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The Three E.P.'s [Best of]

Beta Band Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential beta band release Oct. 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly twisted June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My TOP 5 ALBUMS Of ALL TIME! March 2 2003
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Format:Audio 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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Or 5, Depending on my Mood Oct. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars uh....this album sucks. yeah i just lied.
Okay. This album is my favorite backround music album of all time aside from The Velvet Underground's Velvet Underground & Nico. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Tommy Jacobi
2.0 out of 5 stars Learning how different tastes are
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 more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Jason Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sound = Great Music
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 more
Published on May 14 2003 by roastbeefalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is different now
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 more
Published on March 14 2003 by templecola
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is different now
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 more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by "templecola"
4.0 out of 5 stars not as brilliant as some make it out to be
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 more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by "drwoz3"
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Rosetta Stone(d)
"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
Published on July 7 2002 by P. Gunderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Apparently it's hate it or love it
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 more
Published on May 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beta Band begin to find their place in the music world
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 more
Published on April 2 2002 by JLA
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beta Band
This album is definately worth checking out. It captures the laid-back, yet intense creativity of earlier alternative rock bands such as Pavement, and includes dark and distorted... Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by stef
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