- Audio CD (Jan. 26 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Parlophone (Wea)
- ASIN: B00000HYSJ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
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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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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.
And here's where it began. The Three EPs.
At this point, The Beta Band were really just an experimental act. I'm really not sure if they had any clue what they'd ultimately settle into... so they really are just dabbling in every style they are influenced by: hip hop, country, strange sampling, pop-rock, alt-rock, and probably some other stuff I am just not picking up on.
This album does not really flow together that well. Of course, it doesn't have to since it is a compilation after all. Some songs just are completely out there ("Monolith"), some are completely normal-sounding ("Dry The Rain" - one of the best songs of the late 90s in my opinion, "Dr. Baker"), and some just fall in between, taking turns confusing and comforting ("Inner Meet Me", "Dogs Got a Bone", "Push It Out"). It's all good, though... just not very cohesive.
I'd reccomend the more comical self-titled album, and the AMAZING "Hot Shots II" over this, but every Beta Band release (and the solo EP from Steve Mason aka "King Biscuit Time") is good stuff.
Buy this to see how they got to where they are today, or to introduce yourself to the band and then just work your way up.
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