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 exist 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, Rhino Entertainment, RCV 1 3581

This USA 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.

Seven & Seven Is Live Version 7" Vinyl Single

1982, Warner Brothers, K17924

This UK 7" vinyl single features cream Warner Brothers labels, a rare gatefold sleeve and includes live versions of Seven & Seven Is on Side A and Generation Landslide '81 on Side B (both from the Special Forces album, although the latter was initially a studio recording on the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve features an image of a very gaunt-looking Alice peforming live spread across the front and back and is repeated on the inside in portrait form.  Also on the back is promotional material for the Greatest Hits album.

1982, Warner Brothers, WB 17.924-A

Seven And Seven Is 7" Vinyl Single

This Holland 7" vinyl single features cream Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Seven & Seven Is on Side A and the live track Generation Landslide '81 on Side B (both from the Special Forces album, although the latter was initially a studio recording on the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve features the same image on the front as the Special Forces album on the front, whereas on the back is promotional material for the same album.