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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B007V6ON1S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What a collection - a truly consistent band back in their heyday. Lovely packaging.
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Every track you'll ever need!
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HASH(0x8fa6c4b0) out of 5 stars The English Beat's Much-Deserved Box 10 July 2012
By Dave Fever Tree Sigmon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Whoever claimed that time marches on was dead wrong. It's just rolled back to 1981 - the year this band became a life-changing event. As a college freshman, while I was speaking to a fellow alumnus, I heard this noise come through the intercom by the campus radio station which flummoxed and mesmerized me. The sounds of intense drumming, throbbing bass, spacey-sounding sax and the toasting of second lead singer, Ranking Roger, transported me. I was all but lost to that student conversation for I was locking into what was none other than "Doors of Your Heart". This is when, where, how and why my relationship to the English Beat and to college radio had begun. And, with this new box set, it's reawakened my interest. The improvements made in the audio quality of their original three records is also a contributing factor.

Disc 1 - With the adrenaline drive of their debut album, "I Just Can't Stop It", there's no need to wait for the coffee to take hold. No band has come so close in fusing ska, reggae and punk with such inspired freshness. "Best Friend", with its standout melody, chronicles isolation as accurately as any song ever has. The politics in "Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret" are so rousing that they've escaped the Thatcher era and have continued relevance to this day. They outdo Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used To Losing You" by giving the song the moodiness and desperation it requires.

Disc 2 - Their brilliant followup, "Wha'ppen?", still assimilates some of the reggae and punk rhythms but weaves more World Music textures and mid-tempo numbers. It's their bleakest record. They speak of broken relationships in "Walk Away", paranoia in "All Out To Get You" and torment in "Drowning", in which a profit-driven tycoon loses his wealth and gets even with himself by suicide. "Dream Home in New Zealand" attempts sanctuary from a nuclear holocaust. Personally, this is the most priceless disc because this includes "Which Side of the Bed?" and "Psychedelic Rockers" - two sensational rarities which had been U.S. available only in cassette form from 1983's best-of entitled "What Is Beat?".

Disc 3 - Their third and final regular release album, "Special Beat Service", places a greater reliance on keyboards. Though it lacks the brutal force of its predecessors, the band establishes itself as adept in a British pop format. The love triangle in "I Confess" or the seductive power of "End of the Party" are pop confections as sweet and lyrically sour as they come. And nothing gets by better solely as pure fun than "Pato and Roger A Go Talk". Right!

Disc 4 - This offers 12" extended versions and dubs. Everything works on its own terms, however, the tracks that work the greatest in this context are the extended versions of "Hit It" and "Twist and Crawl" and the dub versions of "Too Nice To Talk To" and "Drowning". In addition to all their gifts, this is a band that can really lay down the grooves. These dance-rock cuts are sure to get the party moving - money back guaranteed.

Disc 5 - Everything on this disc is live and was culled from four separate gigs from 1979-1982. The first fifteen tracks are nicely divided from three John Peel sessions and the last four tracks are from a November 1982 concert in Boston. If nothing here necessarily trumps the studio versions, it does prove that they were an energized live band. Also, there are enough subtle variations in these renditions to warrant serious listening time. The closer, in which they medley "Get-A-Job/Stand Down Margaret", is a stunner that had long been deleted from circulation.

This box doesn't include everything in their recorded output but it's the most complete career-spanning retrospective that we're likely to get. And it reminds me of several things about this band. Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger can sing. Saxa's otherworldly sax accents personify soul. Guitarist Andy Cox brings the punk edge. Drummer Everett Morton and bassist David Steele are the driving foundation and remain amongst the greatest rhythm section in any idiom. They have timeless songs and they leave us with a legacy in which nobody was any better in letting the music do the talking.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa6c504) out of 5 stars Don't Save Buying This For Later.... 12 July 2012
By J. Kuczenski - Published on
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For those new to the joys of The English Beat (or The Beat, as they were known as in their native England) this 5 CD set may be too much to digest at once, and the concurrently-released Keep The Beat best-of may be a better place to start.

For those already familiar with The English Beat's material, this is 5 CD's worth of pure sonic ear candy! The 3 original albums, all in very good sound (better than the '99 releases, more bass, less trebly to my ears). Wha'ppen and Special Beat Service feature bonus tracks, all worth hearing, and I Just Can't Stop It is restored to the playing order those of us here in the States are familiar with, with Ranking Full Stop and Tears Of A Clown again included (they were not on the original UK issue, nor the '99 reissue)

The "bonus" 2 CD set features 1 disc of dubs, remixes, and extended cuts encompassing the bands whole original career, it makes for a very good listen. Disc 2 is mostly UK Peel Sessions, which sound more like alternate mixes or demos w/ out the audience ambiance coming through, but it is interesting to hear songs from their 3 albums done live, often in early versions with subtle and some not-so-subtle variances from the album versions. This disc rounds out with a bit from a live show from Boston in '82, and it absolutely smokes. It is just a small hint at what this band could actually do live. (one track, the Get A Job/Stand Down Margaret medley was already released on the '83 posthumous collection What Is Beat?) I wish more live stuff was included in this set; the recently-released UK reissues are 2 CD/1 DVD versions of the original 3 albums, all with a good amount of live music as bonus tracks, and, although a pricier, may make more sense as a purchase for some listeners.

There are 4 discs, the bonus 2 disc set encased in a 2 CD case. Lyrics are included, as is a picture/bio book that is oddly slightly longer than the length of the slipcase which holds the CD's. At the current price of $33.99, this is a great purchase, even if, like me, you already have the 3 original albums in one form or another.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f507ea0) out of 5 stars I Confess--I love this set. Features the band's three albums and a 2 disc rarities/remix/Peel sessions CD 22 Jan. 2014
By Wayne Klein - Published on
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The three albums The English Beat made during their short time together during the 1980's receive the deluxe treatment from Shout! Factory with nice sounding remasters by Phil Kincade.

Before anyone asks, I have not compared this to the UK reissues on the Demon/Edsel label and, yes, I know they have more tracks. This was less expensive for me and an excetional set.

Each album has bonus tracks for this set, booklets with lyrics as well as a fourth two CD set with 15 performances from the Peel Sessions, four from a show at the Opera House in Boston and 15 remixes/extended versions of various songs.

There are also two tracks on the first album that weren't on the original UK album, 3 from the second album and four for the third.

There's an excellent booklet included focusing on the history of the band and each CD has a booklet with lyrics for each album.

Track listing:

The English Beat - The Complete Beat 5-CD Set Track Listing
Disc 1:
I Just Can't Stop It (1980)
1. Mirror In The Bathroom
2. Hands Off . . . She's Mine
3. Two Swords
4. Twist & Crawl
5. Tears Of A Clown*
6. Rough Rider
7. Click Click
8. Ranking Full Stop*
9. Big Shot
10. Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
11. Noise In This World
12. Can't Get Used To Losing You
13. Best Friend
14. Jackpot

Disc 2: Wha'ppen? (1981)
1. Too Nice To Talk To*
2. Doors Of Your Heart
3. All Out To Get You
4. Monkey Murders
5. I Am Your Flag
6. French Toast (Soleil Trop Chaud)
7. Drowning
8. Dream Home In NZ
9. Walk Away
10. Over And Over
11. Cheated
12. Get-A-Job
13. The Limits We Set
14. Psychedelic Rockers**
15. Hit It**
16. Which Side Of The Bed?**
*Not on original U.K. or U.S. release
**Bonus Tracks

Disc 3: Special Beat Service (1982)
1. I Confess
2. Jeannette
3. Sorry
4. Sole Salvation
5. Spar Wid Me
6. Rotating Head
7. Save It For Later
8. She's Going
9. Pato And Roger A Go Talk
10. Sugar & Stress
11. End Of The Party
12. Ackee 1 2 3
13. What's Your Best Thing**
14. March Of The Swivel Heads**
15. Cool Entertainer**
16. A Go Talk (Tappy Luppy Dub)**
**Bonus Tracks

Disc 4 - 12" & Dub Versions
1. Hands Off . . . She's Mine (Extended)
2. Twist & Crawl (Extended)
3. Stand Down Margaret (Dub)
4. Too Nice To Talk To (Dubweiser)
5. Psychedelic Rockers (Dubweiser)
6. Doors Of Your Heart (Extended)
7. Drowning (Dub)
8. Hit It (Extended)
9. Which Side Of The Bed? (Extended)
10. Save It For Later (Extended)
11. What's Your Best Thing (Dub)
12. Cool Entertainer (Extended)
13. Jeanette (Extended)
14. March Of The Swivel Heads (Extended)
15. I Confess (Dave Allen Remix)

Disc 5 - Peel Sessions & Live In Boston
Peel Session - November 5, 1979
1. Tears Of A Clown
2. Ranking Full Stop
3. Click Click
4. Mirror In The Bathroom
5. Big Shot
Peel Session - September 22, 1980
6. Too Nice To Talk To
7. Psychedelic Rockers
8. Monkey Murders
9. Walk Away
Peel Session - March 29, 1982
10. Spar Wid Me
11. To The End Of The Party
12. She's Going
13. Save It For Later
14. Sole Salvation
15. Pato And Roger A Go Talk
Opera House - November 19, 1982
16. Best Friend
17. Tears Of A Clown
18. Twist & Crawl
19. Get-A-Job/Stand Down Margaret
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff57690) out of 5 stars Dream Come True! 23 July 2012
By Poe - Published on
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The English Beat is one of the most under-rated bands ever. I've waited for this for so long and it's exactly what I was hoping for. Thank you! The remastering is excellent and the extras are right on. Finally, I have the single "Which Side Of The Bed" again--I wore it out a long time ago on cassete tape and I have never been able to find it again, until now. If you are only a casual fan, get it; you will find so many gems here. Highly recommended.

. . . now only if I could catch them live.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fbf3fa8) out of 5 stars Excellent remastering; great music; complete collection 4 Sept. 2013
By Charles - Published on
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The new mastering on the three studio albums alone is worth the price. They sound obviously better than the CDs available to this point. The amount of detail that new equipment can pull off of old studio master tapes nowadays is surprising. The bass is richer, more defined, and has a great tone (it's real tuneful bass, not thumpy mush). The sound is more clear, full of new detail, and has better depth of soundstage and separation between the instruments and voices. There's not a down side.

The two bonus disks with alternate mixes and live performances are real treat. I've never had more than the studio albums, so I'm looking forward to exploring them.
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