Just arriving through the doors at eil Towers is a superb selection of 2-Tone Records rarities, including many of the big charting hits plus hard-to-find foreign pressed picture sleeve editions of some of your favourites, paper label UK editions and more!
Here’s our current Top 10 ‘2-Tone’ related rarities just in……..
‘Bernie Rhodes Know Don’t Argue’! French picture sleeve issue of the classic debut ’45, more info here THE SPECIALS Stereotype: 1980 German 7″ vinyl single with wide centre and paper 2-Tone labels, also featuring International Jet Set, unique title sleeve. More info here RICO Jama Rico: Incredible and criminally overlooked solo LP from the Jamaican legend (RIP), this is the rare original 1982 UK 2 Tone label 9-track LP, produced by Dick Cuthell & Jerry Dammers, more info here THE SPECIALS Ghost Town Revisited: Rare 1991 UK 7″ vinyl single with 2 Tone paper labels, this reworking of the bands seminal early ’80s single was one of the last releases on the 2 Tone label and has subsequently become very hard to find, also includes Special Productions’ Ghost Dub ’91, picture sleeve. More info here THE SELECTER Three Minute Hero: 1980 Dutch ‘blue’ Chrysalis label 7″ vinyl single with wide centre, also includes their ska revamp of the James Bond theme tune, unique picture sleeve with ‘Three Minute Heroe’ misspelt title! More info here MADNESS The Sun And The Rain: 1984 US Geffen 7″ vinyl single also including the non-album track Time For Tea, full colour picture sleeve featuring the artwork from the ‘Keep Moving’ album – different to the UK issue! More info here THE SELECTER On My Radio: 1979 Dutch 7″ vinyl single with ‘green’ Chrysalis labels and wide centre, great debut ’45 that wasn’t included on their first LP, backed with a slightly different version of Too Much Pressure, unique ‘2-Tone’ style picture sleeve. More info here By the time it got to 1985 not everything released on the label was guaranteed hit, this later period release by The Friday Club is one such record, bought in very few numbers at the time, it’s now become quite the 2-Tone collectable – more info here MADNESS 1979-1995 Singles: Great set of Thirty Two 7″ singles including one EP from the British pop/ska band, along with the two released by the group under the name The Madness, with all pressed for the UK market except The Prince which is a French pressing, each within their own respective picture. All vinyl in this set has been carefully inspected & along with all the sleeves, remain in fabulous condition. Perfect for the well versed completist or a trip down memory lane for the casual fan to pick up the lot in one fell swoop!! Full info here Phwooaar! The Specials ‘Hey, Little Rich Girl’: This original Japanese issue ’45 from 1980 is highly sought after amongst the 2-Tone fraternity, this track had hit single written all over it – so what did the band do? They went for the wonderful (but pretty damn bleak) Stereotypes as the single everywhere else in the world instead – Yikes! The flip side is International Jet Set and the picture insert sleeve is pretty damn cool too! More info here