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ENGLISH BEAT, THE: SPECIAL BEAT SERVICE
 
 
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The English Beat.
Label Shout
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 59'01/2012
UPC 826663131796
Daedalus Item Code 37210
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The multiracial band's distinctive sound derived from alternating lead vocals by Dave Wakeling and punk rapper Ranking Roger backed by Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Moreton (drums), and veteran saxophonist Saxa. This 1982 release was particularly well-received in the U.S. through MTV exposure of its pop-oriented tracks "Save It for Later" and "I Confess."

"In the early '80s, the British press was all too eager to discard yesterday's band, and it paid scant attention to the third Beat album, 'Special Beat Service,' which is a shame, because in many ways it was the band's best."—Ed Ward, NPR

"Producer Bob Sargeant gives it all a bright and brash sound, which may not have favored more reggae-heavy numbers like 'Spar Wid Me' and 'Pato and Roger a Go Talk,' but the Beat were diving into the New Wave with gusto, and the production emphasizes those currents. Songs like 'Sugar & Stress' where the sax storms across the driving rhythm whilst still retaining the Brit-Beat flavor of the guitars and keyboards were a revelation. Even a more downbeat number like the gorgeous 'End of the Party' glows under his attentions."—All Music Guide

 
 
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