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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Scat Records
  • ASIN: B00000236J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's a lot to be said about this album.
Adhesive_Boy
Vampire On Titus is probably my favorite Guided By Voices album, which means it's among my favorite albums of all time.
Odinren
Although spotty sometime on the overall quality of the songs, there are still some great ones.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adhesive_Boy on July 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There's a lot to be said about this album. Generally the first impression is that it contains underdeveloped, terribly-produced tracks that pale in comparison stuff off of Bee Thousand, Propeller, Alien Lanes, etc. I suppose there is some truth to that - even as an adamant lover of this album, I admit that I'd rather listen to "Smothered In Hugs" or "Tractor Rape Chain" than the best this album has to offer. And there's no getting around that hilarious metallic reverb that permeates on the vocals on several of the songs or the straight strangeness of things like "Superior Sector Janitor X" and "E-5".

So then, what's so appealing about this album anyway? The first thing is that it's much darker and grittier than anything else in the GBV catalog, and contains some of the best heavy songs by GBV like "Dusted", "Unstable Journey", "Perhaps Now the Vultures", and "Expecting Brainchild" (probably the catchiest of the bunch, and has a hilarious intro). The second is how brilliant the album can be, when it wants to - like the strangely epic "Marchers In Orange" or "Wondering Boy Poet", two of the best songs in the GBV catalogue, and neither is longer than 90 seconds.

The main appeal, though, is the same appeal of Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes era GBV. The songs work so well in fragments, because they isolate the most spontaneous, inspired moments of a song and then jump on to the next one. And even with the less inspired bits, they're generally so short that they become interesting and don't outstay their welcome. But unlike BT/AL, Vampire on Titus has a much more disturbed and outright weird sound than anything else by GBV.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Davidson on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
On Guided by Voices' "Propeller" album, Robert Pollard sang, "we conjure ghosts." On "Vampire on Titus" he actually does. Melodies materialize out of ominous white noise, shamble about for a few seconds, then dissipate again. "Vampire"'s structure is similar to "Bee Thousand" and "Alien Lanes," but it is weirder, darker, and less accessible. That is its strength though; as another reviewer said, even after hundreds of listens, this album still has the power to surprise, perplex, and disturb.

The other GBV albums mentioned above are better starting points for the band's lo-fi era, but you may find yourself, as I have, coming back to the shadowy "Vampire on Titus" most often.

To Bob (and Tobin) be the glory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2002
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Looking at the history of Guided by Voices, Vampire on Titus was the first in a string of four albums to really capture the sound that the GBV purist has been after ever since. Most of us outside the Dayton, Ohio rock scene didn't discover the band until 1993's Bee Thousand, an album which was an incredible blend of uplifting songs that were instantly catchy but fleetingly brief. Vampire on Titus is a much darker album than the three that would follow (Propeller, Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes) and it's brilliance is often overlooked. I consider it to be much like the Stones' Beggars Banquet, an album that was the start of a string of albums that captured a sound that marked the band's high point. Although Beggars Banquet is considered by some to be the Stones finest, the same cannot be said of GBV's Vampire on Titus. I would never recommend a newcomer begin with Vampire on Titus, but instead listen to it after digesting Propeller, Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. There are some gems here, to be sure!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
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Vampire on Titus marks Robert Pollard's (and Guided by Voices') big jump from local heros to college cult band. Paving the way for the superior Bee Thousand the next year, Vampire still has much to recommend it.
"Wished I Was A Giant" sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom on a wire mike, but still wins you over. It also sets you up for the strange sounds ahead: "No. 2 In the Model Home Series" is a creepy thing about automated spouses and sons with guns and it just keeps going... "Unstable Journey" has a killer riff... "Perhaps Now the Vultures" is all out brashness and "Non-Absorbing" remains the penultimate ending track... just one of their best overall songs.
If you're new to the band, start with Mag Earwhig! or Bee Thousand... depending on how DIY you like it. But don't avoid Vampire, especially if you're a fan. It has some slow moments, some throw aways and a lot to be desired in sound quality, but it's a winner all the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. R Robertson on April 12, 2001
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GBV has always been a sailor into the depths of confused and hallucinatory imagery melted down into its spectral essence, and Vampire On Titus represents the earliest stages of their 'unstable journey'. About half of the tracks have the worst sound production they've ever recorded, but also posess some of the most coherent and intellectual lyrics ("Dusted", "Wished I Was A Giant", "Unstable Journey", etc). Meantime, the rest have the trademark lofi medium, shifting between beautiful ballads of melancholy august ("Gleemer", "Jar Of Cardinals", "Wondering Boy Poet") and creppy lapses into nightmarish lost thought ("E-5", "What About It?", "#2 In The Model Home Series", etc). This album is also the shortest of their albums, but that hardly means a thing in their universe...say Fertile Jim, shall we contemplate existence?
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