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Beat Boy [CD]

Visage Audio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beat Boy
2. Casualty
3. Questions
4. Only The Good Die Young
5. Can You Hear Me
6. The Promise
7. Love Glove
8. Yesterday's Shadow
9. Beat Boy - Dance Mix [Bonus Tracks]
10. Love Glove - Long Version [Bonus Tracks]
11. She's A Machine [Bonus Tracks]
12. Der Amboss [Bonus Tracks]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Someone is driving...but not too well 10 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Back in the summer of 1983, more than a year since Visage had released their second album "The Anvil", I heard a song on the radio that sounded so much like them that I thought it was their long-awaited new single. For weeks I didn't know what it was called but it had that cinematic yet danceable electronic sound that had become the Visage hallmark. In actual fact, the song turned out to be Yello's "I Love You". Months later, I would be fooled again when Yello released their next single "Lost Again", but by the end of 1983, Visage were still nowhere to be seen. Embroiled in a contractual dispute with their management company, they were apparently prevented from releasing any new material until the legal wranglings were over (hence the somewhat premature release of their "Singles Collection" in 1983). But when Visage finally resurfaced in 1984 with an almost entirely new line-up, the results were sadly not nearly as interesting as Yello's singles the year before and were certainly nowhere near the calibre of Visage's first two albums.

Headed by the single "Love Glove" (which was pleasant but simply far too subtle a tune to be a hit), the Beat Boy album proceeded to be a disappointment both artistically and commercially. Gone was the stylish production and atmospheric melodies of the Midge Ure era of Visage, and instead we are left with a collection of mostly forgettable songs. The band made the fatal mistake of producing themselves instead of finding a more seasoned producer, someone who could reel them in whilst making something more out of their thin material, thereby helping to fill the huge gap left by Ure's departure in 1982.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Album Too Many? 23 Mar 2009
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Like the previous reviewer it's hard to believe that I bought this album and it's associated singles a quarter of a century ago.

Visage were a shining light in the early 80s. Their first two albums, the self-titled debut and the superb underrated "Anvil" were both chock full of catchy singles and killer album tracks.

Maybe I'm being a little unfair but "Beat Boy" suffers from the departure of the main creative forces of messrs Ure and Currie. The lead single "Love Glove" was a pale imitation of previous singles such as "The Damned Don't Cry", "Night Train".

This album does have it's moments, but it really just makes the listener hanker for the relative safety of the first album.

Cherry Red do deserve credit here though. Over the last few months they have unearthed some great 80s nuggets and hopefully this is the first of many more released over the next few years.

For those who have never heard "Beat Boy", I would certainly recommend you buy it and give it a listen, but don't expect to hear anything up to the quality of the first two albums.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years later! 18 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't believe that I first bought this album over 25 years ago...
At the time it marked a distinct shift from the Visage studio electro sound towards a more live rock-based pop approach. This was caused by the departures of Billy Currie, Midge Ure and Dave Formula (although both Dave Formula and Billy Currie may have contributed to early recording sessions for the album). This left the core of Steve Strange and Rusty Egan (drums) with Andy Barnett on guitar, Steve Barnacle on bass and the excellent Gary Barnacle on sax. Smash Hits infamously described Steve and Rusty as "two wafer-thin talents" in the review of the 'Love Glove' single. Was the now defunct famous pop mag right? In my opinion, emphatically no!
Steve and Rusty took the band in a completely new direction and especially let Gary Barnacle free to deliver some great sax work throughout the album. Even the song subjects here are radically different from the previous two albums. For instance, 'Beat Boy' (in it's many versions) is about factory working and 'Casualty' concerns a child leaving home for the first time. 'Only The Good Die Young' was featured on a Radio One session at the time and like 'Casualty', is a guitar dominated track and is a good example of the new rock sound. 'Love Glove' was the first single and only (minor) hit from the album, reaching no 54 in the single chart. Of all the songs here, it most closely resembles the Visage sound of old.
Unfortunately, the failure (in chart terms) of both the album and singles effectively marked the end of Visage. Steve went on to form and front the badly punned 'Strange Cruise' project. This resulted in two singles ('Rebel Blue Rocker' and 'The Beat Goes On') and a self-titled album that were even less succesful than 'Beat Boy'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The big mistake...apart from a few good tracks! 25 Oct 2007
Not half as bad as Steve's next project, "Strange Cruise", before he left the music scene altogether, "Beat Boy" suffers from a heavily Americanised soft-rock sound, alongside a few tracks that would've sounded OK in 'The Anvil' era. Midge and Billie had long gone, so Steve and Rusty took the helm of this version of Visage, and as per the other review, boy does it show! "Love Glove" was very pop, but still had the curious percussive sound of Visage of old, and "Yesterday's Shadow" is a hypnotic semi-ambient vocal offering that stands out from the bulk. "Only The Good Die Young" sounded better when aired on a radio 1 show a year earlier in rougher demo form, and suffers from the production values aimed at a US market more than their comfort zone. Not too bad a song, along lines of "Horseman" on The Anvil lp. The title track is too long and repetitive (allegedly Currie/Formula had some programming involvment) and could have been so much better - whilst the rest of the album is very monotinous with brash female backing vocals that sounded dated instantly! Again "Can You Hear Me" (even pressed as US promo 12", but no remix) has the makings of a half-decent track, bar the bland sound and lack of decent synth playing. The cassette-version of this album was extended and plays almost as a continuous track, but to be honest that does the material no favours atall. The US Lp moved the inner sleeve image to the outer front (which looks a lot more dramatic as a result, even if very kitsch), but the tracklisting is exactly the same. Probably a big mistake to release this album atall, as it was so eagerly awaited and hence so easily disappointed. If you like "Love Glove" then it's worth a listen, but don't expect to be overly impressed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Vis/age - What did you expect ?
I give 4/5 pts. for this Album; even it is a great disappointment if one take The Anvil as a comparison...But what did you expect? Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Stefan Prediger
1.0 out of 5 stars The disappointment
Waiting two and half years for an album was unheard of in the early 80's. Nethertheless this happened with Visage's third album Beat Boy. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by G. ASLETT
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a terrible return...but?
To be honest I picked this up at the weekend at a car boot sale ,as a vinyl copy it misses the bonus tracks but as someone who has awaited hearing this album(as I couldn't afford... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2009 by Mr. A. J. Skelton
4.0 out of 5 stars The final album ... or is it?
With 'Love Glove' failing to cause much of a ripple in the charts, and my only recollection of the follow-up single, title track 'Beat Boy' being performed by a lone Steve Strange... Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by N. A. Parry
3.0 out of 5 stars A must buy item...
This album was the third LP released by Visage and despite the outstanding tracks Beat Boy and Love Glove it didn't have the same commercial success as the Visage and The Anvil... Read more
Published on 8 May 2009 by Sebulba
1.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason this only peaked at 79 in the charts
This was the part of the 80's when music had reached a real all-time low. What was once exciting, edgy and ground-breaking experimental pop music had fallen into the hands of the... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2009 by D. Bethell
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