The Beta Band

The Best of the Beta Band: Music

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Any Betas fan is bound to have at least one problem with the selection of tracks on Best of the Beta Band: Music. 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").

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 6:06
2 6:19
3 8:20
4 4:10
5 8:31
6 4:02 Amazon
7 4:51 Amazon
8 3:46
9 4:00 Amazon
10 3:42
11 3:01 Amazon
12 3:52 Amazon
13 2:32
14 4:39
15 2:33
16 3:45
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