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THE BETA BAND

Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

“Heroes to Zeros” is the third and final studio album by The Beta Band released in 2004. It was mixed by famed producer Nigel Godrich and rose to number 18 in the UK charts.


TRACK LISTING

A1. Assessment
A2. Space
A3. Lion Thief
A4. Easy
A5. Wonderful
A6. Troubles
B1. Out-Side
B2. Space Beatle
B3. Rhododendron
B4. Liquid Bird
B5. Simple
B6. Pure For

The Beta Band

Hot Shots II

Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

After a short hiatus the band gradually gravitated back into the studio and recruited noted UK producer Colin Emmanuel, aka C-Swing, to oversee the process of “Hot Shots II” which was released in mid 2001. Notoriously the band had intended to release "Squares", which featured a sample from the Günter Kallmann Choir's 1970 version of Wallace Collection's "Daydream", as the lead single. However after filming the music video and taking the single to radio it suddenly transpired that another single "Daydream in Blue" by I Monster featuring the sample from Günter Kallmann Choir recording was also to be released at the same time causing the band to release "Broke" instead. Touring extensively and supporting Radiohead in August 2002, they made No. 3 on Q magazine's list of "50 Bands to See Before You Die".


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: A killer second (full-length) outing from The Beta Band sees Mason & Co. straying away slightly from the longing indie of their debut (and first three EP's) into anthemic minimalist acousticry, dancefloor rhythms and throbbing background electronics, whilst still retaining their melodic thread.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Squares
A2. Al Sharp
B1. Human Being
B2. Gone
B3. Dragon
C1. Broke
C2. Quiet
C3. Alleged
D1. Life
D2. Eclipse

The Beta Band

The Beta Band

    Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

    Released in 1999, the album “The Beta Band” followed the critically acclaimed compilation “The Three E.P.'s” (1998). With high anticipation for The Beta Band, the band originally planned to record the album in four separate continents, but financial constraints slimmed the recording locations down; however, the album was still recorded in a variety of locations and pulling inspiration from sources as diverse as Jamaican reggae, Disney's movie “The Black Hole” and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

    The band also originally intended the album to contain a bonus disc of two long form ambient pieces, ‘Happiness and Colour’ and ‘The Hut’, both of which lasted over 20 minutes and represented the band's desire to "make a record of sound as a description for something like happiness, where a distinct first part gives way to a distinct second part”. However, the band and label ultimately decided to remove these tracks from the album prior to release.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. The Beta Band Rap
    A2. It's Not Too Beautiful
    A3. Simple Boy
    B1. Round The Bend
    B2. Dance O'er The Border
    B3. Brokenupadingdong
    C1. Number 15
    C2. Smiling
    D1. The Hard One
    D2. The Cow's Wrong

    Bonus EP/CD: A. Happiness And Colour / B. The Hut

    2CD Edition Features The Same Tracks In The Same Order.

    The Beta Band

    The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster)

      Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries.

      Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation. 


      TRACK LISTING

      Champion Versions EP
      A1. Dry The Rain / A2. I Know / B1. B + A / B2. Dogs Got A Bone

      The Patty Patty Sound EP
      A. Inner Meet Me / B. The House Song / C. Monolith / D. She’s The One

      Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos EP
      A1. Push It Out / A2. It’s Over / B1. Dr. Baker / B2. Needles In My Eyes

      CD Features The Same Tracklist In The The Same Order.

      The Beta Band

      The Best Of The Beta Band

        2CD edition in 3-panel digipack with a 16-page poster booklet.

        Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996.

        Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

        After acquiring the Beta Band’s catalogue last year, Because Music will reissue their releases, starting on September 14th with a double CD Best-Of compiling all their best hits and a live show recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London) in 2004.

        Because Music will also celebrate at the same time the 20th anniversary of their 1998 compilation ‘The Three EPs’ by releasing a deluxe vinyl edition gathering in a slipcase the EPs ‘Champion Versions’, ‘The Patty Patty Sound’ and ‘Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos’ with remastered tracks and coloured vinyls. 


        TRACK LISTING

        CD1
        1. Dry The Rain
        2. Inner Meet Me
        3. She’s The One
        4. Dr. Baker
        5. It’s Not Too Beautiful
        6. Smiling
        7. To You Alone
        8. Squares
        9. Human Being
        10. Gone
        11. Broke
        12. Assessment 
        13. Easy
        14. Wonderful
        15. Troubles
        16. Simple

        CD2 – Live At The Shepherds Bush Empire
        1. It’s Not Too Beautiful 
        2. Squares
        3. Inner Meet Me 
        4. Simple
        5. She’s The One
        6. Easy 
        7. Dr. Baker 
        8. Dry The Rain 
        9. Quiet
        10. Broke
        11. Assessment
        12. Dog’s Got A Bone 


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