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Special Beat Service [Vinyl]
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One listen to the soulful "I Confess" and the solemn ballad "End of the Party" show a newfound maturity that didn't exist on their previous releases. Songs like "Jeanette", "She's Going", and "Sugar & Stress" are very catchy while "Sorry" mixes their snappy horn lines with a dose of funk. "Soul Salvation", which combines their ska sound with an R&B edge, is also a great track. Other strong tracks include the new wave sounds of "Rotating Head" and the island like "Ackee 1 2 3." The reggae tracks, "Spar Wid Me", and "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" are also pretty decent. Finally, "Save It for Later" is one of the best British singles of the `80s, and is living proof that sometimes the best songs are the simplest. The strings near the end of the track also provide a nice touch. All told, Special Beat Service is a great album from one of the more enduring British bands. Highly recommended.
Is this album as good as "I Just Can't Stop It"? Very hard to call, as the albums are about as similar as chalk and cheese. Still, if I was to be stuck on a dessert island, and could only take one Beat album with me, I think "I Just Can't Stop It" would win by a nose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great, classic, timeless 80's decade release! The songs are upbeat and super tight, with plenty of Caribbean and Ska influences, peppered with horns too! Read morePublished 6 months ago by CQ DX
I just put a new needle on my old JVC record player and I fired up this album on vinyl and oh yea!! I actually bought this record back in 1982 when it came out... Read morePublished 10 months ago by lisa
This is the first Mobile Fidelity LP or CD for that matter that I was truly disappointed in. The Sound is OK. The remastering is less than stellar. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven M Bell
Still have the vinyl original, but turntable is buried in the garage. Brought the eighties right back to me. Great to hear it again, and so clearly.Published 18 months ago by Bob B.
This is part of MoFi's Silver series because the recording is digital (as the sleeve proudly proclaimed back in the day). Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Geee!
Almost 30 years later, English Beat's 'Special Beat Service' still sounds great. Having lost my original album, I just recently added it to my collection, and I'm so glad I did. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Me... M