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Old 09-01-17, 07:14 AM   #1
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Guided By Voices - where to start?

They have so many albums I have no idea where to begin. What are the best albums? Or should I start with a greatest of collection.
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Old 09-01-17, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Guided By Voices - where to start?

Start with Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Their output is wildly uneven, but if you don't like those two, then it is best to give up.
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Old 09-01-17, 06:59 PM   #3
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Re: Guided By Voices - where to start?

I dove in at Isolation Drills which is kind of their attempt at the big time but it's got solid anthemic rock mixed in with Bob Pollard's quirky songcraft. Next I bought Under the Bushes Under the Stars which I actually like more than B1000 and Alien Lanes. It's where I got hooked (obsessed) after taht I bought more and more and I am still absolutely amazed how many great songs Robert Pollard has written. I'd estimate I love 400+ songs by him which I can't say about anyone else. THe man is a marvel of modern music. Personal favs:

Universal Truths and Cycles
How do you spell Heaven (The new album is amazing)

dozens more

As far as solo and outside band projects there's a never ending supply of greatness, but do not miss Robert Pollard With Doug Gillard - Speak Kindly Of Your Volunteer Fire Dept. One of the best albums in his canon.
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Old 09-01-17, 08:23 PM   #4
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Re: Guided By Voices - where to start?

Thanks. I'm going to look into these. This gives me a place to start.

I've been a Bobby Bare jr. fan for years and he's been playing guitar with Guided by Voices for the last few years. I picked up the Bloodshot records six pack. Which is a set of six 45s featuring drinking songs. One has Robert Pollard doing Drinker's Peace, which is a Guided by Voices song. I'm assuming a rerecording. The back has Bobby Bare jr doing One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles of Wine. A song he wrote with Hayes Carll.

Back to Guided by Voices. Does Robert Pollard ever stop writing music? There is a ridiculous amount of albums out there.
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Old 09-01-17, 10:01 PM   #5
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Re: Guided By Voices - where to start?

A friend who is a big fan, and in a band directly influenced by, suggested I start with Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes, but I never got around to listening to either. :/
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Old 09-04-17, 03:23 PM   #6
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Re: Guided By Voices - where to start?

I'm from the Dayton area and been a huge fan since the early 90's

Definitely listen to....

Bee Thousand
Alien Lanes
Under the Bushes Under the Stars

if you enjoy move on to...

Isolation Drills
Mag Earwig

if you still enjoy...pick any and go!

Here are some of my non GBV branded favs....

Keene Brothers - Blues and Boogie Shoes
Robert Pollard - Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department
ESP Ohio - Starting Point of the Royal Cyclopean

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