Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow (Box)

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Review Text This is the second four-disc box set of unreleased recordings by Guided by Voices, led by Robert Pollard. It also marks the first use of the Guided by Voices name in the marketplace since their principal member dissolved the unit at the end of 2004. Like the initial Suitcase, it spans nearly 30 years' worth of previously unheard demos, outtakes, jams, live excerpts, and spur-of-the-moment musical ideas from Pollard's vast vault. While the former collection didn't favor one period over another, it's notable that here there is very little attention paid to the band's peak years, 1992-1996 (not much more than a few aborted concept album tracks and a handful of songs that didn't make it on to Pollard's first solo album). Instead, there is a focus on their earliest beginnings, including songs that would've fit nicely on their debut, Forever Since Breakfast, had the decision been made to turn that 1986 EP into a full-length. And it's not like the man has stopped writing since the last box, so there's a wealth of material from 2000 and beyond (including songs written the year this compilation was released, 2005). It's a treat for fans to get this kind of access to Pollard's development as a songwriter and to find melodies that would show up in later works: "Sacred Space" would soon become "Office of Hearts," "Daughter of the Gold Rush" begat "Volcano Divers," and there's a bit of the Bee Thousand castoff "Deathrot and Warlock Riding a Rooster" in "Beach Towers" (as well as the influence of Blue Öyster Cult). But it's the 1988 recording of the song "Rocket Head" that provides the greatest thrill, as many years later it would turn into "Teenage FBI," one of GBV's finest numbers. There are also glimpses of early cracks at writing and recording, one result being a little tune from 1980 called "Metro XVI" that sounds like excited kids attempting to play new wave. It's fascinating to observe Pollard's progression and evolution over the years, and to discover the origins of future approaches such as the riff-rock method taken up for 2001's Isolation Drills dating way back to 1987 ("A Proud and Booming Industry") and resurfacing fully formed as early as 1996 ("Madroom Assistance"). These examples aren't just fragments, either (though that aspect of his process is present elsewhere on this anthology), and most of the songs on Suitcase 2 are more fleshed-out than one might imagine. While it's often an absorbing listen, it's hard to fathom this appealing to anyone but the terminally obsessed; neophytes who have read this far probably realize this is not the one for them. There is a pared-down single LP, Briefcase 2 -- The Return of Milko Waif; Suitcase 2 Abridged, which is only available on vinyl and frustratingly includes two songs not found here. ~ Bart Bealmear

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CD: 1

  1. 1. This Ream - 2:34
  2. 2. Rocket Head - 3:38
  3. 3. Golden Pickle - 0:29
  4. 4. Your Charming Proposal - 1:08
  5. 5. Searing Tonight - 2:52
  6. 6. Somewhere, Sometime - 3:04
  7. 7. If You Think It's Easy - 1:00
  8. 8. His Spacetruck Is Strange - 2:11
  9. 9. Tin Can Laughter - 3:55
  10. 10. Sacred Space - 2:07
  11. 11. Soul Flyers - 3:07
  12. 12. Gods of Richard - 2:32
  13. 13. It's Only Up to You - 2:19
  14. 14. Dancing with the Answers - 4:06
  15. 15. Waiting for Your Touch - 2:44
  16. 16. Soggy Beavers - 1:45
  17. 17. Invisible Train to Earth - 2:53
  18. 18. Stingy Queens - 3:20
  19. 19. Something for Susan in the Shadows - 2:18
  20. 20. Sinister Infrared Halo - 4:05
  21. 21. Happy at the Dragstrip - 2:08
  22. 22. Arms - 2:03
  23. 23. Solid Gold Animal Collection - 2:46
  24. 24. Beach Towers - 4:24
  25. 25. Cosmic Clown - 1:05

CD: 2

  1. 26. I Am Decided - 2:12
  2. 27. Tainted Angels with Butter Knives - 2:24
  3. 28. What About the Rock? - 7:43
  4. 29. Pack of Rolling Papers - 0:26
  5. 30. Telephone Town - 3:41
  6. 31. Hey I Know Your Old Lady - 1:48
  7. 32. Headache Revolution - 1:19
  8. 33. Every Man - 2:16
  9. 34. Alibible - 2:37
  10. 35. I Can't Help But Noticing - 2:20
  11. 36. Mannequin's Complaint (Wax Dummy Meltdown) - 2:09
  12. 37. Zarkoff's Coming - 2:35
  13. 38. Supersonic Love Funky Love Gun - 2:18
  14. 39. Perch Warble - 1:28
  15. 40. You're Not the Queen Anymore - 1:24
  16. 41. Ivanhoe - 1:01
  17. 42. How Can You? - 2:53
  18. 43. Lodger Carried a Gun - 3:47
  19. 44. Metro XVI - 2:47
  20. 45. My Dream Making Machine - 1:22
  21. 46. Mustard Man - 4:18
  22. 47. Alone in Time - 1:10
  23. 48. Dusty Bushworms - 3:22
  24. 49. Free It - 1:14
  25. 50. Are You Faster? - 4:42

CD: 3

  1. 51. Proud and Booming Industry - 2:25
  2. 52. Two or Three Songs - 2:20
  3. 53. Little Games - 1:03
  4. 54. Daughter of the Gold Rush - 5:58
  5. 55. Color Coat Drawing - 4:48
  6. 56. Learning to Burn - 2:32
  7. 57. Minute Before the Evil Street - 1:00
  8. 58. I'd Choose You - 4:55
  9. 59. You're Killin' Me - 2:40
  10. 60. Old Friend - 2:05
  11. 61. She Don't Shit (No Golden Bricks for Me) - 1:51
  12. 62. I Have a Hard Heart - 1:53
  13. 63. Shoddy Clothes - 4:08
  14. 64. Sordid Forst - 2:08
  15. 65. Shake It Out - 2:01
  16. 66. Cowboy Zoo - 2:45
  17. 67. Soul Barn - 3:16
  18. 68. Phase IV (Rise of the Ants) - 3:22
  19. 69. Piece - 1:09
  20. 70. Lonely Town - 3:46
  21. 71. Do Be - 1:02
  22. 72. Boston Spaceships - 3:44
  23. 73. Drugs & Eggs - 3:32
  24. 74. That Ain't No Good - 3:31
  25. 75. Immediate Frozen Lookalikes - 1:43

CD: 4

  1. 76. Madroom Assistance - 3:31
  2. 77. Man of Dimension - 2:21
  3. 78. Nerve Gas - 1:47
  4. 79. Do the Ball - 1:21
  5. 80. Issue Presents Itself - 3:52
  6. 81. Leprechun Catfish Fighter - 0:29
  7. 82. Child - 3:12
  8. 83. Invisible Exercise - 2:00
  9. 84. All Around the World - 2:39
  10. 85. Late Night Scamerica - 2:51
  11. 86. World of My Own - 3:50
  12. 87. She's the One - 1:56
  13. 88. Daddy's in the State Pen - 2:58
  14. 89. Cox Municipal Airport Song - 2:25
  15. 90. Scare Me No. 3 - 1:18
  16. 91. Grope - 3:33
  17. 92. Heavy Crown - 2:13
  18. 93. So Roll Me Over - 1:12
  19. 94. Home by Ten - 3:38
  20. 95. Come Make My Shadow - 2:39
  21. 96. Paper Girl - 2:46
  22. 97. Jimmy's Einstein Poster - 1:50
  23. 98. My Own Confection - 2:45
  24. 99. Groundwork - 3:59
  25. 100. Bye Bye Song - 3:47

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11/8/05 

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