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The Missing Album

by Red Beat

The Best of Early 80's UK Post Punk Alternative Rock from the Legendary Jones Brothers - RED BEAT.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Post-Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Machines in Motion
4:58 album only
2. Red Beat
3:44 album only
3. More or Less Cut
6:02 album only
4. Cut Dub
5:23 album only
5. See
2:41 album only
6. Survival
4:29 album only
7. The Wheel
5:04 album only
8. Tribe
2:45 album only
9. Child
2:59 album only
10. Dream
5:37 album only
11. Shadow Boxing
4:31 album only


Album Notes
Classic 80's New Wave Alternative Rock.

"The Missing Album" of the 80's.

Red Beat formed in England the Year 1979.

Original line-up:

Roy Jones - Lead Vocal, Piano, Synth.
Paul "Drumologist" Jones - Drums, Backing Vocal.
Martin Jones - Lead Guitar.
Majid Ahmed - Bass Guitar.

Yes, 3 of the 4 Jones Brothers! Brothers of 80's Synth Pop Icon Howard Jones.

Where did it all begin? Well, it's a long hard road. Here's a brief Red Beat autobiography.

The first 12" Vinyl E.P. (MD 4.40) was recorded at Gooseberry Studios, Soho, London - Artwork by Mike Coles - Engineered by Mark Lusardi and released on Malicious Damage Records, Portland Road, Holland Park, London, W 11. The Original Red Beat line-up featuring 3 of The Jones Brothers, Martin, Roy and Paul. Reviewed as "Single of the Week" in Melody Maker.

Having played gigs at The Nags Head and Wycombe Town Hall with Joy Division. The band moved from High Wycombe to the Big City of London, settling in Notting Hill, and there was a change of line-up. Kevin Mann came in on Guitar and Chris Thompson got the job on Bass. The Legendary Red Beat B.B.C. Radio 1 John Peel Session was recorded in December 1980 at B.B.C. Radio One Portland Place Studios, London.

Red Beat played gigs all over London and the U.K. Venues like; The Marquee, The Lyceum, The Moonlight Club, The Venue Victoria, The I.C.A., Hammersmith Palace, The Acklam Hall, Reading University, Leeds University, Liverpool Erics, Brighton Polytechnic, Oxford Polytechnic, etc. Playing headline and support concerts with; Joy Division, Killing Joke, U2, Elder Brother Howard Jones, The Thompson Twins, The Cramps, Big Country, Captain Sensible, Hawkwind, etc. Influenced by Sex Pistols, X.T.C., Killing Joke, Gen X, Steely Dan, Little Feat, etc.

Two more singles were released on the Red Beat's own Manic Machine Products label with distro through Geoff Travis at Rough Trade Records, Ladbroke Grove, London.

See/Survival - 7" Single (RB 002) recorded at Matrix Studios, London - Artwork by Wadsworth, Keates, Westmore - Engineered by Reno and Produced by Red Beat.

Dream/Dream Dub - 12" Mega Mix Single (RB 003) recorded at Mark Angelo Recording Studios - Artwork by Andy Wadsworth - Engineered by Mark Lusardi and Produced by Red Beat.

Red Beat were breaking new ground at the cutting edge of the "second wave" of rock bands emerging out of West London in the early 1980's.

In 1982 the band went into IRS Studios, Kensington to record demo songs for IRS Records at the request of Miles Copeland (brother of Stewart, Manager of Sting, The Police, Jools Holland, Squeeze, The Bangles, The Alarm, Lords of the New Church etc.) The band recorded songs at his studio in Kensington Park Road, London. Red Beat experienced a metamorphosis around 1983/4 playing gigs as "Wheel of Change" and "Red White and Phoenix". A demo recording for Stiff Records was conducted in London the Year 1983.

In 1984 with manager Jim Aichroth "Red White and Phoenix" signed a deal with Ralph Siegel's Munich based "Zip" label part of Jupiter Records GMBH. Live Radio Interviews and Interviews with Bravo Magazine were conducted in Munich along with Photo Sessions and TV. The band video for the song "Power Reflex" was recorded for the "Formel Eins" TV Show at the Bavaria Film Studios in November 1984. Red White and Phoenix song "Power Reflex" was televised to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy.

Guitar Player on the first Red Beat 12" Single and fellow sibling Martin Jones toured extensively in the USA and the rest of the world with Howard. Roy also toured extensively with Howard in the 80's. Paul gigged and recorded the drums with various bands in the 80's and 90's. Bands like General Seven, No Mean City, After Dark, Precious Few and Ysbryd with a live recording for BBC Radio Cymru and Headlining concerts performed at The Camden Palace, The Mean Fiddler and playing the Summer Ball Concert for SUN MICROSYSTEMS (Hello San Jose, C.A.).

In 1998 Paul "DRUMOLOGIST" Jones started teaching the drumset with his own teaching school DRUMOLOGY based in High Wycombe, Bucks.

In 2003 the Hamburg Based German Label "Select Cuts" released the Album "Wild Dub" with tracks from Red Beat (More or Less Cut and Cut Dub) Gen X, Killing Joke, P.I.L., The Slits, The Clash, Grace Jones, and S.L.F.

December 2004 was the birth of an artistic renaissance for Red Beat with the release of "The Missing Album".

All the singles, the BBC Radio One Peel Session and one previously unreleased song "Shadow Boxing" digitally remastered and now available as an 11 track audio CD.


Manic Machine Products, an independent record label, established in London, England, 1981, have released an Album of vintage music from thoroughbred band "Red Beat". The Album features digitally remastered singles released originally on vinyl by Killing Jokes label, Malicious Damage (MD 4.40) and on Red Beat's own Label Manic Machine Products,distributed through Rough Trade, London. The Album entitled "The Missing Album" also includes a BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session from 1980 which captures powerfully, the raw energy and mood of the indie scene in London at that time plus one previously unreleased track "Shadow Boxing" which features high quality production, engineering and musicianship. As well as a powerful tribal rock sound and awesome vocals, the band have a strong dub-reggae influence (with Mark Lusardi at the controls) which adds a unique dimension to songs like "More or Less Cut", "Cut Dub", "The Wheel", and the classic "Machines in Motion". The Missing Album comes with a 16 page full color booklet, a jewel case and is cellophane wrapped. This Album is a treasure of the heart, and an important body of work, it's a must have for all Red Beat fans and Music Lovers around the World!

Recording Studios - Gooseberry, Matrix, B.B.C. Portland Place, M.A.R.S.

Mastering Studios - Virgin Townhouse, Back Bedroom, B.B.C. Radio One.

RED BEAT would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all the fans original and new who are supporting the release of this material.

Order the CD while there are still a few copies left! This is a Limited Edition Collectors Item of 1000 copies.


Paul "Drumologist" Jones



to write a review

Mats Davidsen

An uncompromising and sophisticated compilation
Although I'm too young to have been there during Red Beat's glory days I was at least lucky enough to grow up with my nose stuck in a record collection which included the 7" single for See/Survival. Both songs are included on The Missing Album, along with 9 other tracks that boasts with sober left-wing proclamations and melodic, edgy, and danceable music. Standouts for me are Machines In Motion and Shadow Boxing, the latter also reveals Steely Dan as one of Red Beat's influences. The Missing Album is a very strong, and crafted compilation from one of the finest and diverse in its genre(s), and compared to Killing Joke (because these two are often mentioned in the same breath) Red Beat delivers no fillers. Recommended!


Finally on CD: 24 years late! A CLASSIC!
Finally after 24-25 years I own a Red Beat album!!

Their debut release, a UK 12" only 4 track, is undoubtably one of the best records released at this time. All 4 tracks are included here on this CD, from title track 'Machines in Motion', to the dub, then sped up dub tracks 'More or Less Cut' / 'Cut dub'.

Also included - and I never thought this would ever see the light of day - is the incredible John Peel session. This is one of my all time favorite Peel sessions (better than any Killing Joke session), and I remember sitting with my tape machine recording it in 1980. There's only a handful of sessions I rate as highly as this one (Both Joy Division's and the Au Pairs session), and it's mind boggling to think 3 of these track never ever got released! (Until now) 'Child' starts and the guitar is chopping with an intensity that gets you onboard instantly, 'The Wheel' has that dub style used on the debut 12", the guitar effortlessly floats over the top, and again magic is created.

The rest of the tracks are the 2nd & 3rd singles, and a fairly poor unreleased bonus cut!

If you like Killing Joke, you'll love this, this is a must buy CD!!

Polly Pearsol

Food for your inner soul
Every time I listen to The Missing Album I go on an inspirational journey. The Missing Album does have a tribal beat AND I am Native American. If I had to pick only one favorite track it would be hard because I love the whole album so I had to think about it a long time and decided Shadow Boxing is the one because I love the melody. It has a very romantic melody. The ska/reggae tracks are food for your inner soul. The whole album is inventive and inspirational. It makes me want to move to England and see what i'm missing!!

No Class fanzine

Long overdue Red Beat singles album collection.
This CD is long overdue: the Red Beat singles album that so many post-punkers have been waiting for combined with that essential (and never released before) Peel Session. It's the sound of a band transmitting feelings and creating atmospheres. This excellent re-issue means no-one needs to pay exaggerated collectors' prices for that hard-to-find vinyl.

Leigh Craney

It’s a little bit Punk - it’s a little bit Ska - it’s a lot of Rock ‘n Roll
It’s a little bit Punk - it’s a little bit Ska - it’s a lot of Rock ‘n Roll, and it’s totally INSPIRED. It’s not just The Missing Album, it’s the album that is missing from your CD library!

This CD chronicles the musical journey Red Beat during the late 70’s and early 80’s, showcasing the musical talents of 3 Jones brothers - Roy (vocals), Paul (the Drumologist) and Martin (electric guitar), joined by Majid Ahmed (bass guitar).

From the high energy of “Child” to the fun and funky sounds of “More or Less Cut” / “Cut Dub”, to the honesty of “Shadow Boxing” - a song that could easily be a top radio hit today - this CD captures the raw emotion and musical spirit of the rock n roll revolution of it’s time.

The liner notes are bang on when it credits this CD as a “record of a brave and honest struggle by young musicians, dedicated to the ideals of rock n roll rebellion, challenge and inner searching”. These ideals and inspiration can be heard and felt in every note of every song.

I highly recommend this timeless CD as a MUST BUY today –

It’s a Red Beat
The beat’s in you!