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
2009 repackaging of the British quartet's first full length release, which was a collection of their EPs released in 1997-98. Though the band didn't achieve long-lasting success, their recordings (especially this release) had a lasting effect on their contemporaries as well as young fans eager to form their own bands after hearing this. After the band split, members subsequently formed other outfits including The Aliens, King Biscuit Time, Lone Pigeon and others. 12 tracks. EMI.