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Beat This! The Best Of The Beat CD
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it and having the big success, their local rivals (The Beat were
Brummies to The Specials' Coventarians), The Beat more than held
their own and turned in some great work.
Their first two albums, I Just Can't Stop It and Wha'ppen, hold
the greatest of their work with Special Beat Service a disappointment overall, apart from the brilliant single Save
It For Later. This compilation is basically a cut-down version
of BPM, a double-disc comp put out a few years ago with a slightly different track listing and the inevitable dodgy modern
remix (of Mirror In The Bathroom).
The Beat's music was special: combining tight punky drumming
from Everett Moreton and superb bass and rhythm guitar work
from Dave Steele and Andy Cox (later to be two thirds of the
Fine Young Cannibals), the whole thing glided on a smooth
rhythmic presence with Dave Wakeling's gruff and yet emotive
vocals being counterpointed by the toasting of the great Ranking
Roger. If this wasn't enough, they had a veteran aboard in the
shape of Saxo, a middle-aged Jamaican who played up a storm.
Check out Stand Down Margaret!
Speaking of Maggie, they donated all their royalties from it -
about £15,000 - to CND and the Anti-Nuclear Campaign. The
early 80s were a turbulent time politically and The Beat were
right there in it. The song is an impassioned but ultimately
naive rant against Thatcher and her cronies.
The Beat never achieved their full potential and languished in
the shadow of lesser rivals (ahem). You can experience just
how good their output from 1979-83 is here. Enjoy!
Al (a 36 year old)
If you only know "Mirror In The Bathroom"then you are truly missing out on some fantastic music from a top band.
The Beat were a really uplifting band, the music on this collection is great,there seems to be so much to listen to on their albums - really doesn't get better than this.
The CD gives an overview of the way The Beat developed as a band, with a cross section of tracks from all of their albums.Wakeling is a hugely underrated lyricist & songwriter, this CD proves the point.
Ranking Roger is still doing the rounds on the live circuit under The Beat / Twist & Crawl banner, if this CD doesn't encourage you to go & see them, then I'm afraid you require medical help.
If you don't get this compilation buy "The Platinum Collection" - either will be a top mark investment !
This luminescent pink 2000 American import was selected by polling for the website http://www.thebeatuk.com. Their fans have chosen well. All of their biggest singles are here: 'Hands Off She's Mine'; 'Mirror In The Bathroom'; 'Best Friend'; their quirky cover versions of Smokey Robinson's 'Tears of a Clown' and Andy Williams' 'Can't Get Used To Losing You', and the very bold anti-Thatcher statement 'Stand Down Margaret'. Their collective wisdom also recognises that their first album I Just Cant Stop It [Deluxe Edition] is by far their best, with 7 songs selected from it; and they have included strong album tracks like 'Sole Salvation' at the expense of weak singles such as 'Hit It' (which just scraped the Top 75).
Despite its uncritical sleeve-notes, and difficult-to-access PC content, at 15 songs this punningly-titled CD shows that bit more discernment than a collection like the cheaply-priced, but actually quite flabby, 37 song double CD, You Just Can't Beat It : The Best Of
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They were one of the best of there genre a really greAt cd which is class for car and livingroomPublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by sparkatron
It is SKA in its best and influenced Reggae and other type of music. Great sound and beat! Indeed beat this!Published on 26 Oct. 2013 by Americo Vespucio