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Beacon Street Collection


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001Y4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Open The Gate
2. Blue In The Face
3. Total Hate 95
4. Stricken
5. Greener Pastures
6. By The Way
7. Snakes
8. That's Just Me
9. Squeal
10. Doghouse

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Format: Audio CD
The very first No Doubt CD I bought was Rock Steady, followed by The Singles, No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom, and now this. I'm going to soon buy Return of Saturn. Now, on to the review of the songs, okay? =)
Open the Gate - 9/10 - Great guitar and keyboard intro. Listening to this song, I could imagine the group playing a driveway somewhere in Aneheim, CA, while the whole neighborhood is standing around and dancing.
Blue in the Face - 10/10 - Wonderful music. Great lyrics.
Total Hate '95 - 10/10 - Great song to dance to.
Stricken - 9/10 - It starts out in an almost 20's style big band. Then it picks up.
Greener Pastures - 10/10 - I love the way this song begins. It's a great breaking up song. Ha! Joking. =P
By the Way - 9/10
Snakes - 10/10 - Great metal-sounding music.
That's Just Me - 8/10 - It started to sound like supermarket muzac, but it picks up and works out.
Squeal - 10/10 - My personal favorite on the album. Great song to sing with. I would love to hear a group cover this song. That would rock!
Doghouse - 10/10 - A great way to end a great album. The music, on the keyboard, sounds like Danny Elfman composed it. But still a great song.
Now, you might be thinking, "Oh, he's a No Doubt fan, so of course he won't give any of their songs low ratings." That's not true. I would give any of these songs low ratings, but they're just too good. So, if you have a spare $12.99(or however much this CD's priced near you)+tax, then spend it on this CD.
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Format: Audio CD
A rerelease of their 1995 independent release (at first, under Sea Creature Records, but newly released under Interscope), "Beacon Street Collection" showcases not only No Doubt's humble beginnings, but the convergence of their eclectic musical tastes on one CD. Here, reggae, ska, new wave, and Blondie-esque punk collide and create vibrant sparks.
Although "Beacon Street Collection" lacks the spit-and-polish of the professionally produced "Tragic Kingdom" and their following albums, the band's melodic talents and lyrical smarts are still present and accounted for. The presence of former band member Eric Stefani's piano only adds more of a poetic resonance to songs like "By The Way" and the jazz-tinged "Blue In The Face." Gwen's vocals are substantially more rocky and unevem, although that's not necessarily a bad thing: it adds a certain sense of unpredictability as she occassionally goes off on trills and other tricks that were lost as the band emerged into the mainstream. The Gwen we know today, however, is in perfect form on songs such as the echoic, beautiful "Stricken" and the dark "Greener Pastures," whose broody sound resurfaced on the phenomenally melancholy "Return of Saturn." The in-your-face affectations of No Doubt make appearances on the hair-raising "Snakes" and the classic opener, "Open The Gate."
"Beacon Street Collection" is the foundation of No Doubt's future endeavours. All of their future sounds can be found on this CD -- it's a stellar, although not impeccably produced, album that merits repeated listens.
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The Beacon Street Collection was made after No-Doubt's self-titled album and before their breakthrough "Tragic Kingdom." You can see the transition between the two albums in this CD. The first track, "Open The Gate," is a good opener, but the song doesn't isn't anything special to me(7.5/10). "Blue In the Face" is a very unusual song. You need to appreciate the unique beauty though (9/10). Total Hate '95 has some awesome parts, and some parts you need to listen over and over to get. But Bradley from Sublime contributes, and that can never go wrong. You've got to admit, it is catchy too (9/10). Stricken is the climax. With a little bit of ska, jazz, Gwen Stefani's vocals, a slow sweet melody, and some love this song comes out just right. Gwen's vocals are at best here. My favorite on the CD (10/10). Greener Pastures is a great song anyone can relate too. It hasn't really got to me yet though (7/10). By the Way is another favorite of mine about a faraway love (I think)(9.5/10). Snakes is an okay song, but not one of the highlights (6/10). That's Just Me is a very unique song which literally goes all over the place musically. The only song I initially skipped while listening to the CD, but if you're patient, the song will not disappoint (8/10). Squeal is a plain awesome song which is also one of my favorites on the album (9/10). Doghouse was not initially one of my favorites. If you can appreciate the wonderful lyrics though, you will love it (7/10). Overall, this album deserves five stars for wonderful craftsmanship, tremendous effort, and "Stricken."
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This is a rock-solid album of good-olde-fashioned,foot-stompin', crowd-pleasin' ska-pop-ish music. "Open the Gate" is powerful and catchy. "Blue in the Face" is unique, ska, Eric Stefani gold and probably my favorite track. "Total Hate 95" is old school ska with a little rap-- totally awesome! "Squeal"is a little jazzy, a little ska and so much fun. "Doghouse" is more Eric Stefani gold. "By the Way" is a beautiful ballad/love song thing that reminds me a lot of "Don't Speak" even though it preceeds it. "Stricken" is a catchy, awesomely fun love song that I'd love to have sung to me.
This album is absolutely great. No filler, no throw-away tracks, no crap. Just great, great, great music. Gwen's voice sounds stellar, as always, and the band is in top shape. The song-writing is sold and excellent. You definately have to like--or at least tolerate--ska to listen to this album (I LOVE ska!). Reccommened for any true ND or ska fan.
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