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Bee Thousand [ReIssue]

Guided By Voices

Reissued: 09/20/2004
Released: 06/21/1994
Format: CD
Label: Scat
Catalog #: 65
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 38
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This CD was available only from Scat directly with the purchase of the 3LP Bee Thousand reissue. From Scat Records:

The "add-on cd": for an additional $5, a simple cd version of this release is available with purchase of the vinyl. It contains all the songs from sides 1-4 and the 5 unreleased tracks on sides 5/6. The packaging is minimal - plastic sleeve with a title card. This is intended as a convenience for those on the go or who are turntable-less. It is not available in stores or anywhere else on the 'net.

Sides 1-4 are an early Bee Thousand sequence, at the time titled "Instructions to the Rusty Time Machine". The following tracks are previously unreleased:

It's Like Soul Man [4 Track Version]
Crayola
Twig
Way To A Man's Heart
Break Even [Early Version]
Shocker In Gloomtown [Early Version]
My Valuable Hunting Knife [Andy Shernoff Version]


For historical purposes, here's a list of other songs that were included in some version or other of Bee Thousand before the final sequence was decided upon. Most of the songs in the list are actually rather older recordings and are really outtakes from earlier LPs. Some of these songs turned up in the Suitcase boxed set (SC) or the Fast Japanese Spin Cycle ep (FJ), others remain unreleased (*). It should be noted that Suitcase erroneously credits a few songs as Bee Thousand outtakes which are in fact not.

Navy Girl Song [If We Wait solo]*
Shit Midas (SC)
Hello Song* (actually intended as side 3 cut 1 for the double album version of Bee Thousand - it's a guitar / drum machine track recorded by a friend of Bob's who he's lost touch with. For that reason, as well as because it's not really a GBV song, it is not being included above)
Dusted [solo version] (FJ)
Kisses to the Crying Cooks (FJ)
Unleashed! [rough version]*
The Hard Way [solo version]*
Perch Warble (SC)
Taco Buffalo Birddog and Jesus (SC)
The Future Is in Eggs [instrumental] (SC)


So altogether, a total of 65 different songs were considered for the album at one time or another, so you can see how Bee Thousand wound up being such a strong album with so much to choose from. When I have more spare time, I will dig through the archives and put together a page detailing all the different incarnations of Bee Thousand leading up to its release.
Note: original release date was to be 8/24/2004 but it got changed to 9/20/2004,
Bee Thousand
1.   Demons are Real 0:49
2.   Deathtrot And Warlock Riding A Rooster 1:12
3.   Postal Blowfish 2:09
4.   The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory 1:45
5.   At Odds With Dr. Genesis 1:25
6.   Hot Freaks 1:44
7.   Queen Of Cans And Jars 1:56
8.   Bite 1:04
9.   It's Like Soul Man [4 Track Version] 2:10
10.  Supermarket The Moon 2:13
11.  Stabbing A Star 1:46
12.  Ester's Day [Shorter Version] 1:33
13.  Her Psychology Today 2:05
14.  Good For A Few Laughs 2:15
15.  Smothered In Hugs 3:03
16.  What Are We Coming Up To? 1:57
17.  Peep-Hole 1:30
18.  Revolution Boy 2:59
19.  Indian Was An Angel 2:07
20.  Zoning The Planet 2:25
21.  Scissors 1:48
22.  Crayola 1:17
23.  Kicker of Elves [Longer Version] 1:15
24.  2nd Moves To Twin [Longer Version] 2:46
25.  I'll Buy You A Bird 1:47
26.  Awful Bliss 1:13
27.  Echos Myron [Shorter Version] 2:19
28.  Why Did You Land? [4 Track Version] 2:45
29.  You're Not An Airplane 0:34
30.  Crunch Pillow 2:46
31.  Rainbow Billy 1:39
32.  Tractor Rape Chain [Shorter Version] 2:47
33.  Crocker's Favorite Song 2:16
34.  Way To A Man's Heart 1:52
35.  Twig 2:15
36.  Shocker In Gloomtown [Early Version] 1:05
37.  Break Even [Early Version] 1:40
38.  My Valuable Hunting Knife [Shernoff Version] 2:08
Total Length: 01:12:19
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
King Records/Scat - KICP 462 [CD] (Japan) 20
Matador - OLE 084-1 [LP, Reissue] (United Kingdom) 20
Matador - OLE 084-2 [CD, Reissue] (United Kingdom) 20
Scat - 35 [CD] (U.S.A.) 20
Scat - 35 [LP, Reissue] (U.S.A.) 20
Scat - 35-1 [LP] (U.S.A.) 20
Scat - 35-4 [Cassette] (U.S.A.) 20
Scat - 65 [3 LP, Reissue] (U.S.A.) 55

Album Credits
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Thanks Anyway
Thanks Ben Poremski
Thanks Bruce Greenwald
Thanks City Slang
Thanks Domino
Thanks Engine
Thanks Joel Marks
Thanks Kim Deal
Thanks Matt Sweeney
Thanks Pete Jamison
Thanks Scat
Thanks Siltbreeze
Thanks Strapping Field Hands
Thanks The Grifters
Thanks Trader Vic's