Tokyo 1980 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Carnival House, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Japan; July 20, 1980. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.
With their bouncy beat, ska certainly offers some of the best party music around. Yet, for this Coventry band (sometimes called The Special AKA), politics has always been part and parcel of the group. According to founder Jerry Dammers, anti-racism was intrinsic to the formation of The Specials, in that the band was formed with the goal of integrating black and white people (wikipedia). If not, why would they write a song called Free Nelson Mandela?
Thanks to Simmdale for sharing the tracks at The Hunger City.
Here we go with one of the best of those [ska] bands caught spreading that genre to Japan and enjoying immense popularity while doing it there. This particular show is one that has bootlegged for many, many years, and in all formats. I am definitely not an expert of this recording or on any of the differing bootlegs… at all. I just know that I have had three versions of this show and, in my opinion, this was the best. So… there you go. This is the one I decided to archive until I get something better at any time in the future. Ska is the perfect Summer music… jamming, happy, upbeat… hell, it is just fun music…
Bootlegged several times as vinyls and CDs and the most common is the one called ‘Gangster’s Carnival’, also an incomplete version, just 15 songs, is available as video.
FM Broadcast, I think there are several actual captures that have been used as sources in the various bootlegs.
FM (unknown capture) > ? > CDR Trade > Sony Soundforge (DC offset and edit point adjustment) > DR testing with log > FLAC (level 8, align on sector boundaries, fileset titles named using standard archiving nomenclature and are fully tagged) > TLH > Upload
Thanks also to braggtopia! for the artwork.
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 01. Dawning Of A New Era (3.9MB)
Track 02. It’s Up To You (6.4MB)
Track 03. Rude Boy’s Outta Jail (4.2MB)
Track 04. Hey Little Rich Girl (6.7MB)
Track 05. Monkey Man (4.2MB)
Track 06. Blank Expression (3.4MB)
Track 07. Concrete Jungle (5.0MB)
Track 08. Stupid Marriage (8.0MB)
Track 09. Luckel (2.9MB)
Track 10. Too Hot (4.9MB)
Track 11. Rat Race (5.1MB)
Track 12. Guns Of Navarone (4.6MB)
Track 13. A Message To You Rudy (4.6MB)
Track 14. Do Nothing (6.2MB)
Track 15. Stereotypes (5.5MB)
Track 16. Do The Dog (3.4MB)
Track 17. Man At C&A (5.3MB)
Track 18. Too Much Too Young (3.4MB)
Track 19. Gangsters (7.2MB)
Track 20. Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think) (7.7MB)
Track 21. Skinhead Moonstomp (2.2MB)
Track 22. Nite Club (11.0MB)
Track 23. You’re Wondering Now (5.8MB)
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