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Specials Gangsters Two Tone Poster 1979

The Specials 1979 "Gangster" record release poster (28 1/2"x 40").

This is a rare & important poster marking the first record release by the Two-Tone label. Founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials, Two-Tone pioneered a brand of ska revival that encompassed bands such as The Specials, Selector, Madness, The Beat & many others. Two-Tone poster marketing was characterised by stylish b/w designs & a "Two-Tone figure" of a man in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, pork pie hat, white socks and black loafers. Dammers collaborated with Horace Panter & graphic designers John "Teflon" Sims & David Storey to create this distinctive logo. Two-Tone design had echoes of the Ricky-Tick poster designs of the 1960's. The "Gangster" record release showcased The Specials on one side & The Selecter on the other side hence the "vs" (this itself reminiscent of the "battle of the bands" type marketing of the 1960's).

Poster folded with two small tape repairs to upper corners, a few light marks & several tiny edge nicks. Overall in very good condition & an important piece of British music memorabilia.

Price: £545.00

Artist: The Specials, The Selecter
Year: '1979
Category: Ska / Reggae
Format: Poster
Condition: Very good
Reference: 71506



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