The English Beat to release new best-of, box set in U.S., expanded reissues in Europe

There’s a flurry of activity coming from The English Beat — or as they’re more properly known, The Beat — as Shout! Factory this week announced plans to release both a new single-disc best-of and a 5CD box set featuring the band’s three albums and two discs of bonus material. Meanwhile, Demon Music Group will reissue those same albums in Europe this summer, each packaged with a bonus CD and DVD.

On July 10, U.S. fans will be able to buy the 16-track Keep the Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat as well as the Complete Beat box set, featuring expanded versions of 1980’s I Just Can’t Stop It, 1981’s Wha’ppen? and 1982’s Special Beat Service, plus two discs’ worth of bonus material — most of which is previously unavailable on CD,  including extended and dub mixes, Peel Session recording and live tracks (see full tracklists below).

Plus, those who buy the box set directly from Shout! Factory’s website will receive a bonus: the previously unreleased CD/DVD set The English Beat: Live at the US Festival.

Rolling Stone this week premiered two tracks from the box set, a Peel Sessions version of “Save It For Later” and “Which Side of the Bed,” previously unreleased in the U.S. Stream both here.

While these are U.S. releases, they’ll be preceded by the June 25 release in Europe of expanded, 2CD/1DVD editions of those first three Beat albums. Tracklists have not yet been revealed for those sets, but the band’s publicist confirms they’ll feature “mostly the same material” as the U.S. box set — with the notable exception of the bonus US Festival release.

UPDATE: Tracklists for the 2CD/1DVD reissues are now included below. Our friends at The Second Disc have a good comparison of the U.S. box set vs. the U.K. reissues, and why, if you’re a Beat completist, you’ll have to buy both.

 

Tracklist: Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of The English Beat

1. “Mirror In The Bathroom”
2. “Doors Of Your Heart”
3. “Save It For Later”
4. “Twist & Crawl”
5. “The Tears Of A Clown”
6. “Best Friend”
7. “I Confess”
8. “Ranking Full Stop”
9. “Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret”
10. “Get-A-Job”
11. “Jeanette”
12. “Too Nice To Talk To”
13. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”
14. “Sole Salvation”
15. “Hands Off … She’s Mine”
16. “End Of The Party”

 

Tracklist: The English Beat, The Complete Beat

CD 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”
* Not on original U.K. release

CD 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

CD 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

CD 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)

CD 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, Boston – November 19, 1982
16. “Best Friend”
17. “Tears Of A Clown”
18. “Twist & Crawl”
19. “Get-A-Job/Stand Down Margaret”

 

Tracklist: The Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It: Deluxe Edition

CD 1
1. “Mirror In The Bathroom”
2. “Hands Off…She’s Mine”
3. “Two Swords”
4. “Twist & Crawl”
5. “Rough Rider”
6. “Click Click”
7. “Big Shot”
8. “Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret”
9. “Noise In This World”
10. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”
11. “Best Friend”
12. “Jackpot”

CD 2
1. “Tears Of A Clown”
2. “Ranking Full Stop”
3. “Twist & Crawl” [Extended]
4. “Hands Off…She’s Mine” [Extended]
5. “Stand Down Margaret” [Dub]
6. “Mirror In The Bathroom” [Sure Is Pure Mix]
7. “Mirror In The Bathroom” [Tic Tac Toe Mix]
8. “Mirror In The Bathroom” [Spike Stent Mix]
9. “Dub In The Bathroom” [Simon & Diamond Mix]
10. “Just Can’t Stop The Dub” [Adelphi Mix]
11. “Tears Of A Clown” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 5th November 1979)
12. “Ranking Full Stop” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 5th November 1979)
13. “Click Click” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 5th November 1979)
14. “Mirror In The Bathroom” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 5th November 1979)
15. “Big Shot” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 5th November 1979)
16. “Hands Off…She’s Mine” (Mike Read Show – 11th February 1980)
17. “Mirror In The Bathroom” (Mike Read Show – 11th February 1980)
18. “Rough Rider” (Mike Read Show – 11th February 1980)
19. “Twist & Crawl” (Mike Read Show – 11th February 1980)

DVD
1. “Hands Off…She’s Mine” (DVD Single Video)
2. “Mirror In The Bathroom” (DVD Single Video)
3. “Best Friend” (DVD Single Video)
4. “Tears Of A Clown” [Top Of The Pops – 13th December 1979]
5. “Tears Of A Clown” [Top Of The Pops – 3rd January 1980]
6. “Hands Off…She’s Mine” [Top Of The Pops – 22nd February 1980]
7. “Mirror In The Bathroom” [Top Of The Pops –  1st May 1980]
8. “Best Friend” [Top Of The Pops – 4th September 1980]
9. Bonus DVD Feature – “Alright Now” – 12th December

 

Tracklist: The Beat, Wha’ppen?: Deluxe Edition

CD 1
1. “Doors Of Your Heart”
2. “All Out To Get You”
3. “Monkey Murders”
4. “I Am Your Flag”
5. “French Toast (Soleil Trop Chaud)”
6. “Drowning”
7. “Dream Home In N.Z.”
8. “Walk Away”
9. “Over And Over”
10. “Cheated”
11. “Get-A-Job”
12. “The Limits We Set”

CD 2
1. “Too Nice To Talk To”
2. “Psychedelic Rockers”
3. “Too Nice To Talk To” [Dubweiser]
4. “Psychedelic Rockers” [Dubweiser]
5. “Doors Of Your Heart” [Dub]
6. “Drowning” [Dub]
7. “Hit It”
8. “Which Side Of The Bed…?”
9. “Hit It” [12” mix]
10. “Which Side Of The Bed…?” [12” mix]
11. “Too Nice To Talk To” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 22nd September 1980)
12. “New Psychedelic Rockers” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 22nd September 1980)
13. “Monkey Murders” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 22nd September 1980)
14. “Walk Away” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 22nd September 1980)

DVD
1. “Too Nice To Talk To” (DVD Single Video)
2. “All Out To Get You” (DVD Single Video)
3. “Doors To Your Heart” (DVD Single Video)
4. “Drowning” (DVD Single Video)
5. “Hit It” (DVD Single Video)
6. “Too Nice To Talk To” [Top Of The Pops – 18th December 1980]
7. “Drowning” [Top Of The Pops – 16th April 1981]
8. “All Out To Get You” [Top Of The Pops – 30th April 1981]
9. “Too Nice To Talk To” [Top Of The Pops – 25th December 1981]
10. “Get-A-Job” (World In Action documentary)
11. Interview with Dave Wakeling (World In Action documentary)
12. “Stand Down Margaret” (World In Action documentary)
13. Interview with Dave, Roger and Andy (World In Action documentary)

 

Tracklist: The Beat, Special Beat Service: Deluxe Edition

CD1
1. “I Confess”
2. “Jeanette”
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 And Stress”
11. “End Of The Party”
12. “Ackee 1-2-3”
13. “What’s Your Best Thing”
14. “Save It For Later” [Extended]
15. “What’s Your Best Thing” [Dub Style]
16. “Cool Entertainer” [by Ranking Roger]
17. “A Go Talk” (Tappy Luppy Dub) [by Pato & Roger]
18. “Cool Entertainer” [Extended] [by Ranking Roger]
19. “March Of The Swivel Heads”

CD2
1. “Jeanette” [Extended]
2. “March Of The Swivel Heads” [Extended]
3. “I Confess” [Dave Allen remix]
4. “It Makes Me Rock” [Previously unreleased]
5. “Doors Of Your Heart” [Live at Hammersmith Palais]
6. “I Confess” [Live at Hammersmith Palais]
7. “Spar Wid Me” [Live at Hammersmith Palais]
8. “Save It For Later” [Live at Hammersmith Palais]
9. “Mirror In The Bathroom” [Live at Hammersmith Palais]
10. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” [1983 remix]
11. “Ackee 1-2-3” [‘Jellybean’ Benitez Nike Mix]
12. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” [Extended 1983 remix]
13. “I Confess” [United States of America remix]
14. “Spar Wid Me” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
15. “She’s Going” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
16. “Save It For Later” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
17. “Sole Salvation” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
18. “Pato And Roger A Go Talk” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
19. “End Of The Party” (BBC Radio Sessions – John Peel Show – 29th March 1983)
20. “Night And Day” (David Jensen Show – 22nd April 1982)

DVD
1. “Save It For Later” (DVD Single Video)
2. “I Confess” (DVD Single Video)
3. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” [Top Of The Pops – 5th May 1983]
4. “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” [Top Of The Pops – 19th May 1983]
5. “Save It For Later” (OTT – 27th March 1982)
6. “Stand Down Margaret” (OTT – 27th March 1982)
7. “Save It For Later” (Bonus DVD Feature The Tube – 14th January 1983)
8. “Mirror In The Bathroom” (Bonus DVD Feature The Tube – 14th January 1983)
9. “Too Nice To Talk To” (Bonus DVD Feature The Tube – 14th January 1983)
10. Jools Holland interview with Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  • finally, which side of the bed on cd!

     
  • Ferris

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091042/soundtrack

    Ah. Not included was “March of the Swivelheads”, which would have otherwise been on a Ferris Bueller soundtrack, had there been one.

     
  • Ackee 1-2-3 (Nike Mix)? Hammersmith Odeon Live tracks ? Can’t Get Used to Losing You remixes ? Oooh!!!! So close but still not quite there. But still very excited for Pato and Roger tracks and other vinyl extended mixes and tracks.

     
  • Michael

    March of the Swivelheads is track #13 on CD 3 of this set.

     
  • Very cool tracks! “March Of The Swivel Heads” – My personal favorite. :D

     
  • glenn

    This is great stuff but sad to see the omissions. Is this the US or UK mix of I Confess?

    I love their extended mixes. I’ll be able to sell of some vinyl now…

     
    • glenn

      I dug up a list of tracks I had compiled that hadn’t been released on CD (to my knowledge). Many of these are covered. I am curious to see the tracklisting for the UK issues. Demon usually is quite thorough. Will the US Festival get an independent release? I have that on a VHS dub but the quality isn’t quite there.

      4:34 Hands Off…She’s Mine (12″)
      ?:?? Psychedelic Rockers (7″)
      ?:?? Which Side Of The Bed…? (7″)
      6:40 Hit It (12″)
      7:32 Which Side Of The Bed…? (12″)
      ?:?? What’s Your Best Thing? (dub style)
      8:40 Pato And Roger (Ago Talk) (tappy-lappy dub)
      3:30 Cool Entertainer
      5:53 Cool Entertainer (12″)
      3:36 March Of The Swivelheads (7″ mix)
      4:09 Jeanette (12″)
      ?:?? Doors Of Your Heart (live at the hammersmith palais, october, 1982)
      ?:?? Save It For Later (live at the hammersmith palais, october, 1982)
      ?:?? Mirror In The Bathroom (live at the hammersmith palais, october, 1982)
      5:50 I Confess (remix) UK 12″
      ?:?? I Confess (live at the hammersmith palais, october, 1982)
      ?:?? Spar Wid Me (live at the hammersmith palais, october, 1982)
      ?:?? Mirror In The Bathroom/Rankin’ Full Stop (live at the opera house, boston, november 19, 1982)
      4:32 Ackee 1-2-3 (nike remix)

       
    • glenn

      Track lists for the UK releases/DVDs are here:

      http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/content/348.chtml

       
      • glenn

        UK releases cover all mixes including the B.P.M.-era Mirror in the Bathroom mixes (including the promo-only Sure is Pure mix) and the Ackee-1-2-3, the US I Confess and the two Can’t Get Used to Losing You ’83 mixes.

        All live tracks from my list above are included except the Mirror/Rankin’ Full Stop in Boston which was only released on the What Is Beat? cassette (US only?).

        There is also an unreleased track on the Special Beat Service set: ‘It Makes Me Rock’.

        Tons of cool radio sessions/videos/interviews as well. Assume DVDs are PAL though…

         
  • Cisco Pike

    I hope that FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS is the next act to get Edsel’s 2CD/1DVD treatment. Although they’ve been anthologized to death on CD, there has never been a DVD which features the trio’s thrilling appearances on Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Tube, etc. I would eagerly put those on my shelf alongside THE BEAT’s three 2CD/1DVD packages.

     
    • glenn

      Great point. There are many tracks that need to come out on CD as well.

       
    • eyevocal

      I have Edsel’s 2CD/DVD of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy, which a friend bought for me in England. The DVD is NTSC. I reckon these will be the same way.

       
 

 

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