Mag Earwhig!

Mag Earwhig!

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by Guided by Voices
     
 

After Bee Thousand gave Guided By Voices a wider audience, it became evident that Robert Pollard saw himself as more than just the band's songwriter and frontman, and as his career ambitions grew, he became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his band. Matters came to a head prior to the recording of Mag Earwhig!See more details below

Overview

After Bee Thousand gave Guided By Voices a wider audience, it became evident that Robert Pollard saw himself as more than just the band's songwriter and frontman, and as his career ambitions grew, he became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his band. Matters came to a head prior to the recording of Mag Earwhig! as Pollard broke ties with longtime guitarist and fellow songwriter Tobin Sprout and fired the rest of the group. While Pollard and Sprout soon buried the hatchet, Sprout opted not to stay on as a full-time member of the group, and Pollard was now Guided By Voices' uncontested leader. He hired Cleveland-based blues/garage rockers Cobra Verde as his backing band for the next GBV album, and Mag Earwhig! sounded a good bit different as a result; while there were a few stray four-track experiments with Sprout scattered about, most of the album had a solid, professional sheen, and Cobra Verde rock harder and sound tighter than any of the lineups Pollard had worked with in the past. Unfortunately, his songwriting wasn't quite up to his usual standards, which the new clarity of this album makes all the more evident. Pollard is incapable of making an album without a few fine songs, and "Bulldog Skin," "Sad If I Lost It," "Not Behind the Fighter Jet," and "Portable Men's Society" certainly fill the bill, but it may well be significant that Mag Earwhig!'s most exciting song, the joyous "I Am a Tree," was written by Cobra Verde's Doug Gillard. While there's plenty to enjoy here, Robert Pollard's next experiment in hi-fi record making, Do the Collapse, would prove to be much more successful.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861024125
catalogNumber:
10241

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guided by Voices   Primary Artist
Kevin Fennell   Drums
Tobin Sprout   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Casio
Robert Pollard   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Casio
Jim Pollard   Bass,Guitar
Dave Swanson   Drums,Maracas,Background Vocals
John Petkovic   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Doug Gillard   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Don Depew   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Johnny Strange   Bass
Mitch Mitchell   Bass,Guitar
Joe Buben   Drums
Chedomir Stanisic   Organ

Technical Credits

John Shough   Programming,Engineer
Tobin Sprout   Engineer
John Croslin   Engineer
Don Depew   Engineer

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