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  • Audio CD (17 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0000DIZSV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
As an achievement, the third boxset from Dayton, Ohia's Guided By Voices is simply outstanding.
The Best of disc is what a best of disc should be: crammed full of singles (which should have been hits, none of which were), live favourites and great album tracks. No surprises there, but the real gems are in the collection of b-sides. There are more great songs on here than most bands manage on their whole album, from the mini-epics like "(I'll name you) the flame that cries" to criminally underrated 60's influnced pop songs like "Dodging Invisible Rays".
The live disc is also essential, spanning numerous line-ups of the band.
The DVD, Watch Me Jumpstart, offers a valuable insight into the band, and includes some great live footage.
Plus, there's the band's first EP "Forever Since Breakfast", which, while shows the band still finding their feet, is a must for fans of the band.
The boxset covers all bases. In short, it's indespensible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Naylor on 27 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having only been introduced to GBV around 1999 I'd missed the boat on a lot of their hard-to-find earlier releases. Therefore I've been looking forward to this box set ever since it was rumoured a while back.
CD1 is a straightforward chronological selection of tracks from all the albums. Nothing too rare here - even the most casual fan probably has all these tracks (except maybe the 7" version of I Am A Scientist and the demo of Teenage FBI). Personally I wish they'd included the non-chronological version (available separately) of the first CD.
CD2 begins to get more interesting for the fans - a good selection of b-sides and deleted EP tracks. Even though I had most of these (on vinyl or CD single) it's nice to have them all in one place, and includes some excellent songs previously only availble on Japanese versions. 'My Thoughts Are A Gas' is one of many standouts and vastly superior to the version on the 'Tonics' album.
CD3 continues where the 'Suitcase' boxset left off. This makes the perfect companion to Suitcase and I hardly had any of the tracks on it. The Mag Earwhig demos get a little 'samey' towards the end but overall, an excellent disc.
CD4 is great - a varied selection of live tracks over the years - some brilliant versions here, and a good indicator of how good the band are live.
CD5 - Forever Since Breakfast - their first EP on CD at last! Had this on MP3 but have been after a good copy for ages. Definitely shows its REM-influences but it's still a cracking EP epsecially 'Lets Ride' and 'Like I Do'
CD6 is the great 'Watch Me Jumpstart' film from the mid-90s, along with a few extras. Was really interesting to watch because I'd missed out on the whole 'classic-lineup' and it was great to see them in action.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Hardcore UFOs delivers the goods 23 Nov. 2003
By Harry Crewz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's hard not to love this boxed set. It's got a ton of great music and video for the cash, and it's a nice balance of GBVs more noteworthy pop moments as well as some really cool obscure stuff. There's something in here for every fan, from acolytes to veterans.
There are five CDs and one DVD in the box. The CDs include the greatest hits disc (also available separately), a CD of outtakes and obscurities available for the first time (these aren't even on Suitcase), a live CD, and GBV's first EP available for the very first time--it'd been out of print for years. There's an excellent photo and essay book as well, which gives colorful insight into the history, personnel, and personality of the band.
Rumor has it that Robert Pollard hand-picked the songs for the greatest hits disc. I can't quibble with his selections, for the most part, though I bet just about every hardcore fan wishes his or her favorite song made it (I was a little surprised to not find "Gold Star For Robot Boy" from Bee Thousand, "Red Men and Their Wives" from Under the Bushes, "Stabbing a Star" from Sunfish Holy Breakfast, "The Brides Have Hit Glass" from Isolation Drills, and "Useless Inventions" from Earthquake Glue in there somewhere). With so many great songs, it must have been torturous to pare the catalog down to the final 32.
I was super stoked to see "Back From Saturn X" on the B-sides disc.
The strongest offering by far is the live disc. This pastiche of songs--also hand-picked by Bob with some help--pulls together songs that flat-out rocked live along with a mix of mellow or more obscure songs. The sound quality of these is pretty phenomenal considering they were all yanked from amateur DATs and the like. I'd buy the whole box set again for this disc alone.
If you're new to GBV and you want to immediately take a deep dive, I recommend starting here or with the greatest hits CD by itself. If you like this band but have doubts about the box, nix them now and lay your money down: Hardcore UFOs does not disappoint.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's Not Too Late 2 Jan. 2004
By TK - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It is somewhat embarrassing to admit that for years I completely missed the boat when it comes to Guided by Voices-even though I've always interested in finding some of the most obscure bands out there. For reasons I'll never be able to explain, Guided by Voices has always flown just under my radar though I always knew that they were out there. Finding this box set for me is like finding one of the sources of the Nile because I can hear influences of their work on many of my other favorites. So while this johnny-come-lately kicks himself for missing out on this band for so long, I can give you one good piece of advice: go out and get the Hardcore UFOs box set and see for yourself. It is like everything, and nothing that you've heard before. My Christmas wish of receiving this box set has been fulfilled. Now I only wish that I'd been a fan all along.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
More frustrating greatness 23 Feb. 2004
By Jeffrey Yutzler - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Okay, 6 disks here so there is a lot to cover.
Human Amusements At Hourly rates is the greatest hits CD. It has 32 songs, many of which are GBV's best songs. Of the 32 songs, there is only one I can't stand, "Drinker's Peace" from the wretched concept album "Same Place the Fly Got Smashed." Everything else on there is top notch. There are certainly dozens of other songs that could go on here, but a CD is only 80 minutes long. This is the CD you lend to your friends.
Demons & Painkillers is the B-sides and rarities CD. There are a lot of really good songs here as well as some truly awful ones. I can make a strong case for several of these songs belonging on the greatest hits CD (more on that later).
Delicious Pie & Thank You For Calling is the demos and outtakes CD. Eh. It is a mixed bag for me. I'd put it in the bottom 25% of the GBV releases I've come across. With so much else to choose from, I can't imagine listening to this all that often.
Live at the Wheelchair Races is the live CD. The setlist is very strong. I can even tolerate Drinker's Peace in this setting (even more reason not to have it on the greatest hits CD). The flow gets broken up a bit by changing time periods, but it really is not that bad. I will probably listen to this quite a lot.
Forever Since Breakfast is their first EP. It harks back to a time long ago when GBV were more interested in sounding like REM than The Who. There are good songs and bad songs here which shouldn't surprise anyone. If you liked Devil Between My Toes you will probably like this, and vice versa. Personally, I put half of the songs from the two releases onto my humongous GBV playlist on my MP3 player.
The DVD is great. I'm not much of a video watcher, but it is nice to have all of that stuff together on one disk (hint, hint).
The book has a lot of old pictures and a few fun anecdotes. Oh, and a description of where all of the tracks come from.
So, why 4 stars?
- I am very happy with the live CD and the DVD. Those two are 5*. The early EP gets 4 stars and I'm glad Bob decided to release it.
- The Greatest Hits CD covers too much ground. Their sound changed quite a lot in 17 years. I just don't think it sounds right to listen to all of it on one CD. Perhaps the single-CD issue sounds better with its non-chronological order. I was trying to think of a good stopping point and decided Mag Earwhig would be better.
- There are not enough alternative versions on the greatest hits CD. The two are nice, but why not have the alternate versions of Motor Away, My Valuable Hunting Knife, and Game of Pricks from the rarities CD on there as well? This would give me more reason to listen to it.
- I think it is a travesty not to have Postal Blowfish on the greatest hits CD. With the extra room on the greatest hits CD, I'd throw in a few more tracks from the rarities CD such as Unleashed! The Large Hearted Boy and Dodging Invisible Rays.
- I'd pick the best of the outtakes and add them to the rarities CD. We know there are other outtakes and demos lying around. Since the outtakes and demos CD is mostly filler anyway, I don't think it really matters to me what else goes on there.
So, in summary, there is a lot to like about this box set, but there are enough frustrations for me to keep my rating at 4*. If you are a big GBV fan, you either have gotten this already or are wondering why you haven't gotten it yet. If not, there are plenty of other CDs for you to choose from as you continue your journey towards becoming a big GBV fan.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Contact the Buzz 20 Nov. 2003
By G. Preston - Published on
Format: Audio CD
How can you go wrong with 4 CDs of GBV and the wonderful Watch Me Jumpstart film on DVD? You can't go wrong. By and large, everything here is pure gold. The only reason [I] would give it 4 stars would be because of what songs didn't make it! As far as I can tell, the only drastic omisions on the Best Of CD are: Liars Tale, Quality Of Armor, If We Wait, Jane Of the Waking Universe, Your Name Is Wild, Don't Stop Now. Everyone has their favorites, but I just can't believe these particular songs don't appear anywhere in the boxset, not even in a live version! ... Aside from that, the live Cd itself is very cool. ... For some reason, the Cobra Verde line-up is heavily featured, which is not a bad thing, just a little odd. The "unreleased songs" cd is perhaps the best part. Most of it is actually home recorded demos and early versions of songs that later appeared on album with different titles. There's some really choice stuff on here. The "rare B-sides and Matador singles, etc" is great also, but the operative word here is *Matador*. There are plenty of other EPs and 7"s on other labels that are not represented at all (Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Static Airplane Jive, Wish In One Hand, etc.)
Finally, the DVD is great, with some nice, albeit short, extras. The 2 Easter Eggs are actually the Back To the Lake & My Kind Of Soldier videos. Why these are "hidden" I have no idea, but poke around enough and you'll find em. ... This is a great boxset, and unquestionably THE X-mas gift of this year, or any year for that matter!
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Yes. Yes. 5 Nov. 2003
By David - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic box-set. I don't like writing long reviews, so all I'll say is if you're a fan of GBV, this is definitely worth the dosh.
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