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SEMINAL UK SKA BAND THE BEAT JOIN EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING

19 Jun 2012

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EMI Music Publishing is proud to announce the signing of The Beat to a new long term global publishing deal. The seminal band, one of the leaders of the UK’s ska revival scene of the 1980s, are currently preparing to release their entire re-mastered catalogue later this month on Edsel Records.

The Beat was formed in Birmingham in 1979, with members Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals, toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa, and from the Isle of Wight, 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 Bad Manners, Madness and The Bodysnatchers.

Fran Malyan, SVP A&R & Catalogue for EMI Music Publishing said: “We’re thrilled to be working with The Beat, they’re one of the bands that truly define their genre and their era. The upcoming reissue campaign will delight all the band’s long time fans as well as enable them to reach out to an entirely new generation.”

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, with its own distinctive art direction and design provided by Hunt Emerson. 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, a list that includes permanent favourites like “Mirror In The Bathroom”, “Too Nice To Talk To”, “Best Friend”, “All Out To Get You”, “Doors Of Your Heart”, “Save It For Later” (later covered by both The Who and Pearl Jam!), “Jeanette”, “I Confess” and their Top 3 hit cover of “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”.

The band released three albums “I Just Can’t Stop It” (1980, # 3), “Wha’ppen?” (1981, # 3) and “Special Beat Service” (1982, # 21), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings in songs like “Stand Down Margaret”, “Get-A-Job”, “Big Shot” and “Click Click”. The band broke up in 1983, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger going on to form General Public, and Andy Cox and David Steele forming Fine Young Cannibals.

Edsel Records is reissuing all three albums in Deluxe 2 CD + DVD digipaks, on 25th June. These feature 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 a ‘World In Action’ documentary.

The booklets feature individual notes especially written by Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers along with the lyrics and photos, memorabilia and ephemera from the band’s own collection.

· I Just Can’t Stop It [EDSG 8016]
19 bonus tracks, including nine previously unreleased BBC radio sessions
DVD features three promo videos, five TOTP appearances and a live performance recorded for ITV’s “Alright Now”.

· Wha’ppen [EDSG 8017]
14 bonus tracks, including four previously unreleased BBC radio sessions
DVD features five promo videos, four TOTP appearances, and live performances and interviews from the “World In Action” documentary “A Statistic, A Reminder”.

· Special Beat Service [EDSG 8018]
26 bonus tracks, including seven previously unreleased BBC radio sessions
DVD features two promo videos, two TOTP appearances, two songs from OTT and three songs and an interview from an outdoor Police concert, broadcast on The Tube.

All three albums are currently in the top 40 of Amazon.co.uk’s pre-release chart led by “I Just Can’t Stop It” at no. 18
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I received the 'I Just Can't Stop It' reissue in the post today as my girlfriend's sister had pre-ordered it for me for my birthday which was earlier this month.

It's a great package. I'd never heard the Mike Read session before or seen the 'Alright Now' footage. Good to have the 12" mixes on there, could so without the 1995 'Mirror in the Bathroom' remixes and a shame the original dub mix of 'Mirror...' that was on an early 80s various artists compilation album isn't on there but these are minor gripes.

The first second of 'Stand Down Margaret (Dub)' is messed up on my cd - not sure if it'll be like this on all of them.

Great informative sleevenotes from Rhoda too.
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I received the 'I Just Can't Stop It' reissue in the post today as my girlfriend's sister had pre-ordered it for me for my birthday which was earlier this month.


That's not fair. I pre-ordered all three from Amazon, using their Prime service as delivery method. Mine are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Bad show, as they really ought to get to me on Monday.

I'm impatient, sure, but I've worn my Dexys CD out and need something else to listen to now!

I want them now!
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Yet another Beat collection about to hit the shelves.



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Beat-Very-Best-Engl/dp/B007V6ON9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1340487757&sr=1-1
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My 3 arrived today. Agree about all the Mirror In The Bathroom re-mixes but otherwise top quality. All the Peel sessions at last on an official release...I can bin all my old C90 cassettes- although I had grown used to the low fi sound quality! Superb crowd footage of all the skins and rudies going ape to Hands Off She's Mine live in Brum- with Pauline Black in the thick of it. All those TOTP appearances....I have to admit they were lucky to make the 1981 Xmas show with Too Nice To Talk To, given it was a hit at the very start of the year, and their latest single 'Hit it' had been a complete flop. Nice to see the video for 'Hit It' too, I only remember it cropping up once on Tiswas. The appearance on the 'adult' Tiswas 'OTT' is also there. I would say the only things missing are when they turned up on Cheggers Plays Pop(!) and Get Set For Summer. My only problem is that I don't seem to be able to get into the bonus DVD feature on 'Wha'ppen?' for some reason.
I was a bit curious as to why Rhoda Dakar wrote the sleeve notes, as she admits herself that she rarely crossed paths with The Beat whilst she was in The Bodysnatchers. However,it turns out that the reason she did them was the most obvious of all- she's a huge fan and she loves the band!
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my stan smiths wrote:

I was a bit curious as to why Rhoda Dakar wrote the sleeve notes, as she admits herself that she rarely crossed paths with The Beat whilst she was in The Bodysnatchers. However,it turns out that the reason she did them was the most obvious of all- she's a huge fan and she loves the band!


The other reason is that, like me, she has form when it comes to writing sleeve notes on reissues.

Ones I'm aware of by Rhoda are

Walking In The sunshine The Best Of Bad Manners
You Just Can't Beat It
Laugh Plus (Terry Hall)

Me:

Fun Boy Three
Virgins And Philistines
Deception

Here's hoping Rhoda can get Terry Hall's Home sorted and/or an extended release of Waiting as there's no chance of me doing any more sleeve notes in the foreseeable future. Oh and the Vegas album...
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Rhoda wrote the sleeve notes for the Ska Madness comps too Smile
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Rhoda wrote the sleeve notes for the Ska Madness comps too Smile


Aha. I hope she gets a reasonable rate for doing them. They may be budget price, but they are quite high sellers.

I think they've also contributed to the popularity of Madness' Forever Young The Ska Songs. The words 'ska' and 'madness' seem to work well for some people when it comes to deciding to buy a compilation album.


I bet a reissued and expanded Dance Craze (Best Of British Ska Live) would sell really well these days...
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Surely what we are all dreaming of is the day when we get the Specials de-luxe editions. If the 'More Specials' recording sessions were difficult, just think of all the out-takes and alternative versions....and as for 'In The Studio'.....f***ing hell, that could be a 6 CD box set on it's own.
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my stan smiths wrote:
Surely what we are all dreaming of is the day when we get the Specials de-luxe editions. If the 'More Specials' recording sessions were difficult, just think of all the out-takes and alternative versions....and as for 'In The Studio'.....f***ing hell, that could be a 6 CD box set on it's own.


Judging by the Beach Boys ones I own, I would love to hear and own those.

There must be plenty in the 2Tone bank, not least the full soundtrack to Dance Craze.
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Judging by the Beach Boys ones I own, I would love to hear and own those.

There must be plenty in the 2Tone bank, not least the full soundtrack to Dance Craze.


You'll never beat the 'Pet Sounds' and 'SMiLE' box sets Cool
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my stan smiths wrote:
Surely what we are all dreaming of is the day when we get the Specials de-luxe editions. If the 'More Specials' recording sessions were difficult, just think of all the out-takes and alternative versions....and as for 'In The Studio'.....f***ing hell, that could be a 6 CD box set on it's own.


It's strange, and annoying, that hardly any outtakes from any of the Specials albums have been leaked or appeared on bootlegs.

The Specials back catalogue has generally had shoddy treatment like the remasters with no extra tracks (I don't class poxy cd-rom videos as extra tracks!). 'More Specials' didn't even have the 2 tracks from the free 7".

For such an important band it's outrageous that there have never been decent reissues with b-sides, demos, radio sessions, unreleased material etc.
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Rhoda wrote the sleeve notes for the Ska Madness comps too Smile


Aha. I hope she gets a reasonable rate for doing them. They may be budget price, but they are quite high sellers.

I think they've also contributed to the popularity of Madness' Forever Young The Ska Songs. The words 'ska' and 'madness' seem to work well for some people when it comes to deciding to buy a compilation album.


I bet a reissued and expanded Dance Craze (Best Of British Ska Live) would sell really well these days...


Yeah,a dvd/cd reissue would be welcome Shocked Rolling Eyes
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Hi everyone,

You can read reviews and buy all three deluxe editions of the newly released albums by the Beat at http://bluebeatscene.blogspot.com

Wha'ppen - http://bluebeatscene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/beat-whappen-deluxe-edition.html

Special Beat Service - http://bluebeatscene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/beat-special-beat-service-deluxe.html

I Just Can't Stop It - http://bluebeatscene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/beat-i-just-cant-stop-it-deluxe-edition.html

Don't forget to buy your copy and support a great band.

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my stan smiths wrote:
My 3 arrived today. Agree about all the Mirror In The Bathroom re-mixes but otherwise top quality. All the Peel sessions at last on an official release...I can bin all my old C90 cassettes- although I had grown used to the low fi sound quality! Superb crowd footage of all the skins and rudies going ape to Hands Off She's Mine live in Brum- with Pauline Black in the thick of it. All those TOTP appearances....I have to admit they were lucky to make the 1981 Xmas show with Too Nice To Talk To, given it was a hit at the very start of the year, and their latest single 'Hit it' had been a complete flop. Nice to see the video for 'Hit It' too, I only remember it cropping up once on Tiswas. The appearance on the 'adult' Tiswas 'OTT' is also there. I would say the only things missing are when they turned up on Cheggers Plays Pop(!) and Get Set For Summer. My only problem is that I don't seem to be able to get into the bonus DVD feature on 'Wha'ppen?' for some reason.
I was a bit curious as to why Rhoda Dakar wrote the sleeve notes, as she admits herself that she rarely crossed paths with The Beat whilst she was in The Bodysnatchers. However,it turns out that the reason she did them was the most obvious of all- she's a huge fan and she loves the band!



I'm having the same problem with the Bonus Feature on Wha'appen I tried to watch it on my Computer but I can't for some reason. anyway I managed to open the File and convert to MPEG but all I'm getting is bad picture Breakup and loss of sound Crying or Very sad

From what I could make out the 2 live songs Get A Job and Stand Down Margaret are taken from the Greatest Hist VHS Video released in 1985, but the Interview's with Dave, Roger and Andy Cox are new and haven't been seen since 1981 Rolling Eyes Crying or Very sad
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I'm having the same problem with the Bonus Feature on Wha'appen I tried to watch it on my Computer but I can't for some reason. anyway I managed to open the File and convert to MPEG but all I'm getting is bad picture Breakup and loss of sound Crying or Very sad

From what I could make out the 2 live songs Get A Job and Stand Down Margaret are taken from the Greatest Hist VHS Video released in 1985, but the Interview's with Dave, Roger and Andy Cox are new and haven't been seen since 1981 Rolling Eyes Crying or Very sad


Same problem, different symptoms! I can't get this part to play on my stand alone DVD player, but I put it in my laptop and (one half hour bleeding update session later) it plays fine. I used Cyberlink Power DVD9, which I think is a freebie with the laptop.

On ALL of the DVDs my stand alone player loses sound here and there. I found I had to constantly rewind to get the sound to play through. I'm assuming this is my DVD player being rubbish as it does it with other DVDs. Rather annoyingly I've been watching some DVDs of 70s and early 80s shows and assumed the gaps in sound were problems in the transfer!

Bits I did manage to enjoy were the TOTP appearance with swapped members with other bands, Roger's Christmas toast on can't Get Used To Losing You, the presumably sarcastic appearances in Charles and Diana wedding T shirts and the little stage invasion by Chrissy Boy, Bedders and Chas Smash off Madness.

Oh and all this means that in the middle of the night Amazon changed their minds and decided my CDs had been dispatched and would be with me today.

Tomorrow I'll get round to listening to the music...

Not sure what's the score with the sleevenotes. The ones for Special Beat Service seem very poor, with very little attention paid to the album itself.
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Just said the same thing on the other Beat related thread. The Wha'ppen bonus live performances are from the Can't Get Used To Losing You VHS compilation....but that video barely had any of the interviews at all. So, it's a bit annoying not to be able to access the bonus feature on an ordinary DVD player...
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Decided to e-mail edsel/demon records pointing out that none of us can get into the bonus feature in the Wha'ppen DVD on a regular DVD player. Let's see what they come up with. I did tell them that otherwise these releases are top quality and long overdue....
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As you can only watch one Video at a time on these Discs I decided to make a DVD Compilation but I couldn't because (Macrovision) got in the way so I was forced to make a VHS Copy instead luckily I had an old NTSC VCR on stand by for Emergencies because my Pal VCR won't let me copy from the DVD's (Macrovision) again Rolling Eyes

Stand Down Margaret Live on OTT is my favorite clip Smile


Tears of a Clown (TOTP)
Hands Off...She's Mine (TOTP)
Mirror in the Bathroom (TOTP)
Best Friend (Promo)
Too Nice to Talk To (TOTP)
Drowning (TOTP)
All Out To Get You (TOTP)
Doors of Your Heart (Promo)
Hit It (Promo)
Save It for Later (OTT)
I Confess (Promo)
Can't Get Used to Losing You (TOTP)
Stand Down Margaret (OTT)
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I've got 2 dvd players and the bonus footage on 'Wha'ppen?' won't play at all on one but plays through fine on the other. Great bit of footage it is, too.

Listening to the 'Wha'ppen?' bonus disc now. Will pick up 'Special Beat Service' on Friday when I get paid.
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