Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Beauty and the Beat by the Go-Go’s, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Beauty and the Beat is a 1981 pressing on the IRS label.
The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with trace corner wear. The lower right hand corner has been cut.
The obi is M-. The lyric insert is M-. A record company postcard is included.
The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a classic LP.
Background: Released in 1981, Beauty and the Beat was the debut LP by the Go-Go’s.
The album reached #1 on the U.S. album charts, but did not chart in the UK.
Beauty and the Beat is sharp, clever, and catchy, explicitly drawing from the well of pre-Beatles ‘60s pop — girl group harmonies, to be sure, but surf-rock echoes throughout — but filtering it through the nervy energy of punk. With the assistance of Rob Freeman, producer Richard Gottehrer — a veteran of the Strangeloves (“I Want Candy”) who also wrote the girl group standard “My Boyfriend’s Back” — sanded down the band’s rougher edges, keeping the emphasis on the hooks and harmonies but giving the Go-Go’s enough kick and jangle that at times the group resembles nothing less than early R.E.M., particularly on “How Much More” and “Tonite.” But this isn’t Murmur; there is nothing murky about Beauty and the Beat at all — this is infectiously cheerful pop, so hooky it’s sometimes easy to overlook how well-written these tunes are, but it’s the sturdiness of the songs that makes Beauty and the Beat a new wave classic.
|Country of origin:||Japan|
||25 AP 2140|
|Year of Release:||1981|