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Three Ep's

The Beta BandAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A millefleur of sound May 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotlands gift to the world 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, what a surprise! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip the silly debate; listen to the groovy music August 21, 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars High Fidelity did the band a disservice? October 28, 2001
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How can one say that a small, underappreciated, terrific band was done a disservice by having their music disseminated by a fairly good movie soundtrack? Dry the rain happens to be a great song that isn't necessarily in the same vein as monolith, but a good representation of the band nonetheless. After all, the band wrote it, recorded it, and made it the A side to their first EP. So who cares if their latest albums are more spacey, less poppy. The fact of the matter is, all of their output, including Dry the Rain, is amazing and interesting and innovative. To whoever is reading this 'review' - buy everything you can find by The Beta Band - it's worth it. And don't listen to those who seem to think this music is esoteric and above those who were initiated through Dry the Rain. I bet a good deal of those fans wound up loving the crazy and out stuff the band has to offer as much as the popcraft.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beta bnad
if you are planning on purchasing this cd used beware because nearly all the used copies are former promos, i'm just sayin'. Read more
Published on March 24, 2006 by space_antelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is that? The beta band. They're pretty good. I know.
Um, what else is there to say?
Published on August 31, 2005 by C. Fong-Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars A few great songs, with some filler.....
OK, I admit "dry the rain" was one of the big reasons I bought this CD, but other songs like "the house song" and "dogs got a bone" are pretty good as well. Read more
Published on August 9, 2005 by Mark G. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
this album is considered to be the best of the beta band, and i can see why. this original sound and interesting lyrics make the long songs not long enough (average length of a... Read more
Published on June 18, 2005 by M. Sutherland
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I have no idea how I heard of the Beta Band or exactly why I purchased this CD in 2003, but I did and I'm glad. It is enjoyable. I like different - this is different. Read more
Published on December 18, 2004 by Mourning Light
5.0 out of 5 stars I love you Beta Band
So the Beta Band broke up. This brings me deep sorrow, I tried to just brush it off, "hey, at least they left some great music for me to listen to, right?" Yes. That's correct. Read more
Published on August 10, 2004 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly twisted
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... Read more
Published on June 18, 2004 by Wheelchair Assassin
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 February 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
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