Hidden gem unearthed

One of the most bootlegged concerts in the history of 2-Tone records is set to see the light of day with The Specials 'Live At The Moonlight Club'.

The Specials remain one of Britain's best loved acts. Now into the 30th anniversary of their first single 'Gangsters' the group are set to embark on a re-union tour.

Before then, however, fans can indulge in a bit of nostalgia with the long awaited official release of 'Live At The Moonlight Club'. A snapshot of a time when 2-Tone was still a little known cult affair, it contains the bulk of the band's then live set.

The Specials mixed punk with Jamaican music to produce arguably the definitive soundtrack of Britain on the cusp of the 80s. The new live album contains reggae classics such as Toots & The Maytals 'Monkey Man' and The Pioneers 'Long Shot Kick De Bucket'.

Recorded on the night before Margaret Thatcher won her first election to become Prime Minister, this is a stunningly evocative document of an era that seems to resonate today.

The Specials live album 'Live At The Moonlight Club' is due to be released on April 20th. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. It's Up To You
2. Do The Dog
3. Monkey Man
4. Blank Expressions
5. Nite Klub
6. Concrete Jungle
7. Too Hot
8. Too Much Too Young
9. Little Bitch
10. Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)

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