Special Beat Service
|Special Beat Service|
|Studio album by The Beat|
|Recorded||Roundhouse Studios, London|
|Genre||Ska, 2 Tone|
except "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" produced by Ranking Roger & Mike Hedges
|The Beat chronology|
|Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Special Beat Service was the third album by British ska band The Beat. Like the rest of their material, it was released in the US under the name "The English Beat". It reached #39 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1983 on the strength of two singles, "I Confess" and "Save It for Later," the videos for which received modest airplay on the fledgling MTV video network.
An instrumental version of the song "Rotating Head" had previously been released as the b-side of the single, "Jeanette", under the title, "March of the Swivelheads". It was used in the conclusion of the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986 and in 2015 it was used in Regular Show: The Movie.
Save It for Later
In 2005, Freaky Trigger placed "Save it for Later" at number 97 in their list of "The Top 100 Songs of All Time".
"Save It For Later" was covered by Pete Townshend, who played it live from 1985 and recorded it for White City: A Novel (1985), though the recording was not released until 2006. Townshend and David Gilmour had trouble figuring out the song's guitar tuning of DADAAD. This version was used on the soundtrack of the Netflix show 'Love', series 1 episode 10.
The lyrics for the first half of the second verse, "Forward where the knocks are hardest, some to failure, some to fame; Never mind the cheers or hooting, keep your head and play the game", are from the King Edward's School, Birmingham 'School Song' which was written by Alfred Hayes.
- Per label: All songs written by The Beat
- except "Pato and Roger a Go Talk", words by Pato & Roger, music by The Beat
- Per ASCAP: All songs written by Roger Charlery, Andrew Cox, Everett Morton, David Steele and David Wakeling
- except "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" written by Charlery, Cox, Morton, Patrick Murray, Steele and Wakeling
Go-Feet FEET-5, 1982
- "I Confess" – 4:34
- "Jeanette" – 2:46
- "Sorry" – 2:33
- "Sole Salvation" – 3:05
- "Spar Wid Me" – 4:32
- "Rotating Head" – 3:24
- "Save It for Later" – 3:34
- "She's Going" – 2:10
- "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" – 3:19
- "Sugar and Stress" – 2:57
- "End of the Party" – 3:32
- "Ackee 1-2-3" – 3:12
A 2 CD + DVD Deluxe Edition of this (and the earlier 2 albums) was released in July 2012. The DVD contains the performance of the band on the short lived ITV programme OTT. The CDs contain a version of the original album plus many bonus tracks of outtakes, extended versions, live versions and a John Peel session.
- Ranking Roger – Toasting, vocals, percussion
- Dave Wakeling – Vocals, guitar
- David Steele – Bass, banjo
- Andy Cox – Guitar, mandolin
- Everett Morton – Drums
- Saxa – Saxophone
- Wesley Magoogan – Clarinet, lyricon, saxophone, sax FX unit
- Dave "Blockhead" Wright – Keyboards, piano
- Additional musicians
- Bob Sargeant – Telephone, marimba
- Marc Fox – Percussion
- Jack Emblow – Accordion
- M. Mishra (John Chao) – Tabla
- Vince Sullivan – Trombone
- Dave Lord – Trumpet
- Steve Sidwell – Trumpet
- Pato Banton – Toasting
- Bob Sargeant – Producer
- Trevor Hallesy – Engineer
- Mark Dearnley – Engineer
- Geoff Pesche – Engineer, Remastering
- Mike Hedges – Producer, "Pato and Roger a Go Talk"
- Ranking Roger – Producer, "Pato and Roger a Go Talk"
- Marv Bornstein – Mastering
- Bob Carbone – Mastering
- Paul Fox – Drum Tech
- Martyn Atkins – Art Direction
- Brian Gaylor – Contributor
- Nick Rogers – Contributor
- Greene, Jo-Ann. Special Beat Service at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 April 2006.
- Christgau, Robert. "The English Beat > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- Schaffner, Nicholas (November 11, 1982). "The English Beat Special Beat Service > Album Review". Rolling Stone (382). Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2006.
- Considine, J.D. (2004). "English Beat". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- top 100 songs of all time | FreakyTrigger
- Marco On The Bass: Save It For Later - The Story Behind Pete Townshend's Cover of A Classic By The Beat
- Dave Wakeling on Pete Townshend (KBZT FM 94/9, April 1st 2006)
- School song
- The Beat (2) - Special Beat Service (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs
- The Beat (2) - Special Beat Service (CD, Album) at Discogs