The English Beat You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of the Beat [37 Tracks] (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: February 4, 2008
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.86
4 stars out of 5 -- "As well as demonstrating a huge pop sensibility on songs such as the haunting, narcissistic, nightmare of 'Mirror In The Bathroom, there was strong political comment such as the no-nonsense 'Stand Down Margaret.'"

Tracks on 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

Tracks on 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

Product Description:

Liner Note Authors: Dave Wakeling; Rhoda Dakar.
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/reggae 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.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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