Guided By Voices
Box (Reissue) (5 CD Set)
Released on November 26, 2002
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The question about The Guided by Voices Box is always, "Is it different than the original?" Yes and no. It contains the same music, still contains five discs, and has pretty much the same art on the slipcase. The art has been redone out of necessity, but any visual changes are minor. Nothing from the original pressing has been lost, aside from poor-quality upside-down scans. The biggest change is a switch from five digipaks to three jewel boxes.
Box compiles the first four Guided By Voices albums, namely Devil Between My Toes, Sandbox, Self Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia, and Same Place the Fly Got Smashed. Each is different in character, but all are quite recognizably GBV. They were originally released on vinyl only on various invented record labels in pressings of 300 to 1000 copies.
Box also includes a fifth disc, King Shit and the Golden Boys, material on which is an equal division of the best Bee Thousand outtakes and the best tracks from the lost "shit-canned" albums Back to Saturn X and Learning to Hunt.
Includes the complete first four LPs originally self-released between 1987 and 1990, plus a disc of rarities.