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Bee Thousand

Guided by VoicesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Here is the last Guided By Voices album. Not in the sense of “Here is the previous Guided By Voices album,” but in the sense of “final.” If it’s true in movies where the voice-over says “You never really appreciate something until it’s gone,” and the credits roll, and you leave the theater with little bits of popcorn stuck to your shoes, then you ... Read more in Amazon's Guided by Voices Store

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Scat Records
  • ASIN: B000002363
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Midwestern obscure-rock archivists and curators Guided by Voices are back before you could consider them gone with another fun-filled, hook-happy hodge podge of songs, half-songs, ideas, and vaguely pleasing sounds to get you through summer. How many influences can you find in this picture? A Beatles harmony and a Syd Barrett musing here and there are easy to spot, but how about the pack of no-name psychedelicists and prepunk garage dwellers that only Guided by voices have ever heard of? Could be thousands. GBV are so good at integrating references, in fact, their records sound like nothing more than well-groomed and quirky modern rock. Call them post-postmodernists--what else to brand a group that sings a song named "The Golden Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory" without even a smirk and doesn't come off disgustingly pretentious? Sincere? Timeless? We get the joke while they swear they never made one. --Roni Sarig

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Life Changing July 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Be warned. This is audio heroin. One listen, and you will be an addict. Of course, Bee Thousand is just the gateway album. You will love it. (Haven't met a soul who doesn't.) And once you come to grips with your love of Bob Pollard's perfect lo-fi pop, you'll go in search of more. And, yes my friends, there is plenty more. Not just Guided By Voices, but Bob Pollard solo albums, side projects, ex-members side projects...Lexo and the Leapers. You'll buy them. I'm just letting you know ahead of time. Because it can get ugly. Vinyl EP imports from Holland. Split singles with obscure Canadian bands. You're going to need them all. And you'll get them. Whatever it takes. Trust me, I've been there.
So, go ahead and listen. But a year from now, when you're sitting in an empty apartment surrounded by nothing but GBV music and a crappy record player you borrowed from your cousin. Don't say nobody warned you. And welcome...you're one of us now.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definition of Do It Yourself ****1/2 April 1, 2005
By JWK
Format:Audio CD
Though I do have some pride, I'm far from most pretentious internet music critics; I know nothing about Guided by Voices. I wouldn't know Pollard if I saw him in a grocery store. I'm not sure what other indie bands were influenced by them. I don't own any of their other albums. I can't spout off this or that song title from this era that was import because it showcased both a reserve of political mindedness, while being forward-thinking and.... I don't care about any of that. I'm saying that despite my reluctance to get to know this band, I admit this album is one of the most interesting (and yes, BEST) albums of the 90's.

I'm amazed with the production. How anyone can listen to the White Stripes and really believe that their records are low-fi are beyond me. (I like the White Stripes, by the way). The production has this kitsch, kind of quirky homespun quality that extends beyond the production. It feels like that basement record your semi-close friend in high school made and bugged you every day about what you "really" thought. Only now he's a song-craft genious with ADHT. BGV sometimes abandon a catchy song right as it's getting interesting and somehow it doesn't detract. It sticks in your head. I find myself hitting the repeat button (but never the skip button) on this album more than any other I've listened to. Some records are great because they're catchy enough to move you and low-fi enough to not become popular. Not even CLOSE to popular. Those records make you feel like you're the only person in the world who's ever heard it and you feel great about yourself because of it. "Bee Thousand" is that record. Enjoy.

Overall: 9 out of 10.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy beyond belief December 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who considers themselves a music enthusiast or even just a fan must listen to "Bee Thousand" by GBV. I have been listening to GBV for almost four years and I own over 450 CDs-this is in my top five with ease and next to Close to The Edge by Yes-may be my favorite. This album is the first of 4 masterpieces they released in succession(Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Under the Bushes Under the stars and Mag Earwhig) and although much deserved debate exists as to which is best, I truly believe this to be it. All any "music fan" has to do is listen to the first 5 songs 2 or three times and they will be hooked. This is a timeless masterpiece and I am almost glad that GBV is not nationally recognized, they are our little secret. Buy all their albums-including Robert Pollard's solo work. Buy Bee Thousand first- it's what hooked me!You wont' be disappointed , this is some of the catchiest music ever written.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I've been familier with GBV since the mid 1990s. Back then it was impossible to come across a review or critique of this band without the word, 'lo-fi', being mentioned in the same sentence. But merely making a virtue of 'lo-fi' as being part of some kind of 'sonic revolutiion' is entirely missing the point. The fact is Guided By Voices (fronted by Robert Pollard - a genius musician/artist) made these types of albums - with that sound - because the only equipment they had was an old 4-track recorder. But it was their attitiude behind the making of this album that makes it such a classic, which iss basically this: "Whatever. Just press record. No one buys our music anyway. Let's have the best fun amongst ourselves."

Most of these songs are no more than a minute long. Some even shorter. But when listened too as a whole album, it makes for one brilliant, ground breaking piece of art. That, my fellow readers, is the essence of this classic album: Don't worry about what others are going to think. Or worry if they're going to 'get it'. It doesn't matter. Just play and record.

No plush recording studios here. No pro-tools, no digital consoles. This is the sound of the American Midwest suburbs (GBV were from Dayton, Ohio), plugging in and playing their hearts out. I mean, the entire album was recorded onto a cassette tape, for crying out loud! It's not that GBV didn't care about their music. They did, passionately. Rather it was that they just wanted/needed to get this music out there . . . using whatever they had. In this case a Tascam Portastudio 4-track . . . onto a cassette tape!

So, to all you aspiring musicians and songwriters out there reading this: Buy this record. Listen. Enjoy . . . and keep writing and recording your songs. Use whatever you have at your disposal. And don't worry about whether your music is 'fashionable' or 'chic'. Otherwise your art will be lesser for it. We can all learn a lot from this album.

I still am. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of all time
For years, this album is the standard to which I hold all musicians. This is my "desert island" album---every song a gem.
Published 1 month ago by LLdemats
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top ten albums of all time
Some of it needs to grown on you, and some of it is catchy/rocking/amazing on first listening. But this album influenced a heck of a lot of people, for good reason. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SDC
5.0 out of 5 stars I was new to Guided By Voices and I loved this on the first listen
I'm new to Guided By Voices, but I immediately latched onto this album, and my attachment grows with each successive listen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like perfect AM radio pop from an alternate universe
You know those guys down the street who hang out in the basement with some instruments and amps while they knock back a few beers and pretend to be the greatest band in the world? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles Sikkenga
5.0 out of 5 stars Still, this is one of my all-time favorites!!!
I have been a huge Guided by Voices fan for a while... "a while" considering that I'm nineteen... Anyways!!! I own every "classic lineup" (I also own Mag Earwhig! Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Atomic Leaf
2.0 out of 5 stars Over rated and doesn't warrant repeated listenings
I remember when this first came out and it was lauded as the greatest thing since sliced bread. From a historical standpoint, it came out during the early 1990's "alernative music"... Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars Reistance is Futile, Surrender to GBV
You might hate this if you listen to it once, but no one can listen to it 7 times and resist loving it. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by TooLoudPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Nine tracks into the fuzzy Frankenstein pop odyssey that is Bee Thousand, you get a gnarly little tune by the name of "Gold Star For Robot Boy. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by Laszlo Matyas
1.0 out of 5 stars I've heard better!
This one just didn't impress me at all. I was bored with the 29-second snippets of the songs and I definitely was not moved to even want listen to any more of these songs, let... Read more
Published on April 18, 2009 by M. Daehne
2.0 out of 5 stars #1? Really?
First of all, who ever could vote this ahead of Neutral Milk Hotel is crazy or hard of hearing. You listen to the 30 sec samples and hear 90% of the album. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by Jason Dale Tribble
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