Live! at the US Festival: September 3, 1982 & May 28, 1983

Live! at the US Festival: September 3, 1982 & May 28, 1983

by The English Beat

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Overview

Steve Wozniak's two US Festivals turned out to be a curiously '80s phenomenon: a self-styled revival of the Woodstock spirit designed to showcase new technology along with new music, ultimately undone by a cluster of confusion and greed. The US Festivals occurred during the height of the MTV-fueled second British Invasion, of which the (English) Beat was a beneficiary. Riding high on their third album Special Beat Service and its hit "Save It for Later," the group was at a peak, yet just on the verge of falling apart, splitting not a year after their 1983 appearance at the US Festival. This 2012 Shout! Factory set contains the entirety of the English Beat's two performances at the US Festival -- they were the only band to play both years -- on the DVD, and the CD rounds up 16 highlights from the two years, slightly favoring the 1982 concert. There are two sets here, both terrific: live, the English Beat hit the backbeat a little heavier and speed up the tempo, playing with an invigorating enthusiasm. This is especially true of the 1983 set, which sounds like nothing less than a frenzied breakneck sprint to the finish line, but the 1982 concert was no slouch, either, and when the two are combined on this CD, it results in a tremendously entertaining live album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663132892
catalogNumber: 13289
Rank: 90749

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. September 3, 1982: Twist & Crawl
  2. September 3, 1982: I Confess
  3. September 3, 1982: Doors of Your Heart
  4. September 3, 1982: Sugar & Stress
  5. September 3, 1982: Two Swords
  6. September 3, 1982: Hands Off...She's Mine
  7. September 3, 1982: Save It for Later
  8. September 3, 1982: Too Nice to Talk To
  9. September 3, 1982: Mirror in the Bathroom
  10. May 28, 1983: Jeanette
  11. May 28, 1983: Spar Wid Me
  12. May 28, 1983: Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret
  13. May 28, 1983: Tears of a Clown
  14. May 28, 1983: Ackee 1 2 3
  15. May 28, 1983: Ranking Full Stop
  16. May 28, 1983: Jackpot

Disc 2

  1. September 3, 1982: Twist & Crawl
  2. September 3, 1982: Doors of Your Heart
  3. September 3, 1982: I Confess
  4. September 3, 1982: Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret
  5. September 3, 1982: Sugar & Stress
  6. September 3, 1982: Spar Wid Me
  7. September 3, 1982: Two Swords
  8. September 3, 1982: Hands Off...She's Mine
  9. September 3, 1982: Save It for Later
  10. September 3, 1982: Too Nice to Talk To
  11. May 28, 1983: Mirror in the Bathroom
  12. May 28, 1983: Jackpot
  13. May 28, 1983: Mirror in the Bathroom
  14. May 28, 1983: Doors of Your Heart
  15. May 28, 1983: Two Swords
  16. May 28, 1983: Jeanette
  17. May 28, 1983: I Confess
  18. May 28, 1983: Too Nice to Talk To
  19. May 28, 1983: Spar Wid Me
  20. May 28, 1983: Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret
  21. May 28, 1983: Tears of a Clown
  22. May 28, 1983: Ackee 1 2 3
  23. May 28, 1983: Twist & Crawl
  24. May 28, 1983: Ranking Full Stop
  25. May 28, 1983: Save It for Later
  26. May 28, 1983: Jackpot

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