The Beat / The Vinyl Collection box

The Beat / Vinyl Collection box set
The Beat / The Vinyl Collection (click to enlarge)

Edsel Records will release a vinyl box set collecting The Beat‘s studio albums on 19 November 2012.

The Vinyl Collection set contains all three records (I Just Can’t Stop It, Wha’appen?, and Special Beat Service) plus The Dub Album, an exclusive disc only available in this box set, that collects all the dub versions from the band’s 12-inch singles and an extended version of Save It For Later.

The records come housed in a specially-designed rigid slipcase and are faithful re-creations of all three of The Beat’s albums, including the inner sleeves.

Track listing 


Side 1

  • 1. Mirror In The Bathroom
  • 2. Hands Off…She’s Mine
  • 3. Two Swords
  • 4. Twist & Crawl
  • 5. Rough Rider
  • 6. Click Click

Side 2

  • 1. Big Shot
  • 2. Whine & Grine / Stand Down Margaret
  • 3. Noise In This World
  • 4. Can’t Get Used To Losing You
  • 5. Best Friend
  • 6. Jackpot


Side 1

  • 1. Doors Of Your Heart
  • 2. All Out To Get You
  • 3. Monkey Murders
  • 4. I Am Your Flag
  • 5. French Toast (Soleil Trop Chaud)
  • 6. Drowning

Side 2

  • 1. Dream Home In N.Z.
  • 2. Walk Away
  • 3. Over And Over
  • 4. Cheated
  • 5. Get-A-Job
  • 6. The Limits We Set


Side 1

  • 1. I Confess
  • 2. Jeanette
  • 3. Sorry
  • 4. Sole Salvation
  • 5. Spar Wid Me
  • 6. Rotating Head

Side 2

  • 1. Save It For Later
  • 2. She s Going
  • 3. Pato And Roger A Go Talk
  • 4. Sugar And Stress
  • 5. End Of The Party
  • 6. Ackee 1-2-3


Side 1

  • 1. Too Nice To Talk To [Dubweiser]
  • 2. Psychedelic Rockers [Dubweiser]
  • 3. Doors Of Your Heart [Dub]

Side 2

  • 1. Drowning [Dub]
  • 2. Save It For Later [Extended]
  • 3. What s Your Best Thing [Dub Style]
  • 4. Stand Down Margaret [Dub]

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elliott buckingham

the dub album also comes included with the standalone special beat service album

[…] The three Beat albums on vinyl plus an exclusive ‘Dub’ 12-inch vinyl selection. More here. […]


The bonus ‘Dub Album’ appears to be somewhat of a curate’s egg, being neither a complete selection of dub versions (the ‘Save It For Later’ 12” single mix is arguably NOT a dub version but IS included; the ‘Ago Talk’ 12” single mix IS arguably a dub version but is NOT included) or a selection of the best period remixes (as Alan correctly points out, the Extended versions of ‘Hands off… She’s Mine’ and ‘Twist And Crawl’ are both sorely missed, as are the excellent Extended versions of ‘Hit It (Auto Erotic)’ and ‘Which Side Of The Bed…?’).

This of course is nothing new: The bonus disc to 1983’s ‘What is Beat?’ compilation featured a similarly incomplete selection of 12” single versions (‘Twist And Crawl’, ‘Too Nice To Talk To’, ‘Psychedelic Rockers’, ‘March Of The Swivel Heads’, ‘Save It For Later’, ‘Doors Of Your Heart’, ‘Drowning’ and ‘I Confess’).


The only complaint is that there is so much more that could have been put on the Dub album. Where is the Hands off she’s mine/Twist and crawl dub mixes for a start. I think I would prefer to just get second hand copies of the original albums to be honest.