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5.0 out of 5 stars The very epitome of "Indie" (MP3 version), 8 Oct 2013
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Well it's all here, and then some. They probably won't thank me for tagging them with the "indie" label but they truly went their own way and I don't remember them kowtowing to normal industry demands and it's probably why they never had the success they deserved. Albums, EPs, outtakes, demos, BBC and other live recordings pretty much sum up the Beta band's career. I would suspect, as with all such compilations and box sets, that fans will have access to most of this but it is nice to have it all in one easy to access place, and it is brilliant value. For those new to the band though, expect to find a trippy, melodic, jazzy, folky mix of songs, jams and soundscapes that are at once of their time but still sound good today. I always likened them to a latter day Traffic and I suspect that should they be on a stage at Glastonbury nowadays they'd go down a storm. Truly timeless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some people with a pizza pie made me very high, 23 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Regal Years (1997-2004) (Audio CD)
This is great stuff. Six discs containing just about everything they ever did. If you've never heard of them then try and imagine Beck, The Eels, Gomez getting together with Elliot Smith, Aimee Mann and Portishead and writing some decent tunes with a bit of (British) humour thrown in.
If you are familiar with them then you'll know that the first '3 Eps' set was really strong (Disc one here) followed by a slightly disappointing 'proper' album (Disc two) then 2 more really good albums (Disc three - Hot Shots II [my personal favourite] and Disc four - Heroes to Zeroes) This box set is rounded out by some live stuff and B-sides etc. What more could you want? All for under 16!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beta Band in all there glory plus even more tracks., 5 Feb 2014
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Having already bought all the studio albums I was still won over by this excellent package. To have the remaining remixes, live tracks and b-sides missing from my collection and for the very reasonable price of 16-ish it was a no brainer.

If you don't already have all the albums this package will help to complete your collection and emphasise just how great The Beta Band were in their prime.

Now if there could be some sort of reunion album to put the cherry on the cake that would be great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 July 2014
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Martin Short - See all my reviews
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The Compleat Beta Band at a bargain price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans Only............, 7 April 2014
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Can't go wrong with the Beta Band.....for Fans only as apart from a few extra songs its all their albums packaged into 6 cds..
A1 service...............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best underated band, 6 Dec 2013
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None remmeber the Beta Band now like it was 10 years ago. They were kings, a reference, a standout point. This collection speaks for itself, it's glorious, perfectly crafted, and it sound like nothing else.

When you are elder, you will tell your grandchilds about this memorable band. Nor a Beta, nor an Alpha, but the infinite Band.
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