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English Beat - Beat This: Best Of

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Item #: 10968230
    This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser. English Beat: Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar); Rankin' Roger (vocals); Andy Cox (guitar); Saxa (saxophone); Dave Ste......more
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Artist: English Beat
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser. English Beat: Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar); Rankin' Roger (vocals); Andy Cox (guitar); Saxa (saxophone); Dave Steele (bass); Everett Morton (drums). Includes liner notes by Malu Halasa. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: Cedric Myton (vocals). Liner Note Author: Malu Halasa. A key element of the late-1970s/early-'80s UK ska revival, the English Beat nevertheless always had more pop smarts and a wider stylistic palette than compatriots like the Specials and the Selecter. As BEAT THIS! THE BEST OF THE ENGLISH BEAT makes clear, ska wound up being just one color in the band's musical paint box. Early on, the Beat showed a knack for re-imagining '60s pop tunes in patented two-tone style (Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown," Andy Williams's "Can't Get Used to Losing You"). "Click Click" reveals the influence of punk, while "Doors of Your Heart" shows the group's skill with a straight reggae groove. The Motown-flavored chug of "Sole Salvation" and the jangly pop of "Save It for Later" show how the band was maturing towards the end of their tether, Dave Wakeling's lyrics growing ever more literate and Elvis Costello-esque as the music expanded. Unfortunately, though, the Beat eventually had to die so that offshoots General Public and Fine Young Cannibals might live. Lucky for us, we have BEAT THIS! as a memento of the English Beat's glory days.
See Also:
I Just Can't Stop It, Special Beat Service, Beat This! The Best of the Beat
See Influences:
Smokey Robinson, Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, The Clash, The Beatles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots & the Maytals, The Jam, Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites
See Contemporaries:
The Toasters, Elvis Costello, Graduate, Bad Manners, The Jam, Bop (Harvey), Pato Banton, The Specials, Judge Dread (Ska), The Police, Fun Boy Three, Madness, Members, Anarchy 6, Bim Skala Bim, The Selecter, Dexys Midnight Runners, Joe Jackson, Ruts D.C., UB40, The Clash
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Mirror In the Bathroom
  2. 2 Save It For Later
  3. 3 I Confess
  4. 4 Tears of a Clown
  5. 5 Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret
  6. 6 Best Friend
  7. 7 Rankin Full Stop
  8. 8 Can't Get Used To Losing You
  9. 9 Hands Off... She's Mine
  10. 10 Twist and Crawl
  11. 11 Too Nice To Talk To
  12. 12 Doors of Your Heart
  13. 13 Click Click
  14. 14 Sole Salvation
  15. 15 Drowning
2 Tone Ska
Bob Sargeant
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
47 : 1
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