What Is Beat? – The Best of The Beat is a greatest hits album by the ska band The Beat released in 1983. The original vinyl release included an additional "free album" of extended remixes entitled Frebe.[3] Several songs had previously only been released as singles and B-sides. These include "Too Nice to Talk To", "March of the Swivelheads" and "Psychedelic Rockers". In the UK these also include the A-side "Tears of a Clown" and "Ranking Full Stop". "March of the Swivelheads" later appeared in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The song accompanies the film's climax. The question of the album's title was answered on the back of the original sleeve, "This is Beat!!"

What Is Beat? – The Best of The Beat
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Greatest hits album by
Released1983
GenreSka, 2 Tone, rock, dance-rock[1]
Length44:54
LabelGo-Feet Records
Arista
ProducerBob Sargeant
The Beat chronology
Special Beat Service
(1982)
What Is Beat? – The Best of The Beat
(1983)
The Beat Goes On
(1991)
CD cover
US CD cover
US CD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

Track listingEdit

Side 1

  1. "Tears of a Clown" - 2:38 from I Just Can't Stop It
  2. "Hands Off She's Mine" - 2:58 from I Just Can't Stop It
  3. "Mirror in the Bathroom" - 3:07 from I Just Can't Stop It
  4. "Stand Down Margaret" - 3:31 from I Just Can't Stop It
  5. "Doors of Your Heart" - 2:59 from Wha'ppen?
  6. "Twist and Crawl" - 2:33 from I Just Can't Stop It
  7. "Save It for Later" - 3:35 from Special Beat Service

Side 2

  1. "Too Nice to Talk To" - 3:05 (non-album single)
  2. "I Confess" - 3:33 from Special Beat Service
  3. "Best Friend" - 3:04 from I Just Can't Stop It
  4. "Drowning" 3:33 from Wha'ppen?
  5. "Ackee 1-2-3" - 3:07 Previously unreleased
  6. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" - 3:23 Previously unreleased
  7. "Ranking Full Stop" 2:46 from I Just Can't Stop It

Frebe Side 1

  1. "Twist and Crawl" - 4:58
  2. "Too Nice to Talk To" - 4:56
  3. "Psychedelic Rockers" - 5:30
  4. "March of the Swivelheads" - 5:12

Frebe Side 2

  1. "Save It for Later" - 4:54
  2. "Doors of Your Heart" - 5:52
  3. "Drowning" 5:14
  4. "I Confess" 5:50

U.S. CD

  1. "Mirror in the Bathroom" - 3:07
  2. "Twist and Crawl" - 2:33
  3. "Tears of a Clown" - 2:39
  4. "Can't Get Used To Losing You" (Remix) - 3:23
  5. "Doors of Your Heart" - 2:59
  6. "What's Your Best Thing" (UK single) - 3:47
  7. "Hit It" (UK single) - 3:00
  8. "Save It for Later" (12" version) 4:54
  9. "Best Friend" - 3:02
  10. "I Confess" (12" remix) - 5:45
  11. "Too Nice to Talk To" (UK single) - 3:05
  12. "Get a Job/Stand Down Margaret" (recorded live in Boston, November 19, 1982) - 6:40

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "What Is Beat?" on AMG. Retrieved on August 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Beat". Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ liner notes