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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B004TF3SNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Our Lips Are Sealed [Original Album Remastered]
2. How Much More [Original Album Remastered]
3. Tonite [Original Album Remastered]
4. Lust To Love [Original Album Remastered]
5. This Town [Original Album Remastered]
6. We Got The Beat [Original Album Remastered]
7. Fading Fast [Original Album Remastered]
8. Automatic [Original Album Remastered]
9. You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep) [Original Album Remastered]
10. Skidmarks On Your Heart [Original Album Remastered]
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Disc: 2
1. Skidmarks On My Heart [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
2. How Much More [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
3. Tonight [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
4. Fading Fast [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
5. London Boys [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
6. Cool Jerk [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
7. Automatic [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
8. Lust To Love [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
9. Can't Stop The World [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
10. This Town [Live At The Metro In Boston 1981]
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Editorial Reviews

The Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat, has been digitally remastered and expanded for a 30th Anniversary Edition. The commemorative edition will be available in a 2CD package and in two digital collections featuring the remastered original album plus exclusive, previously unreleased concert audio recordings from 1981. Beauty and the Beat was the Go-Go's debut album, released in 1981 by I.R.S. Records. The album hit #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, and was the first album to top the chart by an all-female band that wrote and performed its own songs. The album's singles, "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat," also charted in several countries, fueling album sales of more than two million in the U.S. alone. Beauty and the Beat is considered one of the decade's defining albums and it is on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

Customer Reviews

The songs sound fun and there is a lot of energy.
musicfan
My original copy wore out, glad to replace it with vinyl!
teacher133
THis remaster is a great addition to their catalog.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nathan N. Wilson on May 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Go-Go's monumental first album from 1981 finally gets a sonic upgrade. Also included is a second disc of the group's live set from that period. Recorded August 20, 1981 at the Club Metro in Boston MA.

Housed in a standard CD jewel case, with a flip out tray to hold both CD's. The ten page CD booklet contains the usual track listings, lyrics and recording info. There is also brief liner notes and an interview page with each band member conducted by Lee Smith. Not much in the way of additional pics or photos. There is a small pic of Kathy Valentine's set list from her first gig with The Go-Go's December 31, 1980 on the booklet back. There is also a pic of Charlotte Caffey's hand written lyrics of "We Got The Beat" on the inside tray-card.

There is also a pink vinyl LP pressing made up from the new digital remasters. The live recordings are not included, nor is there coupon for a free download. It is almost an exact reissue of the original U.S. vinyl LP (including the custom inner sleeve with additional pics and lyrics), but it is on clear pink vinyl.

The first CD issue from 1985 overall sounds good. The 2011 digital remastered edition does add some aural depth and detail as well as a little more low end.

The bonus live CD is a let down as their set that night was plagued with PA (feedback) and mix issues. But, The Go-Go's performance and energy makes up for the technical annoyances.

I have not A-B'd the vinyl edition against an original I.R.S. Records U.S. pressing. Overall, the vinyl sounded great. It sounds very clean and plays perfectly. Oddly my copy does not have record labels which I assume is an error. The clear pink vinyl looks very cool.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Antonio on May 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was 18 when this record first came out... you do the math...
Anyway... 'B & the B' still sounds as fresh today as it did many, many years ago. In fact it sounds better. The remaster is very good, there's a nice balance of all the instruments, and I heard things I never heard before on a lot of the songs, mostly guitar. Even with all that, Gina Schock's drumming still dominates, and rightly so. Her playing drives these songs. She's right up there with John Bonham, Keith Moon and Hal Blaine.
My only quibble is Belinda's vocals are a bit tinny. When she hits those "s"s it sounds like steam escaping (to quote Dom Deluise in 'Blazing Saddles').
The second disc is the cd version of an old (old) vinyl bootleg called 'Our Lips Are Pink' (which I have), recorded at the Metro in Boston in August '81. Not the greatest sound quality what with the mic squeals, but it's a good document of what they were like live.
And... the one thing that made me really happy was the original BLUE cover is back!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben Glenn on May 17, 2011
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAT is not just one of the best albums of the 1980s...it's one of the great pop albums of all time. Coming from their L.A. punk roots, Belinda Carlisle and company, at the hands of producer Richard Gottehrer, take us on a ride through love and heartbreak that's joyous, ironic, both candy-colored and dark, and relentlessly compelling. Surf guitar-inspired riffs, deliciously paired with Belinda Carlisle's sparkling vocals and Gina Schock's thundering beat, give way to songs that are so perfect that they seem effortless. This deluxe version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAT -- presented in sonic splendor -- is nothing short of a dream come true.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2011
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The Pros: This version of the original album does benefit from for the sonic improvements put into place. It does sound better than my old CD version. The bonus live CD is an energetic performance that is largely entertaining.

The Cons: NO BONUSES! They should have at least tacked on b-sides like "Surfing And Spying" and anything else they had kicking around. For a "Deluxe Reissue", there's no excuse for not doing this. The sound quality of the live performances is spartan at best. They're not very good sounding technically and the occasional feedback squeal is annoying and takes away from the enjoyment of the performance.

This reissue should have been done much better! As it's presented here, it's disappointing. I expected more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 11, 2011
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The record sound incredible. Yes, the live show clips sound like ...... a live show. A must buy for anyone who enjoys the Go Go's. As I remembered - every track is awesome. Enjoy :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Go-Go's combined a punk sensiblity with a pop sheen and road it all the way to the top of the charts. They had a public image as the sweet and innocent girls next door, but in reality were hard partying punk rockers. The music has the same enigmatic quality. On the surface, it sounds upbeat and bouncy, but underneath is a darker and harder meaning. They sing about about love triangles, unfaithful men and other travails with extremely catchy hooks. The pulsating beat in "We Got The Beat" just begs you to get up and dance and the jangling "Our Lips Are Sealed" is a perfect radio hit. "This Town", "Skidmarks On My Heart", "How Much More" and "Tonite" could have all been hits. There isn't a song on the album that you won't find yourself bobbing your head to and singing along with.
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Where's the studio version of Surfing & Spying?
Alot of the B sides and alternate tracks are on "Return to the Valley of The Go Go's", which i just checked and it is on Amazon. I thought it might be hard to find but seems i'm wrong about that. It's a great 2 CD set.
That's where i heard "Surfing and Spying", which would... Read More
May 8, 2011 by Movie Buff Monkey Man |  See all 14 posts
FINALLY
Tim, man, you are SO FREAKIN' RIGHT! Who would've thought we'd have to wait til we were all 30 years older to hear this darn thing in modern 21st Century sound?! Between this, Stevie Nicks' new album, Blondie's Panic of Girls, and U2's Songs of Ascent, the vintage Rock/Punk Rock/New Wave'80s will... Read More
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