Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation. Released in 1999, the album The Beta Band followed the critically acclaimed compilation The Three E.P.'s (1998). With high anticipation for The Beta Band, the band originally planned to record the album in four separate continents, but financial constraints slimmed the recording locations down; however, the album was still recorded in a variety of locations and pulling inspiration from sources as diverse as Jamaican reggae, Disney's movie The Black Hole and Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. The band also originally intended the album to contain a bonus disc of two long form ambient pieces, Happiness and Colour and The Hut, both of which lasted over 20 minutes and represented the band's desire to "make a record of sound as a description for something like happiness, where a distinct first part gives way to a distinct second part”. However, the band and label ultimately decided to remove these tracks from the album prior to release.
3LP - Deluxe 3LP and 2CD edition with double black vinyl album in gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves and CD included, plus a single black vinyl bonus EP in single sleeve with 3mm spine, printed inner-sleeve and CD included. Both vinyl sleeves are hold together with an obi strip. Limited Copies come with a reproduction of The Flower Press Issue 2, the short-lived fan club fanzine designed and put together by the band which was very much in keeping with their aesthetic.
2CD - 2CD edition in 3-panel Digisleeve with 24-page stapled booklet. (Includes The Beta Band album and The Hut / Happiness and Colour).
2LP - Double 2LP and CD edition with two black vinyl housed in Gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves. CD included.