- Audio CD (25 Jun. 2012)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Box set
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B007PEPMG6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
I Just Cant Stop It [Deluxe Edition] CD+DVD, Box set
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The Beat was formed in Birmingham in 1978, with members Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals, toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa, and David Steele on bass. The band was part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.
The Beat s first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson s Tears Of A Clown , given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition Ranking Full Stop . Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops. Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, Hands Off... She s Mine , and was the first of twelve chart singles for the band on Go-Feet.
Edsel Records is proud to announce its reissue programme of all three of the band s albums, each in Deluxe 2 CD + DVD digipaks, featuring the original albums along with all the non-album A- and B-sides, the many 12 mixes and live tracks, as well as the best of their BBC radio sessions from John Peel, Mike Read and David Jensen s shows. The DVDs feature the singles promo videos, Top Of The Pops performances and bonus appearances from ITV shows and documentaries.
First album I Just Can t Stop It (1980, # 3) features the hits Tears Of A Clown , Hands Off... She s Mine , Mirror In The Bathroom , Best Friend and Stand Down Margaret as well as 19 bonus tracks, including nine previously unreleased BBC radio sessions. The DVD features three promo videos, five TOTP appearances and a live performance recorded for ITV s Alright Now .
The booklet features an individual note especially written by Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers, along with the lyrics and photos, memorabilia and ephemera from the band s own collection.
The Beat’s greatest strength was also their biggest weakness. Dave Wakeling was a superb bandleader and songwriter, bringing Elvis Costello-like intelligence to the Birmingham sextet’s bouncy mix of punk, reggae, calypso and pop. But, in a British pop era dominated by charismatic eccentrics, Wakeling was a sullen and unprepossessing frontman.
As the DVD of TV appearances that form part of this comprehensive reissue proves, once you saw The Beat in 1980, all you remembered is how much you loved, feared or fancied Terry Hall, Kevin Rowland and Suggs.
Which is perhaps why only this debut album has found a place in British music’s fickle memory banks. I Just Can’t Stop It, with its delicious claret, white and black pop-art cover and relentless danceability, feels entirely comprised of hit singles (and six of the 12 tracks were, including double A-sides). Its fusion of black and white musical influences and anti-racist defiance makes it as perfect an example of the 2 Tone era as anything by The Specials or Madness.
Because of Bob Sargeant’s tough and simple production and its historic place as the first digitally recorded album, it hasn’t dated. And this despite the presence of anti-Thatcher anthem Stand Down Margaret, which now sounds like one of pop’s most futile gestures.
What quickly undid The Beat, apart from Wakeling’s lack of X factor, was the increasing disconnect between the catchy, carnivalesque music and morbid, self-lacerating lyrical themes. When 1981’s Wha’ppen? and 1982’s Special Beat Service – also deservedly reissued here with a slew of bonus material – failed commercially, The Beat split, with Wakeling and Roger going on to minor US success as General Public, and bassist Cox and guitarist Steele hitting the mother lode alongside Roland Gift as Fine Young Cannibals.
As with the majority of post-punk bands, The Beat’s natural sense of musical adventure and bleak worldview wouldn’t mesh comfortably with 80s pop’s rediscovery of glam aesthetics and upward mobility. But I Just Can’t Stop It remains one of British pop’s most lovable and ebullient albums, and the kind of politicised party album they just don’t make anymore.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cd 1. (36.28 mins) The album is just as vibrant and exciting as I remember it. There are many great tracks - 'Mirror in the bathroom', 'Hands off', 'Twist & crawl' and the fantastic 'Best friend' (disc 2 contains its B-side the anthem 'Stand down Margaret (dub)'. Great sound quality overall, 10/10.
Cd 2. (66.45 mins) Contains the 1979 2-Tone single 'Tears of a clown/Ranking full stop', 'Stand down Margaret (dub version), other mixes of some of the A's & B's and finishes with 5 John Peel radio sessions and 4 Mike Read show performances. 7/10.
Dvd. Contains 2 singles videos, and 5 'Top of the pops' performances + a bonus.
Overall a fantastic package - well done Edsel records.
Uplifting & witty, with a degree of social & political consciousness - one of the best records to come from the 2Tone inspired "ska revival" era.
If you can't dance like a lunatic to this, you can't dance to anything.
A really enjoyable top quality album.Worth every single penny.
If you can, go & catch them live, Ranking Roger & co are still doing the rounds - great band, great show, terrific songs.
This is a must for someone tentatively dipping a toe in the oft murky waters of English Ska. The stuff that came after wasn't so great and this caught The (English) Beat at their best.
I went to see The Beat in October in my home town - Roger, Everett & Blockhead are all still there. They went down a storm -particularly the tracks from I Just Can't Stop It. If you get a chance, see them - best gig I've been to in years!
NB: if you need a 12" vinyl record to test a record deck then grab this one to audition your selections in your quality local hifi shop.
originally on vinyl, cassette and then in mid80's an early un-re-mastered CD from USA, then remastered in 2004 on CD in UK/row.
this (2012) deluxe-edn-CD is 2CD+DVD long in a digipack sleeve plus extensive notes in a neat booklet now all on budget Edsel (sub-Demon) (sub-Warner) label.
CD1 => original album
CD2 => debut non-LP 7" + all LP-tracks extd vers + dub vers + 90's CD single MITB cuts + BBCradio2 john peel live show(5 songs) + BBCradio1 mike read live show(4 songs).
DVD => video singles + TOTP(BBC1) + bonus live perf.
NB track "cant get used to losing you" (1983 remix) is on the 3rd reissue-CD album.
overall ultra-high VFM reissue (long awaited) - will sell out very quickly i reckon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great record with the remastering it deserves, not squashed by over compression and every part is clear on my hi-fi.Published 10 months ago by JGB
I brought it for a Christmas present. I know the person is going to enjoy. This CD.Published 12 months ago by cjk
The Beat were always my favourite two-tone group. When I heard "Mirror in the Bathroom" I was astonished! I knew then that The Beat were two tone's best songwriters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ResolutionCool
The one that has worn least well of their 3 albums - but still a classic and a must have for any ska fanPublished 14 months ago by MR J NEILL