Various - Best of 2 Tone

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In 1979 Jerry Dammers from ska band The Specials launched the cult music label 2 Tone Records, with the support of major label Chrysalis. 2 Tone was most famous for releasing ska and reggae-influenced music with a punk rock and pop music overtone, spawned from the 2 Tone music and cultural movement of the 1970s.

Artwork was central to 2 Tone Records and with the assistance of Horace Panter and graphic designer John "Teflon" Sims, Dammers created the Walt Jabsco logo which portrays a man in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, pork pie hat, white socks and black loafers. The fictional character was based on a photograph of Peter Tosh, a former member of The Wailers and came to be the logo that represented the movement, and the music.

The Best of 2 Tone is a new compilation of the best tracks from the label‰۪s history, including The Specials ‰Û÷A Message to You Rudy‰۪, the debut single from Madness ‰Û÷The Prince‰۪ and The Beat‰۪s classic cover of Smokey Robinson‰۪s ‰Û÷Tears of a Clown‰۪


  1. GangstersåÊ - The Special AKA
  2. The Selecter - The Selecter
  3. The Prince - Madness
  4. On My Radio - The Selecter
  5. A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
  6. Tears Of A Clown - The Beat
  7. Too Much Too Young ‰ÛÒ The Special AKA
  8. Three Minute Hero - The Selecter
  9. Ranking Full Stop - The Beat
  10. Rat Race - The Specials
  11. People Do Rocksteady - Bodysnatchers
  12. Missing Words - The Selecter
  13. Stereotype - The Specials
  14. Sea Cruise - Rico
  15. Do Nothing - The Specials
  16. Ghost Town - The Specials
  17. Nelson Mandela ‰ÛÒ The Special AKA
  18. The Boiler ‰ÛÒ Rhoda and The Special AKA