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The Beta Band / The Regal Years 6CD career spanning box set

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Parlophone Records are to release The Regal Years (1997-2004) a six-disc career retrospective of material from cult British indie group The Beta Band. 

The set will include all three studio albums (with bonus tracks), the Three E.P.’s collection, a disc of live BBC sessions and a sixth CD featuring unreleased demos and additional live performances. In total 25 tracks are previously unreleased (see full track listing below).

The Regal Years (1997-2004) is issued on 7 October 2013.

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Full track listing:

DISC 1: THE THREE E.P.’S (ALBUM)

  • DRY THE RAIN
  • I KNOW
  • B + A
  • DOGS GOT A BONE
  • INNER MEET ME
  • THE HOUSE SONG
  • MONOLITH
  • SHE’S THE ONE
  • PUSH IT OUT
  • IT’S OVER
  • DR. BAKER
  • NEEDLES IN MY EYES

DISC 2: THE BETA BAND

  • 1. THE BETA BAND RAP
  • 2. IT’S NOT TOO BEAUTIFUL
  • 3. SIMPLE BOY
  • 4. ROUND THE BEND
  • 5. DANCE O’ER THE BORDER
  • 6. BROKENUPADINGDONG
  • 7. NUMBER 15
  • 8. SMILING
  • 9. THE HARD ONE
  • 10. THE COW’S WRONG

BONUS TRACKS

  • 11. DANCE O’ER THE BORDER (LIVE AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL)
  • 12. THE HARD ONE (MANMOUSE REMIX)

DISC 3: HOT SHOTS II

  • 1. SQUARES
  • 2. AL SHARP
  • 3. HUMAN BEING
  • 4. GONE
  • 5. DRAGON
  • 6. BROKE
  • 7. QUIET
  • 8. ALLEGED
  • 9. LIFE
  • 10. ECLIPSE

BONUS TRACKS

  • 11. TO YOU ALONE
  • 12. SEQUINSIZER
  • 13. WON
  • 14. UNKNOWN
  • 15. SQUARES (BLOAH MIX)
  • 16. QUIET (ACOUSTIC – FROM 99X ATLANTA SESSION)
  • 17. SQUARES (ROMAN NOSE MIX)

DISC 4: HEROES TO ZEROS

  • 1. ASSESSMENT
  • 2. SPACE
  • 3. LION THIEF
  • 4. EASY
  • 5. WONDERFUL
  • 6. TROUBLES
  • 7. OUT-SIDE
  • 8. SPACE BEATLE
  • 9. RHODODENDRON
  • 10. LIQUID BIRD
  • 11. SIMPLE
  • 12. PURE FOR

BONUS TRACKS

  • 13. OUT-SIDE (ROMAN NOSE REMIX)
  • 14. ASSESSMENT (C SWING’S BOOTLEG MIX)
  • 15. SHREK
  • 16. OUT-SIDE (DEPTH CHARGE REMIX)

DISC 5: BBC LIVE

BBC RADIO 1, EVENING SESSION (10/9/97):

  • 1. DRY THE RAIN
  • 2. MONOLITH
  • 3. B + A
  • 4. SHEPHERD’S DUB

BBC RADIO 1, LAMACQ LIVE (5/7/99):

  • 5. THE HARD ONE
  • 6. BROKENUPADINGDONG

BBC 6 MUSIC, ROCKET SCIENCE SESSION (01/05/04)

  • 7. DOG’S GOT A BONE
  • 8. OUTSIDE

BBC RADIO, T IN THE PARK LIVE (10/7/04)

  • 9. INNER MEET ME
  • 10. OUTSIDE
  • 11. SHE’S THE ONE
  • 12. DRY THE RAIN
  • 13. BROKE

DISC 6: DEMO, LIVE & SESSIONS

1997 DEMO RECORDINGS:

  • 1. IDEA FOR HOUSE TRACK
  • 2. LONGER IDEA FOR ABOVE
  • 3. BED IN THE SUNLIGHT
  • 4. B AN A

LIVE AT ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2002:

  • 5. INNER MEET ME
  • 6. LIFE
  • 7. HUMAN BEING

XFM STUDIO SESSION 2004:

  • 8. DOG’S GOT A BONE
  • 9. OUTSIDE
  • 10. SIMPLE

LIVE AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE 29TH NOV 2004:

  • 11. SQUARES
  • 12. SIMPLE
  • 13. EASY
  • 14. DR. BAKER
  • 15. QUIET
  • 16. THE HOUSE SONG

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED:

  • DISC 3: TRACK 7
  • DISC 4: TRACK 17
  • DISC 5: ALL TRACKS
  • DISC 6: TRACKS 1-10

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4 responses to The Beta Band / The Regal Years 6CD career spanning box set

  1. Gary says:

    I’m a huge Beta Band fan, but there’s not all that much there to tempt me to shell out for what I imagine will be a fairly pricey set. Shame.

    The PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED:

    DISC 3: TRACK 7
    DISC 4: TRACK 17

    Doesn’t make any sense either.

  2. Chris says:

    No word on whether the set is remastered or not?

    Presence of just four demo tracks and complete lack of out-takes, genuine alternative mixes (rather than remixes) etc – which you’d have expected, especially on the dense layers of the early stuff – seems to indicate participation of the remaining 3/4 band has been pretty minimal.

  3. lee says:

    well, i seem to disagree with the comments thus far. £20 seems to be the price on amazon, which i think is good going for what’s on offer here. i will certainly be picking this one up!

    if i remember the film right, they could do with ITV or the BBC showing High Fidelity, there’s a scene in it that should help sell the set!

  4. Dan says:

    I’d be rather surprised if it’s not remastered. In which case, the price would be worth it for “It’s Not too Beautiful” alone.

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