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I Just Can't Stop It

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Editorial Reviews

14 track version, includes Twist & crawl and Ranking Full Stop! TRACKS: 1. Mirror In The Bathroom; 2. Hands Off...She's Mine; 3. Two Swords; 4. Twist & Crawl; 5. Tears Of A Clown; 6. Rough Rider; 7. Click Click; 8. Ranking Full Stop; 9. Big Shot; 10. Whine & Grine / Stand Down Margaret; 11. Noise In This World; 12. Can't Get Used To Losing You; 13. Best Friend; 14. Jackpot

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mirror in the Bathroom
  2. Hands Off She's Mine
  3. Two Swords
  4. Twist and Crawl
  5. Rough Rider
  6. Click Click
  7. Big Shot
  8. Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret
  9. Noise in This World
  10. Can't Get Used to Losing You
  11. Best Friend
  12. Jackpot


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000008FDV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I, literally, wore this album out in '81 during my freshman year at art school (records were made out of vinyl then). It was a favorite then and has stood the test of time--toe-tapping from the first track to the last, great lyrics and music. The original is an excellent record--a true classic. So I was very excited to see this reissue (now I could give my second time worn vinyl record a rest).
So why only 4 stars you may be asking yourself. Tears of a Clown, which is one of the the most amazing covers ever recorded, has been omitted from this reissue. SACRILEGE! Those responsible should hang their heads in shame.
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They can be found on the compilation CD This Are Two Tone which is still in print (and available at Amazon).
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This, along with The Specials (The Specials) is one of the two of the defining masterpieces of the 2nd Wave of ska. However, unlike the Specials, they give credit where credit is due -- crediting Prince Buster with "Rough Rider," whereas the Specials did *not* credit Toots & the Maytals with "Monkey Man," basically ripped off "Al Capone" by Prince Buster, threw some nonsense lyrics together, and voila "Gangsters". They kept the "Don't Call me Scarface," and in lieu of "Al Capone's Guns don't argue" at the beginning, "Bernie Rhodes (their manager) knows don't argue"...

Ok, enough of that. Both are masterpieces in their own right, but "I Just Can't Stop It" takes the cake, IMHO. And I've been listening to ska for quite a few decades now...and just came from seeing the Beat (as they're known in England; unfortunately an American band named the Beat had them precursor their name with thier country of origin...) for the 2nd time in 6 months. They played over 2.5 hours straight through, and are at the top of the list of energetic bands I've ever seen. And live, they are much different than they are on record -- both are brilliant, in their own special way. My favorite song off the CD, "Twist & Crawl," which is more new wave/mod meets ska, became an insane dub-fueled monster live.

If you are a fan of music, especially one of the 3rd wave of ska (e.g. Sublime, No Doubt, to name the most famous...and who blended punk rock with ska) and want to know some of the origins of the music, even though Sublime covers Toot's "54-46 Was My Number" and never covers any of the 2nd generation (even looking through my prodigious Sublime bootleg collection), this album is for you. And for those wondering what ska is, this is for you...it is a masterpiece. It's better than any ska anthology you'll find IMHO.
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I can't be as generous as some reviewers who gave this cd the full five stars, even though it lacks "Ranking Full Stop" and "Tears of A Clown". But I can't condemn it entirely either. This is still a great collection of beautifully crafted tunes. I keep coming back to this cd and I never tire of it. I don't think it's for nostalgic reasons: I have other cd's for that. Plainly, these are gorgeous tunes, better than most that came out that year. Atmospheric, alternating between the energetic ("Mirror in the Bathroom", "Twist and Crawl") and the moody (Dave Wakeling doing a beautiful [and underrated] version of Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You"), these songs remain as vital as they were twenty-odd years ago. And Saxa... not enough can be said about his ability to fit his horn into any arrangement.
I would argue that English Beat was NOT the best ska band ever, only because they didn't really limit themselves to it. Too much is going on in these melodies. And if you were lucky enough to see them live, their improvisations were extremely complex. This is not to imply that ska is "simple", but it is a singular, distinct sound. English Beat had way too many sounds.
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I just can't stop it - listening to this 3 disc set that is! I remember back in the 80's when I first purchased the Two-Tone single Tears of A Clown, I fell in love with that version because I loved the original just as much. I flipped the vinyl disc over and lo and behold was the song that I had heard on an fm station and that of course is "Ranking Full Stop". Then I bought the album when it was released as there were no cds until a couple years later. I had purchased all of their albums, but this was the show-stopper. One tune that will always standout for me is "Mirror in the Bathroom" A truly great tune. The rest of the album is top-notch as well. Take the tune "Twist and Crawl", what a true ska sensation and, also, "Two Swords". These are all my faves from this album, but I like the entire album. It was one great ska-ville music extravaganza, a real knockout.
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I read all the reviews of this cd with regards to the two singles (Ranking Full Stop, Tears of a Clown) being omitted.
I was thinking to myself, 'Well my cd has both tunes.' This is why you should always purchase a great band's music as soon as you can. Record companies love to decide what is good and what isn't, what should be included, what shouldn't, etc. All to sell the almighty greatest hits collection, which in my opinion greatest hits never have the best songs of a particular group anyway.
This is one reason downloading became so popular in the first place.
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