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I Just Can't Stop It [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
I Just Can't Stop It was a late arrival onto the checker- boarded scene, the Specials, Madness, and the Selecter had all beat the English Beat to the punch, but luckily this wasn't a race. Besides, the band had already primed the pump with a trio of Top Ten singles -- the double A-sided "Tears of a Clown"/"Ranking Full Stop," "Hands Off She's Mine," and "Mirror in the Bathroom," their debut album followed hard on "Mirror"'s heels, picking up the latter two songs and "Full Stop" to boot. Two more of the tracks followed them onto the chart later that summer on another double A-sided single -- "Best Friend" coupled with a dub version of "Stand Down Margaret." So this was a ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
I Just Can't Stop It was a late arrival onto the checker- boarded scene, the Specials, Madness, and the Selecter had all beat the English Beat to the punch, but luckily this wasn't a race. Besides, the band had already primed the pump with a trio of Top Ten singles -- the double A-sided "Tears of a Clown"/"Ranking Full Stop," "Hands Off She's Mine," and "Mirror in the Bathroom," their debut album followed hard on "Mirror"'s heels, picking up the latter two songs and "Full Stop" to boot. Two more of the tracks followed them onto the chart later that summer on another double A-sided single -- "Best Friend" coupled with a dub version of "Stand Down Margaret." So this was a hit-filled set. And so popular were such songs as "Rough Rider," "Twist and Crawl," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," and "Whine & Grine," they became staples, that fans can be forgiven for assuming they, too, were released on 45. Intriguingly, "Losing You" came courtesy of Andy Williams, and highlighted the softer styling that would swiftly overtake the Beat. But "Rough Rider" and "Whine & Grine" had solid ska credentials, both were Prince Buster hits, while "Jackpot" was one of a slew of racing-themed rocksteady smashes that drove the Pioneers to fame, while the Specials had opened their own account with another -- "Longshot Kick the Bucket." And it was this sheer diversity of influences that set the Beat's sound apart from their compatriots. Their own compositions were heavily cultural in theme -- the radical cries to depose the prime minister on "Stand Down Margaret," the slashing anti-violence of "Two Swords," and even more ominous and feverish, "Click Click," through the cultural nihilism of "Mirror in the Bathroom" itself, with a few softer love songs and lovelorn tracks taking some of the edge off. I Just Can't Stop It was a stunning achievement, its driving, frenetic numbers grounded in punk's fury, smashing into the loose-limbed grooves and melodies of rocksteady-inspired songs, and banging head-on into sweeter pop-fueled pieces. The album remained on the British charts for a whopping eight months, eventually peaking at number three. Time has not diminished its glory, the songs remain hugely as their continued inclusion in the band's offshoot's repertoire have proved. [Edsel's deluxe 2012 expansion of I Just Can't Stop It includes a second CD containing 19 bonus tracks and a DVD with three videos "Hands Off She's Mine," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "Best Friend", five Top of the Pops performances, and a performance from Alright Now in 1980. The CD contains the original non-LP cuts "Tears of a Clown" and "Ranking Full Stop," along with a selection of extended mixes and BBC Sessions, all collected on the Bonus Beat supplement on The Complete Beat box.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155801632
  • Catalog Number: 5580163
  • Sales rank: 54,277

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mirror in the Bathroom (3:09)
  2. 2 Hands Off...She's Mine (2:59)
  3. 3 Two Swords (2:18)
  4. 4 Twist & Crawl (2:34)
  5. 5 Rough Rider (4:52)
  6. 6 Click Click (1:27)
  7. 7 Big Shot (2:32)
  8. 8 Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret (3:45)
  9. 9 Noise in This World (2:16)
  10. 10 Can't Get Used to Losing You (3:05)
  11. 11 Best Friend (3:03)
  12. 12 Jackpot (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tears of a Clown (2:40)
  2. 2 Ranking Full Stop (2:47)
  3. 3 Twist & Crawl (5:00)
  4. 4 Hands Off... She's Mine (4:35)
  5. 5 Stand Down Margaret (3:33)
  6. 6 Mirror in the Bathroom (5:22)
  7. 7 Mirror in the Bathroom (5:40)
  8. 8 Mirror in the Bathroom (3:26)
  9. 9 Dub in the Bathroom (4:43)
  10. 10 Just Can't Stop the Dub (4:44)
  11. 11 Tears of a Clown (2:48)
  12. 12 Ranking Full Stop (2:55)
  13. 13 Click Click (1:27)
  14. 14 Mirror in the Bathroom (2:23)
  15. 15 Big Shot (1:48)
  16. 16 Hands Off...She's Mine (2:43)
  17. 17 Mirror in the Bathroom (2:48)
  18. 18 Rough Rider (4:18)
  19. 19 Twist & Crawl (2:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mirror in the Bathroom
  2. 2 Best Friend
  3. 3 Tears of a Clown
  4. 4 Tears of a Clown
  5. 5 Hands Off...She's Mine
  6. 6 Hands Off...She's Mine
  7. 7 Mirror in the Bathroom
  8. 8 Alright Now
  9. 9 Hands Off...She's Mine
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The English Beat Primary Artist
Dave Wakeling Group Member
Ranking Roger Group Member
Andy Cox Group Member
Everett Morton Group Member
Saxa Group Member
David Steele Group Member
Technical Credits
The English Beat Arranger, Adaptation
Smokey Robinson Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Ranking Roger Memorabilia
Prince Buster Composer
Chris Lycett Producer
Doc Pomus Composer
Nick Gomm Engineer
Rhoda Dakar Liner Notes
Louis Kahn Archival Materials
Wakeling Composer
Hunt Emerson Artwork
Phil Kinrade Mastering
Jools Williamson Packaging
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