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Live At The Moonlight Club


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Recorded live at the Moonlight Club, London, May 2,1979 on the eve of the British General Election that brought Margaret Thatcher to power. Terry Hall's introduction begins, "Its the eve of the election, and its up to you..."

Citing Specials' bassist Horace Panter's book "Ska'd For Life" duffguidetoska.com writes "The bootleg Live at the Moonlight Club came into existence through a planned compilation album of live acts performing at that club (Paul Williams states that it was to be a charity album). The Specials didn't want any of their original material recorded for this comp (they were saving it all for their debut LP), but they had recently incorporated a raucous take on The Pioneers' "Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)" into their set and agreed for it to be recorded by the club (this cover ...would eventually be released on the live "Too Much Too Young" EP...live at Tiffany's in Coventry). Decca Studios was right next door to the Moonlight Club, so cables were run from the studio's control room to the stage (which is why this boot sounds unusually good). Instead of one track, The Specials' entire May 3, 1979 set was recorded (and later mixed). The live Moonlight Club compilation never came out, but a bootleg release of The Specials' set did find its way into the shops later that year. Apparently, Live at the Moonlight Club sold as well as The Specials' debut album--and, according to Paul Williams, was sometimes receiving better reviews!"

Tracklist

Its Up To You 3:33
Do The Dog 2:10
Monkey Man 2:46
Blank Expression 2:11
Nite Klub 3:31
Concrete Jungle 3:53
Too Hot 2:56
Too Much Too Young 2:41
Little Bitch 2:33
Long Shot (Kick De Bucket) 3:49