Go-Go's: Beauty and the Beat Remastered

Holy cow, people. It's been thirty years since Beauty and the Beat. I must now shed a tear into this coffee.

Anyway. The good news is EMI has taken the opportunity to remaster and expand the release. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

The Go-Go's double platinum debut album, Beauty and the Beat, has been digitally remastered and expanded for a 30th Anniversary Edition released May 17 by Capitol/I.R.S. The commemorative edition will be available in a 2CD package and in two digital collections featuring the remastered original album plus exclusive, previously unreleased concert audio recordings from 1981. Beauty and the Beat was the Go-Go's debut album, released in 1981 by I.R.S. Records. The album hit #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, and was the first album to top the chart by an all-female band that wrote and performed its own songs. The album's singles, "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat," also charted in several countries, fueling album sales of more than two million in the U.S. alone. Beauty and the Beat is considered one of the decade's defining albums and it is on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time."

The Go-Go's will hit the road this summer on their Ladies Gone Wild tour, a national U.S. trek with the legendary Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine. The tour will include a very special Los Angeles homecoming show at the Greek Theater on August 17, Belinda's birthday. An exclusive VIP package will be available in most tour markets for fans to meet the band and purchase limited edition merchandise. In August, the Go-Go's will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Last summer the Go-Go's had scheduled a farewell tour which was subsequently canceled when guitarist Jane Wiedlin required surgery after suffering injury to her knees in a hiking fall. During the band's time off, they decided they were not quite ready to hang up their instruments and set to work preparing for this summer's 30th Anniversary spectacular, Ladies Gone Wild.

That second disc is seventeen tracks from a 1981 live show at The Metro in Boston, all previously unreleased. For info on their upcoming tour, check out their official site.

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