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on 25 June 2012
Edsel release all three of The Beat's back catalogue as 2CD + DVD digipak. It includes b-sides, non album a-sides, live material plus BBC sessions to make this the ultimate CD edition.
The only down side to 'Special Beat Service' is that unfortunately the Dave Allen and United States of America remixes of 'I Confess' are one of the same. The mix which is missing begins with the word 'Confess' being heavily echoed at the beginning and in my view is the better remix of the song. Hopefully the error will be corrected.
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on 31 July 2012
I BOUGHT THIS ON LP WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED & IT WAS A GREAT ALBUM OF GREAT TUNES FROM THE BEAT.
IT WAS THEIR 3RD STUDIO ALBUM & LAST.AS WITH THEIR 1ST & 2ND ALBUM (I JUST CAN'T STOP IT & WHA'PPEN)IT WAS FULL OF GREAT SONGS.THE STAND OUT TRACKS FOR ME IS SAVE IT FOR LATER,I CONFESS & SOLE SALVATION.
THIS CLASSIC ALBUM HAS NOW BEEN REISSUED WITH A BONUS CD & DVD FULL OF EXCELLENT MATERIAL.
IF YOU BOUGHT THIS ALBUM WAY BACK IN '82 THEN I WOULD SAY BUY THE REISSUE A MUST FOR ALL FANS OF THE BEAT & THE 2TONE
ERA.
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on 2 October 2015
The best of the deluxe reissues due to the number of extras on this. They were getting better and better and went out on a high with this their final album. Highlights are Sole Salvation and End Of The Party and the sublime Save It For Later, but all the other tracks are strong. Probably their most melodic album
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on 3 August 2015
Probably one of the finest albums in a year of excellent albums. The Beat were a great group. Too bad they couldn't keep it together. Extra songs are fantastic. DVD is really fun. All around really nice reissue.
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on 26 June 2012
ska/2-tone music of the highest calibre with lots of echo chamber sound affects by the producer(B.Sargeant) + engineer().

NB: if you need a 12" vinyl record to test a record deck then grab this one to audition your selections in your quality local hifi shop.

originally on vinyl, cassette and then in mid80's an early un-re-mastered CD from USA, then remastered in 2004 on CD in UK/row.

this (2012) deluxe-edn-CD is 2CD+DVD long in a digipack sleeve plus extensive notes in a neat booklet now all on budget Edsel (sub-Demon) (sub-Warner) label.

CD1 => original album + 12"extds + 12"dub + non-album cuts

CD2 => 12"extds + prev.unreleased + 5 live cuts + "can't get used to losing you" (1983 remix) + 12"USA-remix + John Peel BBC Radio2 sessions + Jensen Live.

DVD => video singles + TOTP(BBC1) + bonus [Tube(ch4TV)+OTT(ITV)] live perf.

overall ultra-high VFM reissue (long awaited) - will sell out very quickly i reckon.

3rd of 3 albums in 1982/3. everything on vinyl+VHS from that final year.
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on 24 August 2014
Very pleased all round, everything was easy. Would recommend and use again. A++++++++++++++
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on 27 August 2015
played it several times love it.
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on 8 March 2015
Another great album.
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on 23 November 2015
great discs
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A classic album, no one could forget classic track stand down Margret. It is very brilliant and shows that all people the world over are entitled to equal rights
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