May 21, 2013 – 4:59 am

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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.

Simmdale noted:

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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  1. 12 Responses to “THE SPECIALS - TOKYO 1980”

  2. hey bigo, will get. thanks! i have another specials show i found two years ago from boston 1.30.80. it’s a good one. i also have hurrah’s nyc, ny 82 on a tape. i’d love to have mp3’s of it and their peel sessions. it’s on the same tape.

    i’ll fix some of these song titles and post them.


    By Ed Saad on May 21, 2013

  3. hey bigo, it should be:

    (dawning of a) new era
    i’ve seen it listed rude boys outta jail and outa jail. i forget how i have it on boston.
    now i don’t know what luckel is.
    a message to you, rudy

    the rest appear to be correct.

    By Ed Saad on May 21, 2013

  4. i have rude boys outta jail, and, as far as i know, it’s sterotype not plural.

    if somebody can help with luckel, that’d be good. thanks.

    By Ed Saad on May 21, 2013

  5. R.I.P. Ray Manzarek… sad news

    By Lobo on May 21, 2013

  6. yes bile duct cancer. age 74.. incredible. first rock star death that i know of to that condition. his wife and 2 kids by his side in germany.

    By darth on May 21, 2013

  7. Thanks a lot Big O.

    Luckel in in fact “Raquel”, (as in the lyric ‘Raquel, go to hell’)

    And as the guys are being soooo pedantic about it, it’s actually “Rude Boys Outa Jail” and “Nite Klub” hehe.

    Thanks again.

    By Si on May 21, 2013

  8. hey si, i printed out the tracklist, made the necessary corrections on it, and nite klub is correct on it. however, navarone is spelled wrong.

    thanks for raquel. yes, i know that song.


    By Ed Saad on May 21, 2013

  9. Thanks for this one. I’ve seen the Specials live twice - always a good time.

    By Eric on May 22, 2013

  10. I saw the Specials twice as well. First time August 1978 at a tiny club called Al Capone’s in Bournemouth (that’s UK, of course) with Elvis Costello in the audience, and then on the Two Tone Tour in October 1979 - the latter a magical gig, with seemingly everyone in the right clobber. The apogee of a short era.

    By Adam Smith on May 22, 2013

  11. I think I was at this one. 19 and drunk. Fun times. Bron may have even been involved.

    By Rich on Jul 31, 2013

  12. I like this

    By Lucila Mckenrick on Oct 3, 2014

  13. Thank you !

    By mrbelette on Nov 29, 2016

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