Plus a single-disc
By Blurt Staff
Shout! Factory has announced a reissue campaign of The
English Beat catalog, beginning with a July 10 release of a new single-disc
compilation titled Keep The Beat: The
Very Best Of The English Beat, which is accompanied by a new introduction
written by Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers, and a new box set titled The English Beat: The Complete Beat.
The 5-CD Complete Beat box set features all 3 studio albums with bonus tracks, remastered from the
original tapes; 2 discs of bonus material most of which is previously
unreleased on CD- three sessions recorded with the legendary John Peel for his
show on BBC Radio 1, tracks from a live show recorded at Boston’s Opera House,
and 12″ and dub versions of some of the band’s biggest singles – and a booklet
with rare photos and an essay by music scholar Alex Ogg. Both releases have
been produced in collaboration with the band.
Fans buying the box set on Shout! Factory’s website will
also receive a bonus – the first ever release of The English Beat: Live At The US Festival, in a 2-disc CD/DVD set,
part of Shout! Factory’s new line of US Festival releases.
The Beat was formed in 1978 by Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar)
and Andy Cox (guitar). Band members Ranking Roger (vocals), David Steele (bass),
Everett Morton (drums), and Lionel Augustus Martin a/k/a Saxa (saxophone),
would then each find their way to the lineup via their own unique path. “People
just appeared as required. It had a kind of kismet feel,” says Wakeling.
Read the recent BLURT interview with Wakeling right here.