The Coventry Automatics Aka The Specials- Dawning Of A New Era (recorded 1978)

Line up:
Jerry Dammers - keyboards,
Terry Hall - vocals,
Lynval Golding - guitar , vocals,
Roddy 'Radiation' Byers - guitar,
'Sir' Horace Gentleman/ Panter - bass,
Silverton Hutchinson - drums
Neville Staples appears on the cover but at the time the recording was made he was still the roadie.
This is a 1978 demo (good sound quality) by the band that went on to become The Specials/ The Special AKA. Familiar tunes, slightly unfamiliar arrangements. An interesting listen for all those who have fond memories of this, the thinking man’s ska band.


  1. Graaaciiiaaaaasssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. They have been really revolutionaries. No so many people knows that and think about Madness only. I didn't know it was their first single and already at the end of 1978. Wasn'n it "Gangster" ?

  3. Anonymous- Indeed, a great band, very influential.First single was 1979, Gangsters- it's here:http://burningaquarium.blogspot.com/2009/08/special-aka-selecter-gangsters-selecter.html


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