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The Complete Studio Recordings Box set, Limited Edition
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The Beat was formed in Birmingham in 1979, with members Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals, toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), David Steele (bass) and veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa. An important part of the whole 2-Tone movement, the band hit immediately with their version of "Tears Of A Clown", and followed it with three huge hit albums and a further twelve hit singles (more than The Speicals!), all included in this 4 CD clamshell box set. Songs like "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Hands Off...She's Mine", "Doors Of Your Heart" and "Save It For Later" remain radio favourites to this day. Also included on the bonus CD are seven special dub remixes and an annotated booklet.
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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.
Here are the finite details… UK released 12 May 2014 (20 May in the USA) - "The Complete Studio Recordings" is a 4CD Box Set on Edsel EDSB 4013 (Barcode 740155401337) and breaks down as follows…
Disc 1 (36:28 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are their debut album "I Just Can't Stop It" – released May 1980 in the UK on Go Feet Records BEAT 001 (it reached No. 3 on the Album charts).
Disc 2 (39:57 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are their 2nd album "Wha'ppen?" – released May 1981 in the UK on Go Feet Records BEAT 3 (it also reached No. 3).
Disc 3 (39:34 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are their 3rd album "Special Beat Service" – released September 1982 in the UK on Go Feet Records BEAT 5 (it reached No. 21).
Disc 4 is a BONUS ALBUM (73:08 minutes):
Tracks 1 and 2 are Tears Of A Clown and Ranking Full Stop – their debut non-album 7” single released November 1979 in the UK on Two Tone Records CHS TT 6
Tracks 3 and 4 are Too Nice To Talk To and Psychedelic Rockers – a non-album 7” single released December 1980 on Go Feet Records FEET 4
Tracks 5 and 6 are Hit It and Which Side Of The Bed…?Read more ›