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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B0002MHEEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. P. Leenaarts on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I got turned on to this album when I was about 11 or 12 years old by a friend of the family. The "Diary" came from the same Athens, GA camp that spawned R.E.M., but obviously Stipe and the boys got much further up the food chain. If you're a fan of jangle-pop or just a fan of anything even remotely influenced by the Beatles, this is a true gem. Ironically, they do a great cover of the Fab Four's "And Your Bird Can Sing". Murray Attaway has one of the best voices in rock and for all of the right reasons, I don't think this album will ever truly age.
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Reviewers on Amazon of another Guadalcanal Diary album put it best: this reminds us of having a great time in a small club with a steamy hot rockin' band, and 5 stars isn't enough for this. It's a genuine masterpiece, beginning to end. Fans of well-crafted pop songs and experimental rock a la the Beatles Revolver will dig it; fans of rockabilly and psychobilly will dig quite a few tracks on it, too. I got to see them back in the day, at 688 in Atlanta, and I cherish the memory. I've got this one on vinyl and can't wait to get it on CD -- and I usually don't buy CDs of stuff I've already got on vinyl. I've just about worn out the vinyl of this one, though. You've got to hear it to believe it.
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Just about the time this CD came out, I was playing drums in The Robby Ducey Band (in fact, I was the original drummer). We played a show in Athens, Ga as the opening act for GD. I had never heard of them. Most of the material they played that night was from the 2 X 4 CD. Man, I was blown away.

Murray Attaway, and Jeff Walls are the guitar and songwriting duo from Hell as the expression goes. These guys write some of the most dense, and wonderful stuff ever recorded, and when they play it sounds like twenty guitars, but is only two.

The songs, aside from being new-age, and nihilistic as possible, are beautifully crafted, and performed. It is a testimony to the American public's extreme lack of taste and insight that this band essentially got nowhere, and eventually disbanded (and have since reformed). Americans in general have no opinion except what the radio/video industry spoon-feed them, and then tell them to like (by use of sublimination and other techniques).

GD deserved much more attention, respect, success, and notoriety than they got, and this recording is their very best. There is not a bad note on it. If you missed this one, you missed the boat!
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Firstly a mild complaint about the seller, they didn't put enough bubble wrap in the packaging and as a result the case was cracked when it arrived, bubble wrap is cheap guys how about using it?
Aside from that this was an excellent purchase. I had this album on cassette back in the day and have missed it for years. GD were one of those bands who deserved to be huge but never were. The fact that they are obscure now while Twisted Sister are doing reunion tours is proof there is no justice in the world.
The sound of GD is jangly guitars and psychedelic fuzz topped with clever lyrics and great melodies. If you liked bands like REM and The Smiths from the same era you'll love these guys. These guys take me back to a time when the quality of your songs is what counted and for that I love them. 10/10 would buy again.
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I had all of GD's cassettes back in my college days and it's nice to see these albums re-issued so that I can add them to my current disc collection. There are lots of winks and nods to obvious influences but tons of originality. Really nice dynamics within the basic band structure and good singing. I always enjoyed the pure jangly guitar pop of the 80's and this CD is a really fine example. Fave tracks are "Litany(Life Goes On)","3AM", and "Little Birds".

I caught them at The Vogue at Broad Ripple in Indianapolis circa 1988. It was a really high energy, great sounding show. I remember Jeff playing in what appeared to be big silk pajamas.

It would be nice to catch them again someday. Until then, I'll dig on the re-releases.
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One of my favorite albums of the 1980's is now released in a deluxe format from our
friends at Rhino.
This has outstanding sound and excellent bonus tracks.
This is one of the best alternative albums of the 1980's, back when indie was indeed indie.
Be sure to grab this one !
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This band never put out a bad album and I humbly submit 2x4 is their best. That being said, the release of 2x4 on CD corrects a great music injustice perpetrated by the EMI braintrust who likely thought it was either too regional or too alt to sell(further evidence record company executives have wooden ears separaed by a vacuum).

Where to start??? One must first address the great writing. Murray Attaway can write introspective and accessible songs. Quite spiritial with dark tones yet never out and out depressing, probably because the melodies lift and the guitars ring out. Then there's the wicked spot-on doses of humor that come in time to help shift the mood in a differnt direction, keeping the listener interested.

Music, more than many forms of art, is time period dependent in both the artist's and listener's life. That said, this stuff holds up pretty well because it is rich with multiple interpretations for the listener...And it's a real sonic treat with great guitar based melodies to give any Kinks fan a thrill. Pop music can get more complicated, but it can not get much better than this slice of musical nirvana.

I urge any fan of melodic pop with an edge (think Kinks) to purchase this. It's a pop classic that deserves it's due and we, the listeners, are the benefactors of this great sounding re-release. Justice is better late than never!
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