Limited double vinyl LP pressing. 2014 collection of tracks from the influential British Ska label. To celebrate the music and cultural movement that the label helped inspire, this compilation brings together the best tracks from their historic catalog. THE BEST OF 2 TONE features 18 tracks, including the first single from Madness ('The Prince'), the Beat's classic cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Tears of a Clown,' and Body snatchers' 'People Do Rocksteady,' plus three more songs by the Selector: 'On My Radio,' 'Three Minute Hero' and 'Missing Words.' Half of the album features music recorded by the Special AKA, which was shortened later to the Specials. Along with 'Gangsters,' the collection also includes both of the band's U.K. #1's - 'Too Much Too Young' (1980) and 'Ghost Town' (1981) - as well as several Top 10 songs: 'A Message to You, Rudy,' 'Rat Race,' 'Stereotype,' 'Do Nothing,' and 'Free Nelson Mandela.'
Track List: 1.1 Gangsters - By Special Aka 1.2 The Selecter - By the Selecter 1.3 The Prince - By Madness 1.4 On My Radio - By the Selecter 1.5 A Message to You Rudy (Feat. Rico) - By the Specials 1.6 The Tears of a Clown - By the Beat 1.7 Too Much Too Young (Live) - By the Special Aka 1.8 Three Minute Hero - By the Selecter 1.9 Ranking Full Stop - By the Beat 1.10 Rat Race - By the Specials 1.11 Let's Do Rock Steady - By the Bodysnatchers 1.12 Missing Words - By the Selecter 1.13 Stereotype - By the Specials 1.14 Sea Cruise - By Rico 1.15 Do Nothing - By the Specials 1.16 Ghost Town - By the Specials 1.17 Nelson Mandela (Edit) - By the Special Aka 1.18 The Boiler (With the Special Aka) - By Rhoda