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Release Info: The Beat - 1979 - Selftitled
To celebrate the 444 albums, the original cd version (out of print) of one of the all times Top Ten albums of the Power Pop.
Collins was able to ink a deal with Columbia/CBS and Bill Graham Management. CBS released their self-titled debut in October 1979. All 12 songs were Collins originals; Steven Huff, Peter Case, and Eddie Money had one co-writing credit each, all on different songs. Continuing in The Nerves' vein, the album consisted of harmony-laden, driving guitar pop songs, including a re-recorded version of "Working Too Hard". The album was critically acclaimed and is today remembered as a classic of the power pop genre (see this 4.5-star review in Allmusic). The group appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand on March 8, 1980 and that same year contributed a song to the soundtrack LP of the massively popular movie Caddyshack. Despite this promotion, diligent touring alongside such popular artists as Ian Gomm and The Jam and a tour of Europe, The Beat found little commercial success. The British ska group of the same name were first to establish themselves as "The Beat" in Europe forcing Collins' "Beat" to be referred to as "Paul Collins' Beat" there. The Collins' "Beat" was first to release their album in their home territory in turn forcing the British group to use the name "The English Beat" in the U.S.
Paul Collins: Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals - Steve Huff: Bass & 2nd Vocals - Larry Whitman: Lead Guitar & 3rd Vocals - Michael Ruiz: Drums & All Percussion
Rock N Roll Girl / I Don't Fit In / Different Kind of Girl / Don't Wait Up For Me / You Won't Be Happy / Walking Out on Love / Work-a-Day World / U.S.A. / Let Me Into Your Life / Working Too Hard / You and I / Look But Don't Touch / There She Goes (cd bonus track)
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