1983 Prism – Beat Street

Beat Street is the sixth studio album by the Canadian pop rock band Prism. It was originally released in 1983 on the record label, Capitol, two years after Prism’s successful album, Small Change. It was the last of two Prism studio albums featuring the lead vocalist Henry Small, who had replaced Ron Tabak after his forced departure in 1981. It features high-profile guest backing vocalists, including the Eagles’ co-lead singer Timothy B. Schmit, Toto’s lead singer Bobby Kimball and Chicago’s lead singer Bill Champlin. The album is notably the band’s first album not to feature their guitarist and founding member Lindsay Mitchell. The album was their last recording of original material until they officially reformed in 1987–88. In that incarnation of the band, Small was replaced by Darcy Deutsch. Beat Street is more of a solo album by Henry Small than a Prism album as it features no other members of the band apart from guitarist Paul Warren, and it relies heavily on session musicians. The album was the last recording of original material under Prism’s name until they officially reformed in 1987-88. They reformed without Small who was working on Who bassist John Entwistle’s solo album The Rock which featured Small singing the lead vocals on all of its eleven tracks.”Beat Street” was received negatively by the majority of music critics and it was also a commercial disappointment; failing to reach the Billboard Top 200 and peaked outside the chart at #202. However, Prism found some success with the single “I Don’t Want to Want You Anymore.” This single received quite a lot of radio airplay and peaked at No. 37 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Prism’s last single (to date) to do so.

The album was re-issued in January 2009 on Renaissance in the United States as a digitally remastered CD, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue comprised 18-tracks. It included the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2″ mix tapes; alongside five outtakes, and four alternate versions of the songs featured on the album.


1  Nightmare (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 4:29
2  Beat Street (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 4:19
3  Dirty Mind (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 3:33
4  Modern Times (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 3:56
5  Is He Better Than Me? (Davitt Sigerson, Richie Zito) 3:20
6  Blue Collar (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 3:15
7  Wired (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 3:50
8  State Of The Heart (Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito) 3:12
9  I Don’t Want To Want You Anymore (Henry Small, Richie Zito) 4:17


Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Richie Zito
Guitar Paul Warren
Keyboards Henry Small
Keyboards Alan Pasqua
Keyboards James Phillips
Percussion Mike Baird
Percussion Michael Tempo
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Bobby Kimball
Background Vocals Timothy B Schmit
Vocals Henry Small

Liner Notes

Producer – John Carter
Arranged By – Davitt Sigerson, Henry Small, Richie Zito
Engineer – Warren Dewey
Engineer (Assistant) – Gene Wooley, Richard McKernan
Mastered By – Wally Traugott

Art Direction – Bill Burks
Design – Andy Engel
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Capitol Studio C
Mixed At – Capitol Studio C
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville