The Best of the Beta Band

The Best of the Beta Band

by The Beta Band


A somewhat peculiar way to send off a very peculiar band, The Best of the Beta Band is a two-disc compilation (priced as a single) intended for newcomers and collectors alike, with disc one a best-of and disc two a recording of one of the last gigs. Any Betas fan is bound to have at least one problem with the selection of tracks on the first disc. That's to be expected. One notion that nearly every fan will agree on, however, is that each of the band's albums has its own identity and would be better off left, and therefore experienced, intact. (The real nuts griped when the first three EPs were simply bound together.) You do want the albums, from front to back, with all the exposed seams and strokes of genius tied together, as they were intended to be heard. But this is a fine point of entry, containing the five proper singles and most of the other best-known moments, including a lumbering anthem that crosses Primal Scream's "Loaded" with Harvest folk rocker Michael Chapman's "It Didn't Work Out" ("Dry the Rain"), a bewildering epic (that tries not to be an epic) with incidental orchestral sweeps ("It's Not Too Beautiful"), and a gorgeously spare ballad that might or might not be about an alien who lost his memory and fell in love after wrecking his spacecraft ("Gone"). After a jovial "Good evening, London -- how the f*ck are you?" the live disc rolls through nine of the 16 songs heard on the best-of, in addition to "Dr. Baker," "Quiet," "Dog's Got a Bone," and a riotous "House Song." Since the crowd knows about the planned breakup, it's very appreciative, and the Betas make a convincing case for being considered a live band as much as a studio band. The booklet is a gas, containing a series of graphic jokes where you would normally see a career summary involving phrases like "criminally underrated," "wildly influential," and "critically acclaimed but commercially underappreciated."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0094633662124
catalogNumber: 366216

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beta Band   Primary Artist
Ben Lee   Strings
Peter Fry   Trombone
Pete Gainey   Saxophone
Dominic Pecher   Strings
Ruston Pomeroy   Strings
Neil Martin   Trumpet
Alex Lyon   Strings

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Colin Emmanuel   Producer
Tom Stern   Composer
Tim Summerhayes   Engineer
Raymond Vincent   Composer
Chris Allison   Producer,Engineer
Luke Gifford   Engineer
Gareth Parton   Engineer
Beta Band   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Composer
Richard Greentree   Composer
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming
Nick Brine   Engineer
Sanctuary Mobile Studios   Engineer

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