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Bee Thousand [ReIssue, Remastered]

Guided By Voices

Reissued: 01/27/2015
Released: 06/21/1994
Format: LP
Label: Scat
Catalog #: 35
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 20
Gatefold Cover:Yes
Front Cover
Back Cover
20th Anniversary Sticker
Newbury Exclusive Sticker
Pressing Details
Vinyl Color # Pressed
Clear 500  (Limited Edition)
Newbury reissue info: A Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressing. Little introduction should be required here. Let it suffice to say that Bee Thousand is arguably the best, or at least among the top Guided By Voices albums in a copious discography. Accordingly, the album has stacked up accolades over the years, including being voted #1 on Amazon.com's "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time." It's a staple of such lists, and has also placed highly on those curated by Spin, Pitchfork, Mojo and Rolling Stone.

This new LP pressing, the first since the late '90s, honors the album's 20th anniversary. It features new (and definitely improved) mastering from John Golden, a substantial gatefold jacket with a previously unpublished Robert Pollard collage, and high-quality virgin vinyl from RTI.

Album includes a digital download.

Additional notes from Scat's website, posted on Nov. 8, 2014: So a bit over 20 years ago we put out this album called Bee Thousand by a band from Dayton, Ohio called Guided By Voices. It's been out of print on vinyl since the late 90s, but that situation is coming to an end very soon (exact date tba). This pressing is not limited.

This time around it's a gatefold jacket. The nice kind, from Stoughton: [see related image].

On the left panel, "Hardcore UFOs - From the Postal Blowfish Sessions" - culled from Bob's archives. The illustrations that originally accompanied the lyrics are no longer of this world, so this seemed like an appropriate substitution. The original vinyl mastering was not particularly sympathetic (Trutone), so we've had John Golden re-cut. It sounds much better than the original pressings. Black vinyl only, for now anyway.

Limited number of clear vinyl LPs were available from Newbury Comics, but are now sold out.

Original images on newbury, midheaven, and a few other sites had the 2 lines on the cover for both the reissue and newbury exclusive reissue, but the actual releases have the 3 lines.
Bee Thousand
Side A
1.   Hardcore UFO's [2015 Remastered Version] 1:54
2.   Buzzards and Dreadful Crows [2015 Remastered Version] 1:43
3.   Tractor Rape Chain [2015 Remastered Version] 3:04
4.   The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory [2015 Remastered Version] 1:45
5.   Hot Freaks [2015 Remastered Version] 1:42
6.   Smothered In Hugs [2015 Remastered Version] 3:00
7.   Yours To Keep [2015 Remastered Version] 1:15
8.   Echos Myron [2015 Remastered Version] 2:42
Side B
1.   Gold Star For Robot Boy [2015 Remastered Version] 1:39
2.   Awful Bliss [2015 Remastered Version] 1:12
3.   Mincer Ray [2015 Remastered Version] 2:21
4.   A Big Fan Of The Pigpen [2015 Remastered Version] 2:09
5.   Queen Of Cans And Jars [2015 Remastered Version] 1:55
6.   Her Psychology Today [2015 Remastered Version] 2:04
7.   Kicker of Elves [2015 Remastered Version] 1:04
8.   Ester's Day [2015 Remastered Version] 1:51
9.   Demons are Real [2015 Remastered Version] 0:48
10.  I Am A Scientist [2015 Remastered Version] 2:24
11.  Peep-Hole [2015 Remastered Version] 1:25
12.  You're Not An Airplane [2015 Remastered Version] 0:33
Total Length: 36:30
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, Remastered] (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
Scat - 65 [CD, Reissue] (U.S.A.) 38

Album Credits
Role Name
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