Special Forces Era

Special Forces CD Album

1981, Warner Brothers, 7599 26230 2

This European CD version of Special Forces comes in a jewel case and features a 10-page booklet containing track listings, lyrics and credits.

NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and can be seen here.

Special Forces 12" Vinyl Album Test Pressing

1981, Warner Brothers, K56927

I stumbled across this super rare white label test pressing of Special Forces in a great shop in Exeter called Destiny One.  You will probably see from the photos that it was described as 'Armed Forces' so I had to get the owner to play it so that I could hear the familiar sound of Who Do You Think We Are.  Once verified, I was duty-bound to snap it up.  The only other way to confirm the content is that the serial number of the original vinyl (K 56927) is etched on the inner edge of the vinyl.

 

It is understood that some acetate copies of Special Forces also exists and that these contain slightly different mixes of some songs.  This is not the case with this test pressing though, which is identical to the final release.

Special Forces 12" Vinyl Album

1981, Warner Brothers, K56927

This UK vinyl version of Special Forces comes in a simple card sleeve and features a black vinyl disc complete with cream Warner Brothers labels.  On the rear of the sleeve are track listings and credits.

Special Forces 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Warner Brothers, RCV 1 3581

This 140 gram vinyl re-issue of Special Forces features a simple card sleeve design (which closely resembles the original release, above) and a nice black and blue vinyl.  The disc features the white Warner Bros labels and was limited to 5,200 copies worldwide.  

 

It was released as part of the 2017 'Rocktober' event along with re-issues of Pretties For You and Love it To Death, all of which followed on from the 2016 Rocktober re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies.