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The Three EPs [CD]

The Beta Band Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Regal
  • ASIN: B000023YGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dry The Rain Champion Versions
2. I Know Champion Versions
3. B + A Champion Versions
4. Dogs Got A Bone Champion Versions
5. Inner Meet Me The Patty Patty Sound
6. The House Song The Patty Patty Sound
7. Monolith The Patty Patty Sound
8. She's The One The Patty Patty Sound
9. Push It Out Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos
10. It's Over Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos
11. Dr. Baker Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos
12. Needles In My Eyes Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos

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The signs were all there with Champion Versions: A riotous cut-up of existentialist blues ("Dog's Got A Bone"), transcendent folk ("Dry the Rain") and crunchy lo-fi hip-hop ("I Know"), it sounded like Screamadelica remade in a Gregorian monastery--a masterful, if amateurish debut EP. The authors, as well, were satisfyingly absurd: four reclusive Scottish surrealists with a distrust of the music press, they prefer to keep their mouths shut and let the music do the talking. The Three EP's collects Champion Versions with the Beta Band's subsequent two releases: The Patty Patty Sound was beautiful campfire psychedelia, culminating in a seven-minute long, two-chord love song "She's The One For Me". Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos, however, was mournful, but with an improvisational edge characterised by the cold mantra of "Push It Out". A better bet than the Beta's overlong debut album, The Three EP's finds them at their eclectic best. --Louis Pattison

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Hanners
Format:Audio CD
Genius...Pure Genius.
Very rarely in life does a band come along that completley change the way you listen to music ,maybe in the same way watching Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction changed the way you watch movies.....for me that band was the Beta Band and the album 'The 3 EP's'.
I first heard a snippet of them about 5 years ago, on an NME programme ,where they played 'Dr Baker' and i was spellbound...
I immediately went on line and ordered a copy of 'The 3EP's' and my magical musical journey began.
The first track Dry the Rain is an incredible indie anthem which slowly meanders to a creshendo...just wait till that bassline kicks in!!!....you will be roaring the chorus'If there is something inside that you want to say...say it ,alright, it will be okay...i will be your light...i will be your life'....
Other outstanding tracks are...well all of them....but all in a unique and different way.....'Shes the One' will have you thrashing your Acoustic Air Guitar and belting out the chorus in a tonsil snapping fashion.
'Needles in my Eyes' is a gentle strole of a tune..beautiful...and 'Dogs got bone' follows in the same vein
giving you the impression they were horizontal when they recorded it!!..'Monolith' is not actually a song...more like a tripped out psychadelic dream sequence...it would help if you were 'in mode' to truly appreciate this track....'Push it out' is a tantric repetative tune that you will never tire of hearing ,with a message....repeat 200 times and you WILL feel better!!!.....i could go on but ill save the last mention to Dr Baker musically diverse punctuated with a sleepy piano rift that will take you by surprise the first time you hear it.......Breathtaking..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be amazing 8 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Its clear thee guys have real talent. This album has some mind blowing tracks. Anyone who is serious about their music should own it. Songs such as Dry the Rain Dog got a Bone, Inner Meet Me Shes the one, It's Over and needles in My Eyes are fantastic. The problem with this album is sometimes they try to stay away from the norm purely for the sake of it. Monolith is 1/4 of an hour of the most self indulgent noise i have ever heard. Some of the other tracks are also a bit like this but this is a small thing to put up with for the brilliance of the rest
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly bewitching example of how music can be 22 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Going backwards in time, I bought this off the back of "Hot Shots" and am delighted to hear a better album even than that.
It's so refreshing to hear a band allow their music to develop naturally through layers of groove. They obviously put down what they like and it's a happy coincidence that anyone with a soul will love it too.
One of the things that stands out for me on most Beta Band music is the balance of vocals to instrumentation. They clearly enjoy playing as there are large patches of purely instrumental sound here, but dive in with whispy ethereal vocals when it suits.
More power to them and if they start up a political party I know where my X will go.
Great stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A credit to innovative and intelligent alternative music, the Beta Band remind you that it's ok to have fun when you're making music. 'The Three EPs' is an amalgamation of their 3 previous releases, 'Champion Versions', The Patty Patty Sound' and 'Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos', and they all go together wonderfully. There is such a rich mix of folk, indie, jazz, dance, trip-hop and ambient, to mention but a great many others, that you'll never get bored of this album once it gets its teeth into you. Tracks like 'Dry the Rain' and 'B+A' are nice and easy to get into, gradually gaining more texture and sound as they move along, whilst 'The House Song' is a dance/indie affair with hilarious pseudo-French rapping, and 'Dr Baker' is a surreal mix of gregorian chanting and beautiful piano chords followed by crashing drums and crazy guitars. Perhaps the only real fault with 'The Three EPs' is that its eclecticness can make it an acquired taste, and not accessible to the younger listener. That aside however, this is a cracking album, and a must-have for the discerning music-lover.^_^
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars open the lamp- watch the Genie come out 22 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
I dont want to write a long review on this album (although I'm sure it deserves one).
Quite simply, its like lifting a stone to find a strange ethereal gem which will lock your gaze-in short it is fascinating music for the discerning.
Its such a good thing they arent big, as in remaining understated, they retain an untouchable, magical quality.
Each song is a small journey into an otherworldly soundscape. If you get a chance watch "High Fidelety" and see how John Cusack gets 5 record sales in 5 minutes. "Dry the rain" is the crux-spirit of the whole album.
Hope theres more lamps with genies in where these guys are from- check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So this is the mysterious Beta Band! 23 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow. Wow. Wow.
I'm not hip enough to have caught these guys on my own. I actually needed John Cusack's character's help in High Fidelity when he says to his record store workmates "Watch this. I'm gonna sell 10 copies of the Beta Band in the next half hour." And then proceeds to nearly hypnotise theatre audiences (and the record stores' customers in the movie) around the world to a few seconds of "Dry The Rain".
So I took a punt and plunked down the tenner, and lo and behold, I've got a gem. "Dry The Rain" is the classic you knew it would be. Then you get totally swept away by the likes of "I Know", "Dog's Got A Bone" and "She's The One" (and it's meltdown finale!). And I also remember hearing the haunting songs "Dr Baker" and "Needles In My Eyes" on radio at some point.
The reviews have got it right. It is masterful and amateurish. And nicely chaotic. Very refreshing stuff, these three eps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this but not out of this world.
I enjoyed this album and can see why they were so popular. It's a shame I got on to them a bit late buy hey ho!!
Published 11 months ago by David Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars the Three EPs - Not an album, but it is!!!
This is one of my all-time favourite collections of music, it's not an album, but works brilliantly as just that, I know it's a compilation of 3 ep's (I somehow remember them first... Read more
Published 22 months ago by The Intergalactic Orangutan
4.0 out of 5 stars Playful
The Beta Band's playful The 3 E.P.'s is, as the name suggests, a compilation of the three adventurous limited-edition EPs that they put out in 1997 and 1998: Champion Versions;... Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
This is one of those band that deserves to be so much bigger than they are..

I confess I purchased this after 'that scene' from High Fidelity [DVD] [2000]

I... Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Prospero
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Not Be Disappointed
In the midst of an era which lacked great bands The Beta Band kept my faith in music. The fact this was not a band of outstanding musicians helps this album. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Tupeloking
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
An amazing album from a great band. Has held a prominent position in my record collection for a good many years.
Published on 11 Sep 2008 by Jim Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars So Long and Thanks for All the Memories
This album is a true classic and should stand the test of time. I imagine in 20 - 30 years time, tracks like these will be the sort of musical gems that the future equivalent of DJ... Read more
Published on 5 May 2007 by N. J. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - Shame I missed this a few years ago
I love this getting back into music during my (early!) forties lark. I keep discovering things that are just so good that they are almost beyond description. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2007 by Mike J. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect
The Beta Band were outsiders on the so called indie scene, in the late 90's dominated by the likes of Coldplay, Travis etc. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2006 by Joseph Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Track by track
A modern classic. Nowadays every album is a modern classic, so the description's lost all merit. However, I am convinced that this one genuinely is. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2005 by Elliot Davies
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