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Here’s Wha’ppening with Edsel’s Beat Reissues

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The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It coverAs previously reported, the discography of British ska band The Beat (or as they’re primarily known in the States, The English Beat) is getting the expanded reissue treatment by two separate labels across the globe. Shout! Factory is releasing a five-disc box set featuring all three of the band’s albums, B-sides, remixes and Peel sessions, as well as a new compilation and a CD/DVD of the band’s US Festival performance in 1983. Now, we can share the details of U.K. label Edsel’s forthcoming presentations of these albums. (Special thanks to super-reader John for the tip!)

Since it’s never easy being a catalogue enthusiast, it’s our duty to tell Beat superfans that you’ll have to buy both the new box and these 2 CD/1 DVD reissues if you want absolutely everything. On the audio side, there’s a hefty bit of overlap between the two. The major bits that the Edsel sets have that Shout! Factory’s do not are:

  • Extra remixes: in addition to the few mixes of “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” “I Confess” and “Ackee 1-2-3” commissioned to promote the first Beat compilation What is Beatin 1983, these reissues also feature (on the I Just Can’t Stop It bonus disc) four remixes created for 1996’s B.P.M. hits set.
  • More live material: The Edsel reissues include not only the three John Peel BBC sessions being released on Shout! Factory’s box (plus an extra track on the 1982 session), but extra vintage sessions conducted by Mike Read in 1980 and a track recorded for David Jensen in 1982. A handful of live tracks recorded at the Hammersmith Palais in October 1982 that became B-sides for several configurations of the single “I Confess” have been resequenced and added to the Special Beat Service bonus disc. The Edsel sets do not, however, include the live cuts recorded in Boston that feature on The Complete Beat box.
  • Video content: None of the promo videos or live bits recorded for Top of the PopsThe Tube and others appear in Shout! Factory’s reissues, so Edsel wins this round.
  • An unreleased track: the Special Beat Service-era outtake “It Makes Me Rock” makes its first appearance anywhere on the expanded edition of that album.

Edsel’s sets will be out in U.K. shops June 25, a few weeks before Shout! Factory’s box set arrives on our shores. Hit the jump for a full breakdown of the Edsel sets, and participate in our poll to let us know which of The Beat’s newest sets you’ll be getting!

Note: tracks marked * are exclusive to the Edsel reissue sets.

The Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG8016 (U.K.), 2012)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as Go Feet BEAT-001 (U.K.)/I.R.S. SP-70606 (U.S.), 1980)

  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

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. The Tears of a Clown (single A-side – 2 Tone TT6A, 1979)
  2. Ranking Full Stop (single A-side – 2 Tone TT6A, 1979)
  3. Twist & Crawl (Extended Remix) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET121, 1980)
  4. Hands Off…She’s Mine (Extended Remix) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET121, 1980)
  5. Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET3, 1980)
  6. Mirror in the Bathroom (Sure is Pure Mix) (from B.P.M. compilation – Arista 74321 23195-2, 1996) *
  7. Mirror in the Bathroom (Tic Tac Toe Mix) (from B.P.M. compilation – Arista 74321 23195-2, 1996) *
  8. Mirror in the Bathroom (Mark “Spike” Stent Mix) (from B.P.M. compilation – Arista 74321 23195-2, 1996) *
  9. Dub in the Bathroom (Simon & Diamond Mix) (from B.P.M. compilation – Arista 74321 23195-2, 1996) *
  10. Just Can’t Stop the Dub (Adelphi Mix) (from B.P.M. compilation – Arista 74321 23195-2, 1996) *
  11. The Tears of a Clown (John Peel Session – 11/5/1979)
  12. Ranking Full Stop (John Peel Session – 11/5/1979)
  13. Click Clack (John Peel Session – 11/5/1979)
  14. Mirror in the Bathroom (John Peel Session – 11/5/1979)
  15. Big Shot (John Peel Session – 11/5/1979)
  16. Big Shot (Mike Read Session – 2/11/1980) *
  17. Mirror in the Bathroom (Mike Read Session – 2/11/1980) *
  18. Hands Off…She’s Mine (Mike Read Session – 2/11/1980) *
  19. Rough Rider (Mike Read Session – 2/11/1980) *
  20. Twist & Crawl (Mike Read Session – 2/11/1980) *

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Hands Off…She’s Mine (promo video)
  2. Mirror in the Bathroom (promo video)
  3. Best Friend (promo video)
  4. The Tears of a Clown (Top of the Pops – 12/13/1979)
  5. The Tears of a Clown (Top of the Pops – 1/3/1980)
  6. Hands Off…She’s Mine (Top of the Pops – 2/22/1980)
  7. Mirror in the Bathroom (Top of the Pops – 5/1/1980)
  8. Best Friend (Top of the Pops – 9/4/1980)
  9. ALRIGHT NOW broadcast on 12th December 1980 – Film from a live performance at Top Rank Suite, Birmingham: Hands Off…She’s Mine

The Beat, Wha’ppen? Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG8017 (U.K.), 2012)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as Go Feet BEAT-003 (U.K.)/I.R.S. SP-70607 (U.S.), 1981)

  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 NZ
  8. Walk Away
  9. Over and Over
  10. Cheated
  11. Get-a-Job
  12. The Limits We Set

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Too Nice to Talk To (single A-side – Go Feet FEET4, 1980)
  2. Psychedelic Rockers (single B-side – Go Feet FEET4, 1980)
  3. Too Nice to Talk To (Dubweiser) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET124, 1980)
  4. Psychedelic Rockers (Dubweiser) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET124, 1980)
  5. Doors of Your Heart (Dub) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET129, 1981)
  6. Drowning (Dub) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET129, 1981)
  7. Hit It (single A-side – Go Feet FEET11, 1981)
  8. Which Side of the Bed…? (single B-side – Go Feet FEET11, 1981)
  9. Hit It (12″ Mix) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET1211, 1981)
  10. Which Side of the Bed…? (12″ Mix) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET1211, 1981)
  11. Too Nice to Talk To (John Peel Session – 9/22/1980)
  12. New Psychedelic Rockers (John Peel Session – 9/22/1980)
  13. Monkey Murders (John Peel Session – 9/22/1980)
  14. Walk Away (John Peel Session – 9/22/1980)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Too Nice to Talk To (promo video)
  2. All Out to Get You (promo video)
  3. Doors to Your Heart (promo video)
  4. Drowning (promo video)
  5. Hit It (promo video)
  6. Too Nice to Talk To (Top of the Pops – 12/18/1980)
  7. Drowning (Top of the Pops – 4/16/1981)
  8. All Out to Get You (Top of the Pops – 4/30/1981)
  9. Too Nice to Talk To (Top of the Pops – 12/25/1981)
  10. Get-A-Job (from World in Action d0cumentary)
  11. Interview with Dave Wakeling (from World in Action d0cumentary)
  12. Stand Down Margaret (from World in Action d0cumentary)
  13. Interview with Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger and Andy Cox (from World in Action d0cumentary)

The Beat, Special Beat Service: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG8018 (U.K.), 2012)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as Go Feet BEAT-005 (U.K.)/I.R.S. SP-70032 (U.S.), 1982) and bonus material

  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? (B-side to “Save It for Later” – Go Feet FEET333, 1982)
  14. Save It for Later (Extended) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET12333, 1982)
  15. What’s Your Best Thing? (Dub Style) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET12333, 1982)
  16. Cool Entertainer (B-side to “Pat & Roger A Go Talk” – Go Feet FEET 14, 1982)
  17. A Go Talk (Tappy Luppy Dub) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET1214, 1982)
  18. Cool Entertainer (Extended) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET1214, 1982)
  19. March of the Swivelheads (B-side to “Jeanette” – Go Feet FEET15, 1982)

Disc 2: More bonus material

  1. Jeanette (Extended) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET1215, 1982)
  2. March of the Swivelheads (Extended) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET1215, 1982)
  3. I Confess (Dave Allen Remix) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET1216, 1982)
  4. It Makes Me Rock (Unreleased Outtake) *
  5. Doors of Your Heart (Live @ Hammersmith Palais – 10/1982) (from “I Confess” double 7″ single – Go Feet FEET 16, 1983) *
  6. I Confess (Live @ Hammersmith Palais – 10/1982) (from “I Confess” 12″ single – Go Feet FEET 1216, 1983) *
  7. Spar Wid Me (Live @ Hammersmith Palais – 10/1982) (from “I Confess” 12″ single – Go Feet FEET 1216, 1983) *
  8. Save It for Later (Live @ Hammersmith Palais – 10/1982) (from “I Confess” double 7″ single – Go Feet FEET 16, 1983) *
  9. Mirror in the Bathroom (Live @ Hammersmith Palais – 10/1982) (from “I Confess” double 7″ single – Go Feet FEET 16, 1983) *
  10. Can’t Get Used to Losing You (1983 Remix) (single A-side – Go Feet FEET 17, 1983) *
  11. Ackee 1-2-3 (Nike Mix) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET 1218, 1983) *
  12. Can’t Get Used to Losing You (1983 Extended Remix) (12″ A-side – Go Feet FEET 1217, 1983) *
  13. I Confess (United States of America Remix) (12″ B-side – Go Feet FEET 1218, 1983) *
  14. Spar Wid Me (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  15. She’s Going (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  16. Save It for Later (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  17. Sole Salvation (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  18. Pato and Roger A Go Talk (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  19. End of the Party (John Peel Session – 3/29/1982)
  20. Night and Day (Kid Jensen Session – 4/22/1982) *

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Save It for Later (promo video)
  2. I Confess (promo video)
  3. Can’t Get Used to Losing You (Top of the Pops – 5/5/1983)
  4. Can’t Get Used to Losing You (Top of the Pops – 5/19/1983)
  5. Save It for Later (OTT – 3/27/1982)
  6. Stand Down Margaret (OTT – 3/27/1982)
  7. Save It for Later (The Tube – 1/14/1983)
  8. Mirror in the Bathroom (The Tube – 1/14/1983)
  9. Too Nice to Talk To (The Tube – 1/14/1983)
  10. Jools Holland Interviews Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger (The Tube – 1/14/1983)

Written by Mike Duquette

April 23, 2012 at 10:15

6 Responses

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  1. Anyone know what the region coding is on the DVDs? The Edsel Jesus & Mary Chain reissues were universally-coded, and since the Shout Box doesn’t include any video content, I assume there’s no conflict.

    Jason Azzopardi

    April 23, 2012 at 10:38

  2. Edsel do it again! Following last years fantastic Jesus & Mary Chain reissues, they’ve come up trumps with these Beat collections no question. You can stuff the Shout Factory box where the sun don’t shine…

    Simon Franklin

    April 23, 2012 at 13:03

  3. Yep, it’s gotta be the Edsel versions.

    Don

    April 23, 2012 at 13:31

  4. I sincerely 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. And while we’re on the subject, the catalogs of BANANARAMA and FUN BOY THREE cry out for similar treatment.

    Cisco Pike

    April 23, 2012 at 19:31

    • I would buy FYC expansions SO FAST. I’m rather confident, based on everything I’ve reported of theirs this year, that Edsel could do a killer job with them.

      Mike Duquette

      April 23, 2012 at 19:54

      • Cisco Pike, that is a great idea. FYC really need/deserve the deluxe treatment.

        I feel that Edsel does not get the respect it deserves when it comes to deluxe reissues. The Doobie Brothers reissues from last year had exceptional sound. They also did a wonderful job with Janis Ian’s “Between the Lines” a few years back, which came with a bonus DVD of an Ian performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

        Tom

        April 23, 2012 at 23:58


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