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You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of the Beat [37 Tracks]
     

You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of the Beat [37 Tracks]

by The English Beat
 
The Beat (aka the English Beat) existed in its original form for less than five years in the late 1970s and early '80s, long enough to release three albums (I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen?, and Special Beat Service) and some one-off singles. So, a two-hour, 37-track, two-CD set like the discount-priced U.K. retrospective You Just Can't Beat It:

Overview

The Beat (aka the English Beat) existed in its original form for less than five years in the late 1970s and early '80s, long enough to release three albums (I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen?, and Special Beat Service) and some one-off singles. So, a two-hour, 37-track, two-CD set like the discount-priced U.K. retrospective You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of the Beat covers most of the group's recordings, with only a handful of tracks (not including remixes and live versions) left out. The most significant omission is the British single "Hit It," which only got to number 70 in the charts. The big hits are all here in a roughly chronological sequencing that gives the listener a sense of the band's development from its ska revival beginnings to more of a dub
eggae style and finally something like a mainstream soul/R&B approach including keyboards. Throughout, lead singer Dave Wakeling sings huskily over the infectiously danceable rhythms, complemented by the toasting of Ranking Roger. By the end, the group doesn't sound remotely spent, but further musical developments had to be handled by Wakeling and Ranking Roger in General Public on the one hand and guitarist Andy Cox and bassist Dave Steele with Fine Young Cannibals on the other. (In her enthusiastic if sketchy liner notes, Rhoda Dakar reveals that Wakeling leads a version of the English Beat in the U.S., while Ranking Roger has the New English Beat in the U.K.)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2008
Label:
Music Club Deluxe
UPC:
5014797670815
catalogNumber:
81

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tears of a Clown
  2. Ranking Full Stop
  3. Hands off She's Mine
  4. Twist and Crawl
  5. Mirror in the Bathroom
  6. Jackpot
  7. Stand Down Margaret
  8. Best Friend
  9. Too Nice to Talk To
  10. Rough Rider
  11. Click Click
  12. Big Shot
  13. Two Swords
  14. Noise in This World
  15. All out to Get You
  16. French Toast
  17. Drowning
  18. Dream Home in New Zealand
  19. The Limits We Set

Disc 2

  1. Doors of Your Heart
  2. Save It for Later
  3. Sole Salvation
  4. Can't Get Used to Losing You
  5. Get a Job
  6. Walk Away
  7. Over and Over
  8. Cheated
  9. Ackee 1-2-3
  10. Monkey Murders
  11. Jeanette
  12. I Confess
  13. Spar Wid Me
  14. Sorry
  15. She's Going
  16. Pato and Roger a Go Talk
  17. Sugar and Stress
  18. End of the Party

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