DISCOGRAPHY | POSTED ON: Friday 14th February 2020
Check One 2 the Spirit of 79
This is the 2 Tone 40th anniversary-related release that fans have been waiting for! While many of the key 2 Tone players are still too consumed with nursing past/present grievances to organize official 2 Tone concerts or make an effort to release rare or unheard material from the vaults, leave it to their progeny to do the heavy lifting to properly honor 2 Tone’s legacy! Coming in at a weighty 67 songs spread out over four CDs, Specialized Record’s Check One-2: Spirit of ’79 is a stunningly good tribute to 2 Tone and all of its associated acts (bravo to all involved!). Honestly, there’s not a bum track here.
Check One 2 the Spirit of 79 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Two Tone Records. 67 bands from over 20 countries contributed modern reinterpretations of the Two Tone discography. The bands that covered included Two Tones, The Specials, The Selector, The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers, Elvis Costello, The Swinging Cats, Rico, The Apollinaires, The Higsons, The Friday Club, JB’s Allstars. Songs by Bad Manners and Arthur Kay also feature in recognition of their influence at that time. UB40 and Dexys Midnight Runners also appear as they had initial talks with the label in their early years.