Shout! Factory is proud to reissue the entire catalog of the great British ska/new wave band, The English Beat. First up is the band's first-ever box set, the 5-CD The Complete Beat, which contains every commercially released song from their heyday, plus rare 12" and dub versions, non-album singles, live sessions and more. Shout! Also available is the a new single-disc compilation titled Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of The English Beat.
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.
"Shout! Factory's The Complete Beat is the kind of deluxe set that fans would dream about but never expect to happen: a five-disc set containing expanded remastered versions of all three of the group's albums, plus two discs of Bonus Beat -- a CD of 12" mixes and dubs, a disc of Peel Sessions and four cuts live from a November 1982 gig in Boston." AllMusic June 2012 --AllMusic June 2012
"their recordings retain a visceral force that makes The Complete Beat something more than a dream come true for fans: it is a convincing argument for their greatness." --AllMusic June 2012