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Because acquires Beta Band recordings catalogue

By | Published on Friday 29 September 2017

The Beta Band

French indie label group Because has acquired the Beta Band recordings catalogue as part of Warner Music’s still ongoing divestment of copyrights relating to its 2013 acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group.

The deal includes the band’s four albums, best of collection, and the first two EPs from frontman Steve Mason’s also excellent King Biscuit Time solo project. Plans are now afoot to reissue the lot through the Because Music label.

“I am delighted that the Beta Band catalogue has found a place on an independent record label”, says Mason. “I think that Because Music is a perfect home for our hard work and endeavours. Bon voyage Beta Banditos”.

His former bandmate Richard Greentree adds: “It is a happy day indeed finalising this deal with Because. The opportunity the divestment process has presented for many artists – to revitalise and re-promote their works – has been an interesting, exciting and unexpected one. The outcome for the Beta Band, of finding a great deal, with the best suited and hottest record label of the moment, shows just how exciting and unexpected it gets”.

Because founder Emmanuel de Buretel comments: “We are delighted and honoured to acquire such an amazing body of work from such an important and influential band. We are hugely excited to be given the opportunity to re launch The Beta Band’s incredible catalogue of work to fans old and new”.

A new lease of life for the Beta Band is great news, given that a series of misfortunes meant the outfit never quite reached the heights they could have while they were still together. The documentary about the making of their final album, ‘Heroes To Zeros’, is an amazingly candid record of their slow collapse. Go and track down a copy of that now.