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Three Ep's

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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

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00000HYSJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jim Owen on May 18, 2000
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Those of you wanting to know what all the hoopla is about, here is what you can expect in a nutshell: First off, "Dry the Rain", in the High Fidelity soundtrack, is most definitely NOT representative of this band. The film actually did the band a bit of a disservice by showing actors bobbing their heads up and down and saying how good it sounds. What John Cusack should have said then is "The rest of the CD doesn't sound anything at all like this, folks."
Think "Revolution #9" with a funky back beat. Though that's not entirely accurate either, because there are a bunch of songs on here that don't fit that description. Most of the time you'll get nice bosomy acoustic guitar strumming and monotone singing mixed very low on to of it, then lots and lots of baroque touches of sampled sound effects to add a sort of millefleur of color behind it. Bird chirps, record scratches, kitten meows, 70's synth bits, and about a million other inch-long snippets of random recording tape populate what are at their core just basic indie-rock grooves repeated for 5 minutes. I wholeheartedly agree with another reviewer who said that the recording quality is to be admired. These guys really know how to use all the buttons on their recording equipment.
Essentially, this is very minimalist music, but their amazing attention to detail keep it always interesting.
Last impression, imagine you're looking down at a simple spotted blanket. But then as you bend down closer, you realize they aren't spots at all, but little charms, gems and trinkets. Suddenly, what you thought was just a blanket becomes an incredibly complex collage of hundreds of tiny, beautiful things.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Owen Neeterin on July 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Despite being early in their careers, the Beta Band is probably the best band to ever come out of Scotland. The 3 EPs shows them at their best and not the self titled debut album. If can listen to song Dry The Rain, and not fall in love with these guys, i cant help a case like you.
The 3 EPs has such a amazing variety of sounds and genres within. I remember trying to describe them to a friend of mine. it went like this- "well, they have a sort of alternative folk-rock sound to them, but they also bring in electronic, hip-hop, and avant-guard. oh yeah , they just love to jam out". his response-"wow.... thats alot"
The best Ep on here is Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos. Its very somber with a hint of light at the end. I enjoy it more than most full length albums.
A review though really is useless for the Beta Band. just try to get a listen of some of their songs (Dry the rain, Inner meeet me, Needles in my eyes) and see for yourself. You will either love it or hate it with a 4:1 chance of loving it i bet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob Worrall on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recently stumbled upon this recommendation in one of those 25 desert island discs lists and thought, "whoa there, the Beta Band? who the hell are they?" After a bit of web surfing, I found page after page of accolades and was tempted to purchase both the 3 eps and the self titled long player. Wonderful. How refreshing. These will last years and years of enjoyable playing under all sorts of circumstances. They will just keep on growing. Without repeating the other reviewers, who I think have captured the sentiment pretty accurately, I guess, what else strikes me is the competency of the recording mix. Given the huge ambition of the soundscape they are attempting, they have technically blended their exotic aural masala deftly. This is not a slacker, throw away piece. it is deliberate and artful and it works beautifully. Comparing the two cds, the 3 eps has more funk - a more head bobbing backbeat, shimmering hammonds, fuzztone layers etc. The self-titled is a more deeply referenced tapestry. Compared to 99.999% of the rubbish out there in the music place, this excels. P.S. throw away your new Gomez cds after this - they just sound like a clumsy pearl jam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whether or not this band is "brilliant" is entirely besides the point... What the Beta Band are about on these early EPs is HAVING FUN. These are goofy, indulgent, purposefully repetitive psychedelic grooves, music to space out to and enjoy. The End. If that sounds good to you, pick this album up and see what you think. Leave the fanboy "they rock" vs. "they suck" debates to the teenagers, indie nerds and would-be giantkillers who have too much time on their hands and think they have to prove themselves everytime a popular record comes along. If listening to music is more important to you than being part of a "scene" then you might like this a lot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 opinion. I couldn't possibly say that you (whoever you are) will actually like this album. You may have found The Beta Band because you heard "Dry The Rain" in High Fidelity, or you may have found them from hearing "Squares" on the Six Feet Under soundtrack. If you like "Squares," or "Dry The Rain," then I think you will like this album. But maybe not. I don't know. I can say that I read the reviews, and I bought the album anyway. At first, I was disappointed. I didn't like most of the songs the first time I heard them. But I left it in the CD player, and listened again, and then again, and now I am utterly, utterly in love. It is (in my opinion) some great, great stuff.
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