The second great set from The Specials – music once billed as "revival ska" – but which has arguably gone onto have a bigger impact than the first wave of the genre! There's a rough edged quality to the music that's totally great – a rude boy
aesthetic filtered through the post-punk generation – perfect for the spare, earthy Two Tone production – and just right for a post-colonial London, looking for new ways to express itself! The studio work is as great as the core grooves from the band – lots of odd echoes and cool effects – kind of a Brit take on Kingston dub, served up beautifully to abstract the tunes. So many others ruined this approach in later years with weaker work – but here's a chance to hear it perfectly in an original conception! Titles include "International Jet Set", "Enjoy Yourself", "Stereotypes", "Holiday Fortnight", and "I Can't Stand It". 2CD version has a huge amount of extra tracks – 13 more singles, b-sides, and rarities – including "International Jet Set (single)", "Rat Race", "Rude Boys Outa Jail", "Raquel", "Maggie's Farm", "Ghost Town (full version)", "Friday Night Saturday Morning", "Sea Cruise (Peel Session with Rico)", "Do Nothing", and "Rude Boys Outa Jail (version)" with Neville Staples.