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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 19 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 uh....this album sucks. yeah i just lied. May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Okay. This album is my favorite backround music album of all time aside from The Velvet Underground's Velvet Underground & Nico. I really can't see how somebody can dislike The Beta Band but then again, people will be people. I know some people at school that own this record and I was pretty suprised (my school is run by trends...emo...cough cough...) but yet again, this album is just too good to resist (not to mention John Cusack's reference to it in High Fidelity probably boosted some sales). Yeah I'm blabbing on about nothing. Just buy this if you don't have it. You won't regret it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Learning how different tastes are Feb. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 and over again). I can perceive some talent somewhere in here, but this group is making music CDs that mostly lack music. Where's the music?
Some songs start, seem to have potential to develop into something, and then don't. Now, having said all that, there are a few worthwhile cuts, a couple that are quite good. So ultimately, if you like to have more music than incoherent mixes of various sounds, then you have simply to decide whether or not you're willing to pay $3 or $4 a cut.
I'll admit: maybe I just don't get it, but if you can find a place to sample everything on this album I think you'll find I'm vindicated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sound = Great Music May 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.'s" is not exactly what I expected, but I still find myself really liking the album. I had expected a typical band with a lead singer (and therefore lyrics), but a lot of these songs are instrumentals and even the ones with lyrics tend to use the voice as another instrument (a lot of repetition is used). Despite the sparse lyrics on about half the songs, The Beta Band have really put together a unique sound and made some great music. Almost every song has a new and different instrument being played and/or being hit with a stick. It seems like the percussion player will beat on anything put in front of him/her, and it works great. I love every song on this album except for "Monolith".
I am not sure what music to recommend if you like this album, but maybe check out the High Fidelity soundtrack.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My TOP 5 ALBUMS Of ALL TIME!
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. Read more
Published on March 2 2003
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. 24 2002 by "drwoz3"
4.0 out of 5 stars Or 5, Depending on my Mood
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2002 by PJ Willy
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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