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BeatTips MusicStudy: The Beat (aka The English Beat) – “Doors of Your Heart”

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Even at Slower Tempos, Their Range Shines

By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)

For this discussion of The Beat (aka The English Beat), I really wanted to show their range, so I’m droppin’ a song of theirs that was much more slower-paced than their usual up-tempo tunes. Off of their album Wha’ppen? (1981), their second of (unfortunately) only three albums, “Doors of Your Heart” is a reggae-fused love ballad with all of the ska and pop pomp that The Beat (The English Beat) were so apt at incorporating. Truly an example of the group’s collective genius, here again in “Doors of Your Heart” we see an excellent cross fusion of ska, reggae, soul and, of course, jazz.

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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual