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Album: The Complete Beat [Box]
# Song Title   Time
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
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)    Limits We Set, The
14)    Psychedelic Rockers
15)    Hit It
16)    Which Side of the Bed?
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)    Go Talk [Tappy Luppy Dub], A - (remix)
1)    Hands Off...She's Mine [Extended]
2)    Twist & Crawl [Extended]
3)    Stand Down Margaret [Dub] - (remix)
4)    Too Nice to Talk To [Dubweiser] - (remix)
5)    Psychedelic Rockers [Dubweiser] - (remix)
6)    Doors of Your Heart [Extended]
7)    Drowning [Dub] - (remix)
8)    Hit It [Extended]
9)    Which Side of the Bed? [Extended]
10)    Save It for Later [Extended]
11)    What's Your Best Thing [Dub] - (remix)
12)    Cool Entertainer [Extended]
13)    Jeanette [Extended]
14)    March of the Swivel Heads [Extended]
15)    I Confess [Dave Allen Remix] - (remix)
1)    Tears of a Clown [Peel Sessions]
2)    Ranking Full Stop [Peel Sessions]
3)    Click Click [Peel Sessions]
4)    Mirror in the Bathroom [Peel Sessions]
5)    Big Shot [Peel Sessions]
6)    Too Nice to Talk To [Peel Sessions]
7)    Psychedelic Rockers [Peel Sessions]
8)    Monkey Murders [Peel Sessions]
9)    Walk Away [Peel Sessions]
10)    Spar Wid Me [Peel Sessions]
11)    End of the Party [Peel Sessions]
12)    She's Going [Peel Sessions]
13)    Save It for Later [Peel Sessions]
14)    Sole Salvation [Peel Sessions]
15)    Pato and Roger a Go Talk [Peel Sessions]
16)    Best Friend [Peel Sessions]
17)    Tears of a Clown [Peel Sessions]
18)    Twist & Crawl [Peel Sessions]
19)    Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret [Peel Sessions]
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar); Ranking Roger (vocals, percussion); Andy Cox (guitar, mandolin); David Steele (banjo); Wesley Magoogan (clarinet, saxophone, lyricon); Dave Blockhead (saxophone, piano, keyboards); Dave Lord, Saltin, Steve Sidwell (trumpet); Blockhead (keyboards); Bob Sargeant (marimba); Everett Morton (drums); M. Mishra (tabla); Mark Fox (percussion).
  • Audio Remasterers: Phil Kinrade; Bob Fisher .
  • Liner Note Author: Alex Ogg.
  • Photographers: Adrian Boot; Bruce Fleming.
  • 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.103) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a slew of live recordings in which the Beat unleash their dance-floor fury and their Thatcher-era protest politics."

Billboard (p.28) - "Listening to the band's blend of brainy lyrics, seductive Caribbean rhythms and sharp-shooting songcraft, there's nary a misstep in the act's entire repertoire..."
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