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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B007V6ON9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirror In The Bathroom
2. Doors Of Your Heart
3. Save It For Later
4. Twise & Crawl
5. Tears Of A Clown
6. Best Friend
7. I Confess
8. Ranking Full Stop
9. Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
10. Get-A-Job
11. Jeanette
12. Too Nice To Talk To
13. Can't Get Used To Losing You
14. Sole Salvation
15. Hands Off...She's Mine
16. End Of The Party

Editorial Reviews

The band formed in Birgmingham, England in 1978, inspired by the reggae, soul, pop, and punk sounds percolating all around them. They briefly hooked up with the legendary ska label 2-Tone, before
releasing three landmark albums that saw them move beyond ska and into world beat, classic pop, and beyond. After they broke up, ex-members continued to have hits in General Public and
Fine Young Cannibals.

Also available, the band's first-ever box set, the 5-CD set: The Compete Beat.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Music Man on August 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I rarely write reviews on Amazon but seeing that so few people have reviewed this CD (which I just listened to for the first time), I had to make an exception.

I realize there are other English Beat compilations out there.... And I realizetoo that this one came out as sort of an adjunct to the box set. But that said, I think "Keep the Beat" stands as a great single-disc collection. Most of the band's signature songs ("Mirror in the Bathroom," "I Confess," "Tears of a Clown," "Save it for Later") are here, along with some very good lesser known tracks. I for one was thrilled to see "End of the Party" included; it may not be the Beat's best known song and it may not be as uptempo as most of their material, but it's beautiful. It's also proof that this band could make quality music even when they weren't skanking! Sure, there are a couple of top-tier tunes that are missing but that can be said of almost any compilation.

To sum up, I would say that if you want an album that serves as a good intro to The English Beat -- or if you can't afford the box set -- this is an ideal place to start.

As a postscript.... I've had the pleasure of getting to know Dave Wakeling, the band's leader, a bit. He's not only a talented artist who is still out there playing; he's also one of the most personable guys you'll meet. Cheers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Drenth on September 22, 2012
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I had forgotten about the english beat until the olympics. Great to hear the songs again. Mirror in the bathroom was so familiar, and Save It For Later of course is a great song.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David D. McFarland on July 21, 2012
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Seems the English Beat are pretty hot again with the reissues, my thoughts are this has been done ad least 6 times already (From "What Is Beat" to this one). Nevertheless, the album is solid as far as tracks go but the previous releases basically have the same tracks except one here or there. Ad least this has "Jeanette" on it. some missed that track altogether. Anyway, this one is a good compilation to get, as I say, there are ad least 6 compilations released by them to choose from which "What Is Beat" is my favorite compilation (has different versions not common to the album versions),along with "Beat This" but frankly with this one you can have basically the same tracks. If your a collector, try all the reissues UK albums and the US box set. The casual fan will like this one. I give it 5 stars for the music and mastering and 1 for just another compilation. My rating a 3 star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Off Duty on July 29, 2013
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From doing the clubs around town to hitting the big stage. So much fun along the way. Saxo on Saxophone was a true treat. After the broke up they formed two bands, General Public and The Fine Young Cannibals. The energy and political satire were perfect for the era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2014
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I usually don't get greatest hits, but this one is great. It had all the songs I wanted and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMF on January 5, 2014
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Was glad you listed all the songs on the CD, made the decision easy to buy. Will not buy any CD that does not list the song titles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larene Adams on May 14, 2013
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This is a great collection of their hits and a few others thrown in for good measure. Very infectious tunes - you won't be disappointed.
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The English Beat or Beat to the die hards was a leader in the ska sound. This is a great CD with most of their biggest hits. If you love ska or just good music you have to buy this CD. I was just playing it today and singing (badly) out loud in the car to all those hits I loved back oin the day.
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