I first heard them on my friend’s record player in his dad’s garage – I heard many a good records in my friend’s dad’s garage! I had no idea what hearing The Beat’s music would do for my musical listening future. The Beat’s first album, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’, turned me onto other Two-Tone bands (The Specials, Bad Manners, Madness, The Selector, etc), which in turn had me looking back to the Jamaican classics and the rest is history. Back in 1982 I would have never have thought that I could ever owe ‘The Complete Beat’ but now in 2012, in just a few days, I can. You can! We all can!
“This collection features all three studio albums from The English Beat with added non-album bonus tracks and two full CD’s containing 12″ mixes, dub versions and live tracks, including three never-before-released John Peel sessions!” – Shout Factory
You can pay The Beat a huge compliment by going out (or staying in and ordering online) and buying yourself a copy of this collection of everything Beat!
This 5-CD set includes: I Just Can’t Stop It(1980) – Plus Bonus Tracks Wha’ppen?(1981) – Plus Bonus Tracks Special Beat Service(1982) – Plus Bonus Tracks BONUS BEAT: Disc 1 – 12″ & Dub Versions BONUS BEAT: Disc 2 – Peel Sessions & Live in Boston
So don’t delay, order your copy today, here’s some links to help you get The Complete Beat:
And of course you pick up a copy at one of The Beat’s LIVE shows!
So just how well do you know about The Beat?
Well here’s some trivia questions for you, go check out the answers at funtrivia.com
1. Which English Beat album was released in May 1980?
2. Which popular song from “Special Beat Service” featured the following lyrics: “It’s not a joke it’s cards on the table time”?
3. This song featured the sound of a dog barking at the very end.
4. The English Beat split into two major bands in the early 80s. Which of the following was one of the two bands?
5. Finish this phrase from the lyrics to a song on the “Wha’ppen” album: “You could win a car, or a dream home in ___”.
6. In what year did the English Beat form?
7. What older Jamaican musician played saxophone for the English Beat on all three albums?
8. The instrumental version of the song “Rotating Heads” was featured in which movie?
9. Which of the following songs did NOT appear on the album “I Just Can’t Stop It”?
10. Who was the producer for all three Beat albums?
But wait! What is this? If its not enough to get a complete collection of The Beat’s musical past, we could also be in for a real treat in the not so distant future as well, here’s what Dave Wakeling said in a recent interview with Darryl Sterdan, QMI Agency:
“Darryl: Now that you’re back, will you make a fourth album? “Dave Wakeling: Well, we’ve got 20-odd new songs. We play three or four a night in the set, and people say quite a lot of them sound like the first Beat album. But I don’t know about an album. I’m thinking about EPs. I always used to love EPs; I wasn’t too much of an albums person myself. I was more a singles man, really. So an EP, I could just about tolerate that.” The English Beat’s ‘Which Side of the Bed’ and ‘Save it For Later’.