924-2012. Format : Vinyl Record. Label : UMC. Cat Num : 3840701. Barcode : 0602438407019

Release Date : September 24th 2021

The Specials, who enjoyed a triumphant 2019 with the release of the critically acclaimed “Encore”, their first ever number 1 album, make a very timely return with the release of their brand new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”. Released on September 24th through their new label Island Records, the album features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!

The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. It’s fitting, then, that in 2021, at a time when the world is riven with social, racial and political unrest, that the Specials have made this album of Protest Songs and are once again reflecting the society we live in and taking a stand against all forms of injustice. A typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama, the album is a powerful reminder that there are no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”

Tracklist:

  1. ‘Freedom Highway’ (The Staple Singers)
    2. ‘Everybody Knows’ (Leonard Cohen)
    3. ‘I Don’t Mind Failing In This World’ (Malvina Reynolds)
    4. ‘Black, Brown And White’ (Big Bill Broonzy)
    5. ‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around’ (traditional)
    6. ‘Fuck All The Perfect People’ (Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians)
    7. ‘My Next Door Neighbour’
    8. ‘Trouble Every Day’ (Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention)
    9. ‘Listening Wind’ (Talking Heads)
    10. ‘Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes’ (Rod McKuen)
    11. ‘I Live In A City’ (Malvina Reynolds)
    12. ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ (Bob Marley)