Today's Specials

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Today's Specials
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 1996
ProducerTom Lowry, Neville Staple, Stoker
The Specials chronology
Too Much Too Young: The Gold Collection
Today's Specials
Guilty 'til Proved Innocent!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Today's Specials is a cover album by The Specials, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). It is the first studio album by the group since 1984, although not in the full original line-up. Original members Neville Staple, Roddy Byers, Lynval Golding, and Horace Panter are joined by new members Mark Adams and Adam Birch, along with a number of sessions musicians. Lead vocals are mostly handled by Staple and Golding, with Neville's daughter Sheena Staples contributing backing vocals to the album.

The album did not receive favourable reviews from media or fans, with many reviewers decrying in particular the over-use of synthesizers and pre-programmed drums beats.[2][3] Neville Staple claims that several of the recordings were actually produced demos, and regrets including them on the album.[4]

The track "Hypocrite" was released as a single.

Track listing[edit]

1."Take Five"Paul Desmond3:56
2."Pressure Drop"Toots Hibbert4:18
3."Hypocrite"Leroy Sibbles3:25
4."Goodbye Girl"Ken Boothe3:57
5."A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"Neil Diamond4:32
6."Time Has Come"Slim Smith5:09
7."Dirty Old Town"Ewan MacColl3:33
8."Somebody Got Murdered"The Clash3:06
9."Shanty Town 007"Desmond Dekker3:57
10."Simmer Down"Bob Marley3:46
11."Maga Dog"Peter Tosh2:54
12."Bad Boys"Beckford Bailey5:08


  • Neville Staple - vocals, producer
  • Roddy Byers - vocals, guitar
  • Lynval Golding - guitar, vocals, harmonica, mixing
  • Horace Panter - bass guitar
  • Mark Adams - organ, keyboards, backing vocals, programming, mixing
  • Adam Birch - trombone, trumpet, horn, flugelhorn
  • Aitch Hyatt - drums, backing vocals
  • Kendell Smith - DJ Vocals
  • Sheena Staple - backing vocals
  • Stoker - producer, mixing
  • Tom Lowry - producer, programming, engineer
  • Jim Lansberry - programming, mixing, engineer
  • Mike Exeter - Engineer (Hypocrite)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
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  4. ^ Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to The Specials by Neville Staple with Tony McMahon; Chapter 10: The Third Wave - America Revive's Ska