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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beat Goes On, 16 May 2014
This review is from: The Complete Studio Recordings (Audio CD)
For the price, this is a decent set which contains The Beat's three studio albums and a fourth disc which has a collection of non album tracks.

Because this release omits various remixes released during the groups lifetime, some may regard The Complete Studio Recordings as not quite complete. For those who want a more comprehensive overview of the band, it's best to collect the individual deluxe album releases - I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen and Special Beat Service - which contain numerous live songs and remixes which are not present on this boxset.

But since the individual releases will probably give many people more Beat then they could ever need, this boxset is a more concise and cheaper alternative - although for anyone who is looking for an introduction to the group I'd recommend You Just Can't Beat It : The Best Of. Currently on sale for £5.00 it has virtually all the tracks (bar about half a dozen) featured on The Complete Studio Recordings, so is the perfect way to sample the brief recording career of a great band.
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Initial post: 18 May 2014 19:04:13 BDT
Mr Pleasant says:
I'm not sure how "it's accurate to call this The Complete Studio Recordings" when 12 studio recordings haven't been included.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2014 10:18:43 BDT
I suppose it comes down to whether you regard remixes done by third parties as part of the "complete studio recordings" or not. I can see that you do, which is fair enough but others may not.

But this release is probably aimed at the more casual purchaser - hence the price point. As I've mentioned in my review, there's three options for potential purchasers - the individual deluxe releases, this boxset or the You Can't Beat This compilation (depending on how deeply they want to explore the group).

You make a valid point, so I'll slightly amend my review to reflect this.
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