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|6. The House Song|
|8. She's The One|
|9. Push It Out|
|10. It's Over|
|11. Dr. Baker|
|12. Needles In My Eyes|
Citing influences ranging from the decidedly serious Martin Sheen to the asinine Chevy Chase to funkmaster Bootsy Collins, the Beta Band is a delight. This aptly titled compilation of three separately released EPs is sure to leave music fans scratching their collective head while trying to define this Scottish band's intricate aural hodgepodge. The Beta Band makes a very distinct and exciting impression. There's the unusual coupling of acoustic guitar, horn, sampled beats, and a catchy refrain on "Dry the Rain"; the hypnotic instrumental "B+A"; and "She's the One," which opens with a chaotic, hippyish drum circle that segues first to an anthemic chorus and then to a highly processed breakdown complete with a Jew's harp. The Three EPs will dominate the CD player, becoming somewhat of an obsession, with each listen revealing some brilliant little nuance, quirk, or lyric. --Kerry Murphy
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For example, songs like "the house song," which blend real interesting vocal harmonies and trance rhythms, almost personify the early Beta Band style. The blatant incorporation of different genres makes the Beta Band a band that one cannot truly define in one genre.
The Three E.P.s is the quintessential Beta sound real early into their careers. Unlike the polished and refined sound of Hot Shots Part II, you can really hear the Betas TRYING to create something new and innovative for our genre. For that reason alone the CD is worth buying.
In many ways I feel this is the superior beta band release simply because of it's great song writing and awesome incorporation of different genres. If you're gonna own one, own this cd.
This is one great CD. I am usually only a fan of classic rock (the Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin) but a friend of mine told me I had to listen to The Three EP's. I had no desire to and was a little pissed that he kept pushing me to listen to this group I had never heard of. After listening to them once, and after hearing the song I Know, I was hooked. This CD is incredible. There isn't a song I don't like (although Monolith is a little long and I wouldn't miss it if it wasn't there...it's okay, but nothing like the other songs). Dry The Rain, I Know, Dogs Got A Bone, The House Song, She's The One...on and on...these songs are TIGHT! I encourage anyone out there, no matter your taste in music, to listen to this CD. I assure you that you will find it strange, yet very enjoyable. And this CD is MUCH better than The Beta Band's self-titled first CD and better than their second CD Hot Shots II, although Hot Shots II is better than the self-titled CD. All I can say is that this CD should belong in EVERYONE'S collection. It will open your mind and senses and leave you knowing that you have heard a really great chunk of music. YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING THIS CD!!! And you will not be able to stop listening to it. YES!!! IT'S THAT GOOD! I PROMISE!
Now I'm not claiming that these Scottish slackers are geniuses or even groundbreaking. In fact, I'd bet the farm that they are the lazy derivative talentless slobs they sound like. But the fact is, this album, for what it is worth, contains an infectuous warm fuzzy something that transcends the simplicity with which it was crafted. Most of us are not always in the mood to listen to "challenging" music (in fact, most of us never listen to challenging music at all) and this album certainly should not be filed next to Jaco Pastorius. When your soul needs some swabbing with some mellow and blissful honey, this will do the trick. I'm gonna go home and listen to it tonight.
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Okay. This album is my favorite backround music album of all time aside from The Velvet Underground's Velvet Underground & Nico. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Tommy Jacobi
This CD isn't bad if you like repetitive lyrical phrases without meaning, looping samples, speech that repeats and says nothing (like "pushin' out" over and over and over... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Jason Davis
I finally purchased this album after owning the High Fidelity soundtrack for several years and loving "Dry The Rain" by The Beta Band. "The Three E.P. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by roastbeefalo
I've had the good fortune of driving in Scotland, an excellent method of refining ones sense of humor. Scots themselves, The Beta Band are great fun. And thus, incredibly serious. Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by templecola
I've had the good fortune of driving in Scotland, an excellent method of refining ones sense of humor. Scots themselves, The Beta Band are great fun. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002
OK first thing's first, I love the beta band. Secondly, they're a typical prog band. If you can imagine Stone Roses inviting Kraftwerk for an acoustic jam session (NOT an album... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
"There are problems in these times/ but none of them are mine."--Lou Reed
The comparison is totally invalid on a musical level, but at a spiritual level, the Beta... Read more
This album seems to get either one star or five stars from Amazon customers. As with anything where people have such strong feelings, it's probably worth a listen to form your own... Read morePublished on May 18 2002
In just a few short years, it seems like The Beta Band have come so far from where they began. With their most recent album, "Hot Shots II", they emerged as a band with... Read morePublished on April 2 2002 by JLA