Guided By Voices – Ogre’s Trumpet

Y’all know I love me some Guided By Voices. Now, I don’t review my whole collection here because, well, it’d probably take up most of these pages (in all the guises and projects, they are very, very prolific) and you guys probably honestly don’t care to hear about every single release.

However, the band has dropped yet another new album on March 23, called Space Gun. I’m still awaiting my copy in the mail (should arrive this week), however I have this other bit of amazingness to tide me over until it arrives…

Ogre’s Trumpet is a live album recorded at House Of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As with many GBV releases, this one is released in limited numbers globally. There are 1000 double-LPs sets, and 1000 CD copies and that’s it that’s all, folks. When I saw it was being released, I immediately gave Rockathon my hard-earned and it arrived last week. No way in hell was I going to miss out!

11 of its 25 tracks are pulled from the last two records, August By Cake and How Do You Spell Heaven, and they all sound fantastic. GBV have so many classic tracks and the rest of the record is filled up with a pile of those. Oh, and there’s even a cover of the Monkees’ Saturday’s Child. Of course, it all kicks total ass.

The sound quality is actually really great, and the band plows through song after song proving that they are still a killer live act with every right to every stage they grace.

GBV! GBV! GBV!

Check Out The Track List:

Pearl Gates Smoke Machine
Paper Cutz
Love Is Stronger Than Witchcraft
5” On The Inside
King 007
Motor Away
Cheap Buttons
Cut Out Witch
I Am A Tree
Sudden Fiction
Your Name Is Wild
The Ticket Who Rallied
Steppenwolf Mausoleum
I Am A Scientist
Gold Star For Robot Boy
Tenth Century
Lord Of Overstock
It’s Food
The Birthday Democrats
Tractor Rape Chain
Game Of Pricks
Saturday’s Child
Goldheart Mountintop Queen Directory
Glad Girls
How Do You Spell Heaven

GBV fans rejoice! Our heroes are still kicking ass and taking names!

18 thoughts on “Guided By Voices – Ogre’s Trumpet

    1. uncleb13 says:

      Though GBV has always been Robert Pollard and rotating cast…Retire? A few times. Reunite? Once, in 2010, with the “classic” line-up, only to bust that up again in 2014.

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        If I could time travel, I would go back and see the ‘classic’ line up the first time around, or on their second go-round too, for that matter. They did come to Toronto (my closest likely city for them to hit up) but it just never worked out. Alas.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Haha it’s funny because it’s true. And because I myself am on that slippery slope, heedless of the dangers because I love the band so much! Honestly, though, you could probably dip your toes with about 10 core albums as an appetizer. I’d be happy to help you get started… join us… 😉

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  1. uncleb13 says:

    Love seeing GBV turn up here! And a comment from LeBrain! I just took a look at my digital audio player (the way I listen to all my music these days that is most definitely not a phone), and I have 36 GBV albums on it), that doesn’t include the myriad of side projects, solo albums, and GBV members off-shoot albums. I have dutifully tried to keep up on most of the core stuff, but over the years have suffered a bit of “Bob Pollard Burn-Out”, but enjoy still listening a buying on regular basis, still!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray for other GBV fans and collectors! 36 albums is great, and you’re right, that would be most of the core stuff depending on titles. Myself, I have a problem. My iTunes says I have 84 releases under the GBV name alone… again not counting the myriad side projects and one-offs. I have a whole shelf just for their stuff, and it needs it! I understand the Bob Burn Out thing, been there myself. But I still buy new releases as they drop!

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  2. J. says:

    Excellent! Glad you got a copy of that Ogre’s Trumpet. I always tend to panic a bit when I learn something has been released in limited numbers (I often miss them – sad face when I missed Earth’s The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull reissue a few years back).

    And Space Gun is a great name for an album!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yes! I’m thrilled to get my copy, for sure. Surely there are copies of that Earth release floating around out there? Haha GBV always has great album/song titles. Space Gun is pretty evocative!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah! Hooray for new GBV already here, and MORE on the way this week! Wooot!

      I’m sure there are a few out there who have close to if not everything. It has to take up a whole room on its own, though. With all the limited 7″s and all the LP-only stuff, let alone all the CDs besides… I’d love to see it, if someone had it all. Like, just stand in the room with it all and breathe it all in…

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