The Specials announce new album

British 2-tone icons The Specials have announced their first album of original material in two decades. The band will release the new LP called Encore on February 1st, 2019 via UMC/Island.

Encore  will be the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent!. The lineup for the band on the Encore is Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Horace Panter, along with drummer Kenrick Rowe and guitarist Steve Cradock. It’s  the first time that founding members Panter,  Golding and  Hall have recorded together since 1981’s UK number one single Ghost Town.

New album Encore will include eight brand new tracks and two covers – an opening rendition of The Equals’ Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys and The Valentines’ Blam Blam Fever (also known as Gunsfever). The second song appeared earlier on the cover album Skinhead GirlPre-order the album on HMV.com – LP here  and CD here

Encore will be released on 12-inch vinyl and CD.  The CD edition of the album also includes a bonus disc featuring The Best of The Specials Live. 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys
  2. B.L.M.
  3. Vote For Me
  4. The Lunatics
  5. Breaking Point
  6. Blam Blam Fever
  7. 10 Commandments
  8. Embarrassed By You
  9. The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)
  10. We Sell Hope

The Specials have also announced a European tour for spring 2019 – the full list of dates below. 

March
29 / Cologne E Werk
30 / Brussels Ancienne Belgique

April
02 / Hamburg Grosse Freiheit
03 / Berlin Columbiahalle
05 / Amsterdam Paradiso
08 / Paris La Cigale
11 / Dublin Olympia Theatre
15 / Bournemouth O2 Academy
16 / Portsmouth Guildhall
17 / Brighton Dome
19 / Plymouth Pavilions
20 / Exeter Great Hall
21 / Cardiff Uni Great Hall
23 / Blackburn King George’s Hall
24 / Leicester De Montfort Hall
26 / Birmingham O2 Academy
27 / Liverpool Olympia
28 / Manchester Academy
30 / Leeds O2 Academy

May
01 / Carlisle Sands Centre
02 / Glasgow Barrowlands
04 / Newcastle 02 Academy
05 / Middlesbrough Town Hall
06 / Scarborough Spa Grand Hall
08 / Scunthorpe The Baths Hall
09 / York Barbican
10 / Sheffield O2 Academy
12 / Cambridge Corn Exchange
13 / Southend Cliff Pavilion
14 / Margate Winter Gardens
16 / London O2 Academy Brixton

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