Box

Box

by Guided by Voices
     
 
Compiling all of Guided By Voices' '80s albums -- Devil Between My Toes, Sandbox, Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia, and Same Place the Fly Got Smashed (the vinyl version includes Propeller, which was on the Vampire on Titus CD) -- and adding a collection of rarities called King Shit and the

Overview

Compiling all of Guided By Voices' '80s albums -- Devil Between My Toes, Sandbox, Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia, and Same Place the Fly Got Smashed (the vinyl version includes Propeller, which was on the Vampire on Titus CD) -- and adding a collection of rarities called King Shit and the Golden Boys, Box is a bit of an intimidating listen for some devoted fans, let alone beginners. On each of their albums, Guided By Voices packs their records full of brief songs -- if they reach the three-minute mark, it's an epic for the band. That can make such a massive collection of music rather daunting; it all seems to speed by without much distinction, if you're listening casually, but on closer inspection, it withstands repeated listens. The first records, Devils and Sandbox, are unpolished versions of R.E.M.'s Murmur. On the next two albums, the group's distinctive, British Invasion-inspired abbreviated pop begins to coalesce; their music sounds more like messages than songs, albeit messages that are driven by undeniable hooks. Retailing for under $50, Box is a worthwhile investment for dedicated fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/1995
Label:
Scat Records
UPC:
0753417004023
catalogNumber:
40

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Old Battery
  2. Discussing Wallace Chambers
  3. Cyclops
  4. Crux
  5. A Portrait Destroyed by Fire
  6. 3 Year Old Man
  7. Dog's Out
  8. A Proud and Booming Industry
  9. Hank's Little Fingers
  10. Artboat
  11. Hey Hey, Spaceman
  12. The Tumblers
  13. Bread Alone
  14. Captain's Dead

Disc 2

  1. Lips of Steel
  2. A Visit to the Creep Doctor
  3. Everyday
  4. Barricade
  5. Get to Know the Ropes
  6. Can't Stop
  7. The Drinking Jim Crow
  8. Trap Soul Door
  9. Common Rebels
  10. Long Distance Man
  11. I Certainly Hope Not
  12. Adverse Wind

Disc 3

  1. The Future Is in Eggs
  2. The Great Blake St. Canoe Race
  3. Slopes of Big Ugly
  4. Crux
  5. Navigating Flood Regions
  6. A Earful O' Wax
  7. White Whale
  8. Trampoline
  9. Short on Posters
  10. Chief Barrel Belly
  11. Dying to Try This
  12. The Qualifying Remainder
  13. Liar's Tale
  14. Radio Show (Trust the Wizard)

Disc 4

  1. Airshow '88
  2. Order for the New Slave Trade
  3. The Hard Way
  4. Drinker's Peace
  5. Mammoth Cave
  6. When She Turns 50
  7. Club Molluska
  8. Pendulum
  9. Ambergris
  10. Local Mix-Up/Murder Charge
  11. Star Boy
  12. Blatant Doom Trip
  13. How Loft I Am?

Disc 5

  1. We've Got Airplanes
  2. Dust Devil
  3. Squirmish Frontal Room
  4. Tricyclic Looper
  5. Crutch Came Slinking
  6. Fantasy Creeps
  7. Sopor Joe
  8. Crunch Pillow
  9. Indian Was an Angel
  10. Don't Stop Now
  11. Bite
  12. Greenface
  13. Deathtrot and Warlock Riding a Rooster
  14. 2nd Moves to Twin
  15. At Odds with Dr. Genesis
  16. Please Freeze Me
  17. Scissors
  18. Postal Blowfish
  19. Crocker's Favorite Song

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