Complete Beat

Complete Beat

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by The English Beat
     
 

Shout! Factory's The Complete Beat is the kind of deluxe set that fans would dream about but never expect to happen: a five-disc set containing expanded remastered versions of all three of the group's albums, plus two discs of Bonus Beat -- a CD of 12" mixes and dubs, a disc of Peel Sessions and four cuts live from a November 1982See more details below

Overview

Shout! Factory's The Complete Beat is the kind of deluxe set that fans would dream about but never expect to happen: a five-disc set containing expanded remastered versions of all three of the group's albums, plus two discs of Bonus Beat -- a CD of 12" mixes and dubs, a disc of Peel Sessions and four cuts live from a November 1982 gig in Boston. The Beat -- the "English" was added for the American market -- were only around for five short years, following the 2-Tone path trailblazed by the Specials but speedily developing their own distinctive style, one that was a bit brighter and bearing a stronger Motown influence. Also, the Beat had a knack for pop that culminated on their 1982 swan song, Special Beat Service. That contained their signature hit, "Save It for Later," a contender for a perfect single if there ever were one, but it also opened with the sparkling "I Confess," a gorgeous confection that pointed the way toward Dave Wakeling's subsequent outfit General Public. But unlike Madness, there never was a time when the Beat's main business was pop: they always had one foot firmly planted in ska and blue beat, always could hunker down and dig deep into the groove. This powers I Just Can't Stop It, a ska revival record that rivals the Specials' debut, and it underpins their rapid expansion on Wha'ppen? Each of their albums has a distinctive character, something that carries through to the three Peel Sessions -- one delivered in support for each album -- on the Bonus Beat disc. As always, the extended mixes and dubs are something that appeals to a particular taste -- those who prefer the pop end of the Beat's equation won't find them compelling -- but their rangy, elastic reworkings underline the adventure and excitement at the core of the Beat. They grew up strong and they grew up fast, so fast that their recordings retain a visceral force that makes The Complete Beat something more than a dream come true for fans: it is a convincing argument for their greatness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663131765
catalogNumber:
13176
Rank:
70936

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mirror In the Bathroom
  2. Hands Off...She's Mine
  3. Two Swords
  4. Twist & Crawl
  5. Tears of a Clown
  6. Rough Rider
  7. Click Click
  8. Ranking Full Stop
  9. Big Shot
  10. Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
  11. Noise In This World
  12. Can't Get Used To Losing You
  13. Best Friend
  14. Jackpot

Disc 2

  1. Too Nice To Talk
  2. Doors of Your Heart
  3. All Out To Get You
  4. Monkey Murders
  5. I Am Your Flag
  6. French Toast (Soleil Trop Chaud)
  7. Drowning
  8. Dream House in NZ
  9. Walk Away
  10. Over and Over
  11. Cheated
  12. Get-a-Job
  13. The Limits We Set
  14. Psychedelic Rockers
  15. Hit It
  16. Which Side of the Bed?

Disc 3

  1. I Confess
  2. Jeanette
  3. Sorry
  4. Sole Salvation
  5. Spar Wid Me
  6. Rotating Head
  7. Save It For Later
  8. She's Going
  9. Pato and Roger a Go Talk
  10. Sugar & Stress
  11. End of the Party
  12. Ackee 1 2 3
  13. What's Your Best Thing
  14. March of the Swivel Heads
  15. Cool Entertainer
  16. A Go Talk

Disc 4

  1. Hands Off...She's Mine
  2. Twist & Crawl
  3. Stand Down Margaret
  4. Too Nice To Talk To
  5. Psychedelic Rockers
  6. Doors of Your Heart
  7. Drowning
  8. Hit It
  9. Which Side of the Bed?
  10. Save It For Later
  11. What's Your Best Thing
  12. Cool Entertainer
  13. Jeanette
  14. March of the Swivel Heads
  15. I Confess

Disc 5

  1. Tears of a Clown
  2. Ranking Full Stop
  3. Click Click
  4. Mirror In the Bathroom
  5. Big Shot
  6. Too Nice To Talk To
  7. Psychedelic Rockers
  8. Monkey Murders
  9. Walk Away
  10. Spar Wid Me
  11. End of the Party
  12. She's Going
  13. Save It For Later
  14. Sole Salvation
  15. Pato and Roger a Go Talk
  16. Best Friend
  17. Tears of a Clown
  18. Twist & Crawl
  19. Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

English Beat   Primary Artist
Dave Wakeling   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Sargeant   Marimbas
Ranking Roger   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Blockhead   Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone
Andy Cox   Guitar,Mandolin,Group Member
Mark Fox   Percussion
Wesley Magoogan   Clarinet,Saxophone,Lyricon
Everett Morton   Drums,Group Member
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
David Steele   Banjo,Bass,Group Member
Dave Lord   Trumpet
M. Mishra   Tabla
Saltin   Trumpet
Blockhead   Keyboards

Technical Credits

English Beat   Composer,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Mark Dearnley   Engineer
Bob Fisher   Remastering
Doc Pomus   Composer
Alex Ogg   Liner Notes
Martyn Atkins   Art Direction
L. Gordon   Composer
Derek Dressler   Producer
Karrie Stouffer   Art Direction
D. Gordon   Composer
P. Grant   Composer
E. Grant   Composer
J. Jefferson   Composer
Hunt Emerson   Artwork,Logo
Phil Kinrade   Remastering
Trevor Hallesey   Engineer

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