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WELCOME TO CLASSIC POP

AS WE CELEBRATE OUR HALF-CENTURY MILESTONE HERE AT CLASSIC POP, IT FEELS WHOLLY FITTING THAT WE MARK IT WITH WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A LANDMARK ALBUM. WHEN WE FIRST HEARD WHISPERS LAST AUTUMN THAT THE SPECIALS HAD RECONVENED IN THE STUDIO, WE WERE QUIETLY CONFIDENT THEY’D BE ABLE TO CRAFT A RECORD THAT COULD LIVE UP TO THEIR IMPRESSIVE LEGACY. HOWEVER, THEY’VE FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS – AND MANY MORE PEOPLE BESIDES, NO DOUBT – WITH THE ASTONISHING ENCORE.

We’ve been living with the album for several weeks now and can’t remember the last time we were so excited about a new release.

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