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  • Audio CD (Jan. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • 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: #54,961 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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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.

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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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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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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The sound that this band creates is unlike any other and music will no doubt catch up in years to come - so remember where you heard if first.
Speaking as a lover of pop/rock, indie and Brit-pop i have to say that only some of it appeals to me though i love the acoustic guitar throughout.
Highlights include 'Dry The Rain' which is possibly the most pidgeon-holeable song on the album. 'Dogs Got A Bone' is reminiscent of the sea-shanties sung sometime in the last century.
'Inner Meet Me' again used a solid acoustic sound as the base of it and the tune is psychedelic with trip-hop beat samples.
'The House Song' and 'Monolith' are not tuneful enough for me perhaps it is aimed for people who are in to samba beats/hip-hop/underground dance music. Though the backward drum loops are interesting.
'She's The One' is a nice sond which a psychedelic-folk feel to it. It builds up through out the song and includes chipmunk beatlesque three-part harmonies with druggy backing - nice.
'Push it Out' is another song that starts from nothing and builds up to a beautiful climax. Using finger-style guitar and intriguing harmonies.
'It's Over' has a 'Clash' Feel to it due to the double-bass with an augmented chord sequence with a folk-feel to them.
'Dr Baker' has a medieval gospel feel to it with echoey vocals and expressive piano not unlike that used by Martin Welham of underrated late 60's Folk/rock group Forest.
'Needles In My Eyes' is the anthemic closing track where organs and bass guitar shine through. The tune is in similar veign to The Beatles 'Hey Jude'.
So lets some them up...they are a psychedelic/folk/rock/hip-hop/trip-hop/samba/underground dance act...hmmm... i'm still think i've left something out.
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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 a solid, cohesive sound that is both enlightening and chilling... making them poised to become the greatest band in the world.
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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