The Beat/The Kids Are the Same

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 5/31/2005
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140619524
  • Catalog Number: 6195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock N Roll Girl - Paul Collins (2:17)
  2. 2 I Don't Fit In - Paul Collins (2:47)
  3. 3 Different Kind of Girl - Paul Collins (3:26)
  4. 4 Don't Wait Up for Me - Paul Collins (3:02)
  5. 5 You Won't Be Happy - Paul Collins (2:23)
  6. 6 Walking Out on Love - Paul Collins (1:45)
  7. 7 Work-A-Day-World - Paul Collins (2:56)
  8. 8 U.S.A. - Paul Collins (2:13)
  9. 9 Let Me into Your Life - Paul Collins (2:27)
  10. 10 Working Too Hard - Paul Collins (1:57)
  11. 11 You and I - Paul Collins (2:49)
  12. 12 Look But Don't Touch - Paul Collins (3:12)
  13. 13 There She Goes - Paul Collins (2:42)
  14. 14 That's What Life Is All About - Paul Collins (2:31)
  15. 15 Dreaming - Paul Collins (3:56)
  16. 16 On the Highway - Paul Collins (5:46)
  17. 17 Will You Listen - Paul Collins (2:40)
  18. 18 Crying Won't Help - Paul Collins (3:29)
  19. 19 The Kids Are the Same - Paul Collins (3:42)
  20. 20 Trapped - Paul Collins (3:34)
  21. 21 It's Just a Matter of Time - Paul Collins (3:19)
  22. 22 Met Her Yesterday - Paul Collins (2:36)
  23. 23 I Will Say No - Paul Collins (4:53)
  24. 24 Down - Paul Collins (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Collins' Beat Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Paul Collins Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Conway Percussion, Drums
Steve Huff Bass, Vocals
Michael Ruiz Percussion, Drums
Larry Whitman Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Case Composer
Eddie Money Composer
Paul Collins Composer
Bruce Botnick Producer
Steve Huff Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THE BEAT!

    I am a fifty-year old mother of six music-loving children after being a music fanatic since the age of about 10! At that time, transister radios could be placed under ones pillow at night unitil one fell asleep or the 9-volt battery ran out! Now I am passing on my love of music to my kids. This was and is still a fantastic band to listen to. I remember playing "I will Say No" and dancing around my apartment!! (Embarassing to my kids but fun at the time) But that is what this music made me do! You will not regret buying this album especially if you were a fan of all the cool New Wave music of the late seventies, early eighties, like the Buzzcocks, the Clash, the Flamin' Groovies, the Knack, the Romantics, U2 (before they were a megaband) Altered Images, the Ramones, the Police, Elvis Costello, etc. etc. etc. There was soooo much music and this CD is a classic example of that QUALITY 'New Wave-Punk-Pop' that was around in massive quantities if you kept going back to the record store...new bands, new music coming out daily! Whoosh!! What a time!

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