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English Beat [CASSETTE]

The Beat, The English Beat Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: International Record
  • ASIN: B00000ELTO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,424,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Special Beat Service by The English Beat Cassette Tape 0203I

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally ignored album by top band 15 July 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The singles from Special Beat Service(Save It For Later, Jeanette & I Confess)all narrowly missed the top 40. I can only put this down to lack of airplay/changing public tastes because the singles & Special Beat Service are brilliant.
Save It For Later is still my favourite Beat song - it's worth getting the album for this alone, but there's so much more. Sole Salvation deserved a single release while tracks like Sugar & Stress and End Of The Party hint at what might have been had Dave & Roger not jumped ship and split the band.
There are nods to the band's reggae influences as well which makes for a mix of styles which is as refreshing now as then.
If it's hits you want, get I just Can't Stop It, but for sheer quality this is THE Beat album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beat's Third Album 3 Sep 2003
By Jimbo VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Beat are a band deserving of accolade after accolade producing some of the most complex, gritty, serious music with as much humour as Madness but to me far greater talents were involved in Brum's finest's band.
Lots of people have 'dissed' this album as the worst of the three and admittedly,third albums are always difficult for bands - the choice between 'tried and tested' and 'new direction' is one of the oldest musical questions but Special Beat Service comes up trumps. The Beat decided to 'shift' their style albeit only slightly with this album but they managed to produce some of their best tunes e.g. 'Save It For Later' (with the 'fellator' double entendre good ol' Dave Wakeling!), 'I Confess' fantastic piano intro, 'Spar Wid Me' ('because we all know that Elvis died fat'! Classic!) etc etc etc.
Not one bad song and an album you can play again and again.
Buy It.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated and Ignored but Brilliant 30 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I remember seeing The Beat on OTT (the late night adult spin off from Tizwas)when this album came out. I had like them before this but I said to my friend at the time that this would either make them really big or it would be the end of them. Unfortunately the latter was the case.

This album had such a cool cover, borrowing from the old BEA airline livery. The songs were great, I loved Jeanette in particular but the whole album was just a great pop album.

Review Update:
This new 2 CD plus DVD version is just what the doctor ordered, brilliant, it even contains the legendary (in my book anyway) OTT performance on the DVD, however, this is where memory and reality clash. I remembered the OTT performance as a great live performance with loads of atmosphere but in reality it is the band mining to a backing track, guitars not plugged in , drum dampers clearly visible and a studio that looked like an ealy 80's Saturday morning TV show (OTT was an attempt to turn a Saturday morning kids show into a Saturday late evening young adults show). Despite this reality check and the DVD content, as is usual in these packages, being less than indispensible, I love the music and the 2 CD are brilliant!
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Format:Audio CD
"Special Beat Service" was the last album by Birmingham's The Beat, one of the more sophisticated groups to grow out of the 2-Tone explosion. "SBS" showcases their combined talents for soul ("I Confess", "Sole Salvation" and "End of the Party"), reggae ("Spar Wid Me", "Pato and Roger A-Go Talk") and calypso ("Ackee 1-2-3"). The groups heritage took in the West Indies as well as the West Midlands, and this is evident in the complex percussion and guitar rhythms all the way through. The Beat had always played calypso style, from their first album "I Just Can't Stop It", demonstrating the two-guitar attack style that energised the dance floors of the early 1980s.
"SBS" kicks off with the driving soul of "I Confess", piano and guitar taking Dave Wakelings plaintive vocals to new heights. Then it crashes into "Jeanette", a ska-derived tune celebrating a love affair that this time has gone right. The Motown influence comes back with "Sorry" and "Sole Salvation", the latter with a bass line that Paul Weller would have given his Union Jack jacket for. Ranking Roger also surprises us with his vocal range in the background. All the way through these first songs, Wakelings lyrics are superb, completely relevant and measured as he works his way through all the facets of relationships. We then head back to the Caribbean with "Spar Wid Me", a funky reggae piece toasted to perfection by Roger, and "Rotating Heads"..... The 12" version of this, "Dance of the Swivelheads", is worth tracking down, by the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Goes The Beat 7 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
By 1982 the ska revolution of Two Tone was over, both The Specials and The Selecter had split up and Madness had become children's entertainers with songs about driving car's and slick video's. The Beat had to change to survive and so surprised everybody by putting out a perfect pop album.

The album opens with bubble gum pop single `I Confess' which leads nicely into the quirky single choice `Jeanette' before settling back into pop terrain with `Sorry' and fantastically written if not executed `Sole Salvation'. The Beat temporarily return to the reggae of their previous album with `Spar Wid Me' before the brassy pop blast of `Rotating Heads'.

Side two opens with the perfect Beat single `Save it for Later' before returning to the pop of `She's Going'. Ranking Roger and Ranking Pato's single `A Go Talk' is bizarrely included before the album closed with the pop of `Sugar and Stress', the aching love song `End of the Party' and pop reggae party of `Ackee 1-2-3'.

Not the greatest Beat album but it's a sort of guilty pleasure of mine.
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