Jerry Dammers may have said "we aim to please with tributes to versions of songs by The Skatalites, Prince Buster, The Maytals and the Harry J All Stars" but at the time there were those critics who thought that 2 Tone lacked imagination because of the labels high percentage of cover versions.

Others may agree with Dammers and say that these covers are merely the bands playing homage to those who inspired them but there is no escaping the fact that a large number of covers and/or interpretations of other artist's material appeared on the label.

Original Artist *Interpretation of
The Specials    
Gangsters* Prince Buster Al Capone
Message to you Rudy Dandy Livingstone  
Too Much Too Young* Lloyd Charmers Birth Control
Guns of Navarone Skatalites  
Longshot Kick the Bucket Pioneers  
Liquidator Harry J Allstars  
Skinhead Moonstomp Symarip  
Maggies Farm Bob Dylan  
Do The Dog Rufus Thomas The Dog
Too Hot Prince Buster  
Monkey Man Toots & The Maytals  
Stupid Marriage* Prince Buster Judge Dread
You’re Wondering Now Andy and Joey with The Skatalites  
Enjoy Yourself Various inc Prince Buster  
Sock it to ‘em JB Rex Garvin and The Mighty Cravers  
The Selecter    
James Bond Monty Norman  
Everyday Pioneers  
My Collie (Not a Dog)* Millie My Boy Lollipop
Carry Go Bring Come Justin Hinds  
Murder Owen Gray  
The Bodysnatchers    
Lets Do Rocksteady Dandy Livingstone  
Too Experienced Winston Francis  
The Prince* Prince Buster Earthquake
Madness Prince Buster  
The Beat    
Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles  
The Swinging Cats    
Mantovani Various inc Frank Sinatra Hear my song Violetta
Mantovani Various inc Barbara Streisand Speak to me of Love
Elvis Costello and the Attractions    
I Can’t Stand up for Falling Down Sam and Dave  
Sea Cruise Huey Smith  
Oh Carolina The Folk Brothers  
Easy Snappin’ Theophilus Beckford  
Do The Reload Coxsone Dodd  
Easter Island Sado Wattanobe  
Red Top Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra  
Fiesta Calvin Massey  
Stay out late Lord Creator