Thursday, April 06, 2006

We Never Feel The Power Of Our Own Hands. Sense The Danger Late. And Only Vaguely Ever Grasp The Means Of Our Sole Salvation.

Madness? Love `em. The Specials? Superb. But my loyalty lies with Birmingham's The English Beat. After first hearing the reverb laden drum/sax intro to Doors Of Your Heart I was hooked. Combining elements of revivalist ska, reggae, and bright pop, the multi cultural English Beat carved out a special place in music over the course of three magnificent albums. Musically more adventurous than their previous releases, Special Beat Service saw the group enjoy success stateside; something that had eluded them prior to that point. It's impossible to say which of their albums is my favorite but SBS tends to rank rather high. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

The English Beat: Jeanette

The English Beat: Sorry

The English Beat: Sole Salvation

The English Beat: Spar Wid Me


Blogger kittenry said...

you wouldn't happen to have "i confess" laying around somewhither, would you?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Jesse a.k.a. The Vicar said...

I do, I do. Check back tomorrow!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff! By the time I got The Beat they had just broken up - timing, or wot?? Still, the first concert I ever went to was General Public...

Thanks for the posts - it seems SBS often gets overlooked in favour of the first two albums. Skabadoo, skabaday...


8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree it's the best of the English Beat's albums and that's really saying something when compared to the first one.

9:42 PM  

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