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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Go Feet
  • ASIN: B000050IG5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mirror In The Bathroom
  2. Save It For Later
  3. I Confess
  4. Tears Of A Clown
  5. Whine And Grine/Stand Down Margaret
  6. Best Friend
  7. Rankin' Full Stop
  8. Can't Get Used To Losing You
  9. Hands Off...She's Mine
  10. Twist And Crawl
  11. Too Nice To Talk To
  12. Doors Of Your Heart
  13. Click Click
  14. Sole Salvation
  15. Drowning

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They were a great band. At a time when the Specials were lording
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)
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After buying this record on the strength of one song,Mirror in the bathroom I was very impressed by the variety of songs on this album.Although I would of only been in nappies when The Beat were strutting their stuff their simple yet sharp lyrics will never age."Save it for later" is a quick catchy dancable track,"Doors of your heart" is a powerful ballad with some great verses,"Sole Salvation" has the brilliant line "If you have a heart then dont take mine" and "Stand down Margaret" is political without being self righteous.In a nutshell The Beat are a band that can combine a great instrumental sound with simple but effective lyrics something that we are seeing less and less of nowadays.
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great band, fantastic best of, start here then buy the proper albums, your feet won't stop twitching and dancing till someone hits them with a sledgehammer, underrated and one of the ska greats...
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The Beat were by far the best band from the '2-tone' stable. This band should have been huge as I've never met anyone who doesn't like them! In my opinion better than The Specials. The only trouble with this release is that as it's a 'best of' I think there should be a lot more tracks on it but hey, you can't have everything. So put on your Harrington and Sta-Prest, play this record and get into some Real dance music.
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The Beat - what a fantastic band. This record is a must.Absolutley brilliant overview of their career , with some fantastic tracks which sound like they could have been recorded yesterday.
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 !
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This album reflects what I consider to be the best tracks of the early 80's Ska era. Stand back Andy Willaims let in the best version of 'Cant get used to losing you' ever recorded. A must for every record collection.
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The unsmiling purists didn't much like the original incarnation of The Beat (the "English" was added for the Americans) - as they were perhaps the slickest - and musically adventurous - act to emerge out of the early 1980s ska revival, embracing everything from Motown to punk, music hall, and 1960s rock. Yet there are a quite a few compilations showcasing the best bits from this short-lived group's small body of work.

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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