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Music: The Best Of The Beta Band [Limited Edition]

The Beta Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000BCE7WO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. It's Not Too Beautiful (Live at Shepherds Bush Empire)
2. Squares (Live at Shepherds Bush Empire)
3. Inner Meet Me (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
4. Simple (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
5. She's The One (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
6. Easy (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
7. Dr Baker (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
8. Dry The Rain (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
9. Quiet (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
10. Broke (Live At Shepherds Bush Empire)
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BBC Review

The Beta Band's biggest claim to fame was that homage in High Fidelity (2000), which speaks volumes about this sorely missed British talent. When John Cusack's character puts The Three EPs on in his record shop, his customers ears immediately prick up. 'Whats this?' they ask, 'It's good!' To which Cusack replies, smugly, 'I know'. If only everyone did...

The Beta Band disbanded at the end of 2004, citing their frustration at being critically lauded but commercially ignored. They left behind a legacy of innovative and inspiring tunes, which a small but devoted legion of fans had grown to love. This Best Of does a grand job of placing the finest moments from their four albums in chronological order. There are, perhaps, one too many tracks included from last album Heroes To Zeroes, at the expense of epic live jam, "The House Song", but this is nitpicking.

Thankfully, the latter does appear on disc two of this set, as the conclusion to a triumphant live set, recorded at Shepherd's Bush Empire during their final farewell tour. This release is an essential purchase, just to hear the crowd refuse to let "Dry The Rain" finish by repeatedly singing the chorus back to a bemused band. --Jack Smith

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5.0 out of 5 stars You like them more than you think you do 2 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
The criminally ignored and underrated Beta Band have released a greatest hits compilation. As a "best of", it's quite definitive. The most accessible tracks from their unrivalled seem to have been selected, yet even these are about as far away from the "mainstream" as is possible without sounding like "metal machine music". From the achingly beautiful to the miraculously uplifting, from the lo-fi electro to the soaring stadium anthems, it's hard to find a better selection of songs. "It's Not Too Beautiful" would have to be my pick of the bunch. It's an absolutely insane mix of sampled orchestration, unsettling sound effects and ominous guitar riffs and looped vocals that tend to take the listener's breath away. Then there's the catchy uplifting hip hop of "Smiling", a song that one can chill out to AND dance to simultaneously (if need be).
But it's the quieter moments that have the deepest impacts. "Dry The Rain" might well be known as the song that's namechecked by John Cusack in "High Fidelity", but it's so much more than that. It's a timeless classic of a song, leaves you feeling very warm inside.
The same can be said of "Broke". It uses extremely sparse and minimalistic instrumentation, yet somehow manages to fill the room with a radiant warmth. This seems to be a trick that only the best of bands can accomplish. Dense, lush soundscapes are brilliant, but one has to admire those who can achieve so much with so little. The White Stripes do it, Sigur Ros do it, and so too do The Beta Band.
The people that need to buy this album are the curious many who know very little of this wonderful band. Those that claim to be fans of "alternative" music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a bargain 20 April 2008
By MAC
Format:Audio CD
Now this has to be bargain of the century, a double cd packed with great songs from a band that is sadly no longer with us.
I have all the Beta Band albums but bought this cheap and left it on the shelf for ages, then I finally realised that there was a live concert performance on the 2nd cd and this alone makes this cd set worth the price.
If you have never heard the Beta Band this is a great starting point with 16 of the singles in chronological order. If you have most of the music already and like the band it is worth buying for the live cd, it is from one of their last concerts (Sheperds Bush Empire) and is well worth listening to, many of the songs are superior to the studio versions. It is a fantastic performance and lasts the full cd (78 mins).
This band is hard to categorise musically but they produced some of the catchiest and most interesting tunes you'll ever hear, well worth risking a fiver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNBETABLE 4 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Definitely biased when it comes to the Beta Band, great music from a band that never got truly recognised for their originality and creativity...the live at Shepards Bush Empire CD being the "cherry on top"...ENJOY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Won Song Missing 18 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
An obvious 'best of' from the four albums the Beta Band released (including The 3 EP's). The Songs from the 3 EP's are still the best but later offerings 'Broke' and 'Simple' are excellent pieces of music. 'Dry The Rain' remains a timeless classic and just as John Cusack is willing to bet in the film 'High Fidelity' it would sell a lot of records if record shops played it more often. Notable by its absence is 'Won', the B-Side to 'Broke', a hip hop track with a guest vocalist. It's not the Beta Band's usual sound but with the trademark shuffling drums, clever sampling and unique percussion it is still one of the best tracks The Beta Band ever made. Perhaps it will feature on 'The Very Best of the Beta Band', the album released to celebrate the Beta Band's return following a record shop based revival?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agree with the comment about Won 21 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love the Beta Band, this is a fair representation of their work. Agree with the other reviewer's comments about Won, when I saw them live it was one of their stand-out tracks and I spent half a day trecking round town trying to find it! Still, some good stuff on here, the Beta Band Rocked!
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