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Bee Thousand

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Scat Records
  • ASIN: B000002363
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By faster eddy on 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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JWK on April 1, 2005
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 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Marc Decaro on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Brayshaw on July 19, 2008
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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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