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  • Audio CD (Jan. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B00000HYSJ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dry The Rain
2. I Know
3. B + A
4. Dogs Got A Bone
5. Inner Meet Me
6. The House Song
7. Monolith
8. She's The One
9. Push It Out
10. It's Over
11. Dr. Baker
12. Needles In My Eyes

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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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Frontman Stephen Mason has oft described the sound of the Beta Band as "folktronic", yet that comment seems to only appease the masses. The music of the Beta Band is more complex and interesting than a simple label or generalization because the Betas are not JUST a folk band, electronic band, or anything of the likes. It's a blending of different music and cultures into a beautiful mess.
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.
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Having listened to a great variety of music in the past few years, I think I can safely say that "The 3 EP's" is one of the most endlessly fascinating new finds I've stumbled upon lately. This collection of three separately released EP's (hence the title, heh) showcases a band that revels in eclecticism, adventurousness, and flat-out strangeness. Mutating frequently and unpredictably, these songs are generally built around the traditional rock-band lineup, but the Beta Band go well beyond facile classifications by embracing decidedly irregular song structures and incorporating found sounds ranging from piano to accordions to samples to God knows what else. All throughout, the band's obsession with detail is matched by a strong ear for melody. The opener "Dry The Rain" could actually make a decent single and perfectly exemplifies what this band is about, moving from twangy acoustic folk tune to upbeat horn-fueled anthem about halfway through. "I Know" is a hypnotic, repetition-oriented instrumental featuring some mangled beats and snatches of guitar noise. Starting out as a droning piece of acidy pop, "B + A" suddenly shifts into overdrive and morphs into a monstrous rave-up complete with hand claps, crashing percussion, and even an "aaaah, aaaah" chant. Things get even more interesting with "Dog's Got a Bone," a gentle, non-rocking mood piece driven along by little more than quiet acoustic strumming, accordions, and sweet vocal harmonies. "Inner Meet Me" actually manages to be catchy in its own unique way, with entrancing near-rapped vocals placed over a head-bobbing rhythm. "Monolith" is a fifteen-plus minute epic of almost comical weirdness, seguing from one ambient passage to another with no apparent pattern.Read more ›
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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!
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To anyone who knows a give-a-dog-a-bone about music, this is not exactly intricate stuff. My dead gramma could play something more complicated with her rattling bones. But, as my talented musical friend once objected to my complaints about Radiohead (yes, I complained about Radiohead, can you believe it?), sometimes it takes a genius to take something simple and obvious and transform it into something noone has ever heard before.
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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