New Releases — January 28, 2019 at 7:01 am

This week’s new releases: The Specials, The Beat featuring Ranking Roger, Ian Brown

The Specials

This is a round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.


The Specials

RELEASE:  Encore
BACKSTORY:The legendary 2 Tone ska act this week releases its first collection of original material in two decades and its first recordings with original lead singer Terry Hall since the 1981 single “Ghost Town.”


The Beat featuring Ranking Roger

RELEASE: Public Confidential
BACKSTORY: The version of The Beat fronted by Ranking Roger — who recently revealed he’s fighting cancer — releases its first new album in three years.  Features Roger’s daughter Saffren and son Ranking Junior.


Ian Brown

RELEASE: Ripples
BACKSTORY: The once-again-former lead singer of The Stone Roses this week releases his first new solo album in a decade. The 10-song collection features lead-off single, and lead-off track, “First World Problems.”





One Comment

  1. Public Confidential captures the original feel of The Beat’s music. Lyrics are full of double meanings and keep you thinking. Quality album. Hoping Roger makes a full recovery so we can have him tour the U.S..

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