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Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department [ReIssue, Remastered]

Robert Pollard With Doug Gillard

Reissued: 08/30/2019
Released: 11/05/1999
Format: LP
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
Catalog #: GBVI-93
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 15
Front Cover
Pressing Details
Vinyl Color # Pressed
Working Titles
"Mercy Giants"
Reissue info: Guided By Voices brings you 20th anniversary vinyl reissues of two early gems from the Fading Captain Series. Originally issued as small vinyl pressings (1000 copies) in 1999, used copies of these Guided By Voices "side-projects" have regularly re-sold for hundreds of dollars each. Both have been remastered from the original analog tapes.

Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department is the first album of Robert Pollard's fruitful collaboration with long-time guitarist Doug Gillard (later to be known as Lifeguards). Gillard recorded all the instruments on Tascam 4-track cassette in Cleveland, then sent them via US Postal Service to Pollard who added vocals in a studio in Dayton. Eleven Pollard compositions followed, along with four songs which Pollard wrote and recorded melodies over Gillard-penned instrumentals, starting an unusual songwriting process that Pollard pursued for several years with various long-distance collaborators. Nearly half the songs on the album became staples of the GBV live set for several years, including "Pop Zeus," "Tight Globes," "Frequent Weaver Who Burns" and "Do Something Real," which was featured in the Stephen Soderbergh film, Full Frontal.
Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department
Side A
1.   Frequent Weaver Who Burns [2019 Remastered Version] 2:50
2.   Soul Train College Policeman [2019 Remastered Version] 1:39
3.   Pop Zeus [2019 Remastered Version] 2:28
4.   Slick As Snails [2019 Remastered Version] 4:20
5.   Do Something Real [2019 Remastered Version] 2:55
6.   Port Authority [2019 Remastered Version] 4:05
7.   Soft Smoke [2019 Remastered Version] 5:09
8.   Same Things [2019 Remastered Version] 1:20
Side B
1.   And I Don't (So Now I Do) [2019 Remastered Version] 2:10
2.   Tight Globes [2019 Remastered Version] 3:08
3.   I Get Rid Of You [2019 Remastered Version] 2:51
4.   Life Is Beautiful [2019 Remastered Version] 2:28
5.   Messiahs [2019 Remastered Version] 2:25
6.   Larger Massachusetts [2019 Remastered Version] 2:53
7.   And My Unit Moves [2019 Remastered Version] 1:42
Total Length: 42:23
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Fading Captain Series - 4 [CD] (U.S.A.) 15
Fading Captain Series - 4 [LP] (U.S.A.) 15

Album Credits
Role Name
Layout Nick Kizirnis
Photo Collages Kuda Labranche
Photos Matt Davis
Role Name
Instruments Doug Gillard
Keyboards Doug Gillard
Music Doug Gillard
Percussion Doug Gillard
Vocals Robert Pollard
Role Name
Engineer (Music) Doug Gillard
Engineer (Vocals) John Shough
Mastering Jeff Graham
Role Name
Mastering Location Diamond Mine Studios
Recording Location (Music) Doug Gillard's 4-Track
Recording Location (Vocals) Cro-Magnon - Dayton, OH
Role Name
Copyright 1999
Role Name
Thanks Caroline Zobeck
Thanks David Newgarden
Thanks Jim Pollard
Thanks Matt Davis
Thanks Mike McDonald
Thanks Pete Jamison
Thanks Postal Blowfish
Thanks Rich Turiel
Thanks The Monument Club
Thanks Todd Robinson
Thanks TVT Records