I Just Can't Stop It
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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.
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.
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.
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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I managed to find a great used (original, with original 14 tracks) copy here on Amazon. Glad I read the other reviews that mentioned the new repress is missing two critical tracks. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Somebody Like You
I got this album when it 1st came out in 1979. What a great album. I am a person of color. I love punk, Generation X, The Clash, Gang of Four. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reuben E. Marks Jr.g
What an awesome album! I had never even heard of this band (I'll admit, my exposure to UK rock isn't very vast) but this album has opened up my world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel Overmier
Most every song is an instant classic. Thoughtful and danceable. Wakeling's socialist tone doesn't hold up well today but then again, he was in his early 20's when he wrote the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. robb
If you don't have this in your collection you are seriously missing something. This one of the greatest albums of all time and these guys just seriously can flat out play. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Trane Lover Brian
This was probably one of the greatest debut albums produced in an era of fantastic music. A classic.Published 16 months ago by E. Giordano
My cd version seems complete, has all the songs like my original vinyl did! However was supposed to also receive the digital version from Amazon but did NOT.Published 17 months ago by Merkyl