The Selecter

Out on the Streets: Live in London

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It's a little odd that of all the ska bands from the 2-Tone movement that took England by storm at the turn of the 1980s, the one that came together the most haphazardly should prove to be one of the most durable. The Selecter came into being when guitarist Neol Davies collaborated with Specials drummer John Bradbury on the B-side to the Specials' first single, calling both the song and the "band" the Selecter. The single brought enormous attention to both bands, and the Selecter (at that point with an expanded membership including drummer Perry Melius and, most notably, singer Pauline Black) recorded Too Much Pressure, widely considered one of the best albums of the 2-Tone era. The follow-up, Celebrate the Bullet, was something of a disappointment, and the band soon broke up. They did, however, reunite as the third wave ska revival hit in the early '90s, and this live album finds them in top form, running through their own greatest hits ("On My Radio," "James Bond," and "Too Much Pressure") as well as some judiciously selected covers ("Train to Skaville" and "Carry Go Bring Come"). Pauline Black also shows that she still knows how to handle a heckler. Newcomers should start with the band's debut album, but fans will love this one.

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