Beat/The Kids Are the Same

Beat/The Kids Are the Same

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by Paul Collins' Beat
     
 

Paul Collins' reputation as one of the wonder boys of L.A. power pop largely rests on the two albums he cut with the Beat in 1979 and 1982, and this two-fer CD reissue from Wounded Bird offers up both LPs on one disc, with extras included to round out the package. The Beat still sounds like a minor classic all these years later, offering a dozen sharp tunes andSee more details below

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Paul Collins' reputation as one of the wonder boys of L.A. power pop largely rests on the two albums he cut with the Beat in 1979 and 1982, and this two-fer CD reissue from Wounded Bird offers up both LPs on one disc, with extras included to round out the package. The Beat still sounds like a minor classic all these years later, offering a dozen sharp tunes and enough energy to fuel their own P.A. system; Collins' songs are smart without sounding overly brainy, and cover the typical topics (girls, jobs, cars) with an enthusiasm and spunk that makes them sound fresh. In a better world, "Don't Wait Up for Me" would have been a hit single, and "Rock 'n' Roll Girl" should be the theme song of record collector geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, The Kids Are the Same isn't quite as good; Bruce Botnick's production is a shade fussier than on the first set, and the material doesn't manage the same batting average, with Collins dipping into his more subdued side here, which isn't bad at all but sure ain't as exciting as the first LP's chargers. But Collins and his bandmates still sound game, and the title cut is a superb slice of up-tempo post-teen angst. Toss in two bonus cuts and you get a extra-large portion of pure-pop goodness; maybe this isn't as invaluable as that Big Star two-fer or those Raspberries reissues, but if you love killer hooks played with plenty of real rock drive, you need some Beat in your record collection, and this is the best place to get some.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140619524
catalogNumber:
6195

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Tracks

  1. Rock N Roll Girl  - Paul Collins
  2. I Don't Fit In  - Paul Collins
  3. Different Kind of Girl  - Paul Collins
  4. Don't Wait Up for Me  - Paul Collins
  5. You Won't Be Happy  - Paul Collins
  6. Walking Out on Love  - Paul Collins
  7. Work-A-Day-World  - Paul Collins
  8. U.S.A.  - Paul Collins
  9. Let Me into Your Life  - Paul Collins
  10. Working Too Hard  - Paul Collins
  11. You and I  - Paul Collins
  12. Look But Don't Touch  - Paul Collins
  13. There She Goes  - Paul Collins
  14. That's What Life Is All About  - Paul Collins
  15. Dreaming  - Paul Collins
  16. On the Highway  - Paul Collins
  17. Will You Listen  - Paul Collins
  18. Crying Won't Help  - Paul Collins
  19. The Kids Are the Same  - Paul Collins
  20. Trapped  - Paul Collins
  21. It's Just a Matter of Time  - Paul Collins
  22. Met Her Yesterday  - Paul Collins
  23. I Will Say No  - Paul Collins
  24. Down  - Paul Collins

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