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Digital Subscriptions > Long Live Vinyl > Mar 2019 > The Specials

The Specials

The Two-tone legends’ first release with original vocalist Terry Hall since 1980 is a triumph. John Earls revels in its splendor

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Nile Rodgers deciding Chic’s first album for 26 years should feature Emeli Sande and LunchMoney Lewis. Pixies playing far too nice on Indie Cindy. The Stone Roses failing to make an album at all… The recent history of comebacks hasn’t been pretty, so the bar hasn’t been set too high for The Specials’ first album since 1980’s More Specials.

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