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For me it's Live At The Moonlight Club, because it's the seven period and some London oi; it was somewhat confrontational. I've heard it was captured on a whim by a recording studio in the same building.
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Its funny cos that album was out before the first album, and a lot of critics said the Moonlight Club was a better album than the debut. I see both sides. The Moonlight one is a lovely piece of history in so many ways and yet the debut album for me is a classic release so I couldnt choose to be honest. It was said many a time that The Specials were a live experience and sometimes recording in the studio never matched what you got live.I suppose thats true, again in many ways.
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More Specials - without a doubt.
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I can remember at the time feeling a little let down by the first album,as the first thing I had bought by the band was the live ep.The production didnt really feel right to me at the time,(but what did I know i was just a kid).I have since learned to love the album,it would certainly(songwise) be in my top 10.The second album I loved straight off,but by that time I was well and truly in love with the band.It was only later that I gathered together all the bootlegs etc,some are great,some less so.
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The first album, without question. It is simply brilliant. As a 13 year old listening to that album day after day, night after night - it was an experience that had to be experienced at the time to understand and appreciate it. This was exactly what we wanted and needed in 1979 and there's very little to compare. More Specials is a great album in it's own way, but the frst is THE album.
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phil wright wrote:
The first album, without question. It is simply brilliant. As a 13 year old listening to that album day after day, night after night - it was an experience that had to be experienced at the time to understand and appreciate it. This was exactly what we wanted and needed in 1979 and there's very little to compare. More Specials is a great album in it's own way, but the frst is THE album.


I was 12 - other than that I can relate to everything you've said.

But as a now 42 year old - I (probably a bit usually) believe More Specials towers over it's predecessor. I didn't think that at the time (on the contrary), but by some distance I do now.
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It's a tough question to answer, Hugh, as I like both the studio albums.

I was very young when they were both released, and I remember writing all types of crazy shat on my arms in berol when I used to listen to Specials when I was a young skinhead. Words like 'Lettuce' and 'Pump'. I come from a long line of crackpots, my Aunty Olive always spoke to dustbins in Hammersmith and my cousin, Alan, would often dress up as a Roman soldier on the streets of Manchester, so the school psychologist thought nothing of it.

When More Specials was released, I immediately noticed the difference in the sound. This was at the time when I obtained a lot of my Uncle Freddie's jazz albums, and I often found myself playing the maracas to his vinyl collection and to More Specials in my bedroom.

All these years later, I am still a fan of the band and I often play both albums, but I always try to stay well clear of berol pens and maracas when I now listen to The Specials.
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If your allowed a compilation then its Stereotypical -As Bs & rarities CD1.

Other than that its the first album for me
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I really like the Blue Plate Specials CD.
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Specials and More Specials - Two very different sides of a classic coin Very Happy
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More Specials is undoubtedly a brilliant Album, but for me it has to be Specials very few come near to its quality and energy. Never really been a fan of live albums though.
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There was a nice trend in the seventies where studio albums sounded live and clubby, but now they just sound way too loud (compressed) and plastic.


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I was 9 when the first album came out.
I was 10 the next year.
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The moonlight club,raw sound but a super album.
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Live albums don't do it for me really...I need to be there.

The best has to be Specials by a long long way. Pure class, proper ska and when it hit it me it was so refreshing and like 'where have you been all my life' feeling.
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'More Specials' is definitely my favourite Specials record and one of my favourite albums of all time. I think it was a really brave move to not bring out another ska album after 'Specials' was so successful.

The sound on the album still amazes me especially on 'Man at C&A', 'Stereotypes' and 'International Jet Set'. I've never heard anything else that sounds like these tracks and don't think I ever will. This is a great achievement considering it was recorded over 30 years ago.

'Specials' is a great album, but I think the production let's it down and the album version of 'Too Much Too Young' gets a bit boring for me. As has been mentioned, I can see why people would have been disappointed with the first album if they'd heard the live e.p. first.

I think the songs from 'Specials' sound miles better on the live recordings from the era.
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