The SPECIALS – ” Protest Songs – 1924 -2012 “

Posted: August 31, 2021 in MUSIC

The Specials have pushed back the release of their forthcoming protest song covers album by a week. The Specials who enjoyed a triumphant 2019 with the release of the critically acclaimed Encore, their first ever number 1 album, coming 40 years after they exploded onto the music scene and launched the 2 Tone movement, make a very timely return with the release of their brand new album Protest Songs – 1924 -2012. Released through their new label Island Records, the album features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off! ‘Protest Songs – 1924 -2012’, which was originally due to hit shelves on September 24th, will now be released on October 1st to allow for the vinyl format to reach fans on the same day.

The band confirmed the move in a statement posted to their Twitter: “In order to get everyone their vinyl on [the] release date we’ve had to move the release of ‘Protest Songs 1924-2012’ back a week to October 1st.”

Earlier this month the group shared the first track “Freedom Highway” a track written by the Staple Singers for the famous civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Across the album’s 12 songs, The Specials also take on versions of tracks by Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Leonard Cohen and more. Meanwhile, the band kick off a new UK tour today (August 31st) at Bristol’s O2 Academy before wrapping things up at London’s Troxy on September 25th. They also play Dublin’s Trinity College next year on July 2nd.

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