I Am A Scientist may be the most famous song in the entire Guided By Voices catalog. I am of the belief that the song deserves that particular credit. The version on Bee Thousand is a lo-fi masterpiece, and an anthem for the entire genre. The reason why you must have this EP is that the version on this disc is a heavier and higher quality version. I would love to hear what people believe to be the best version of I Am A Scientist; the lo-fi and low key Bee Thousand version, or this heavy version which GBV plays live often. Oh, and by the way, Do The Earth rocks hard also...
Curse of the Black Ass Buffalo is the type of acoustic number Robert Pollard can whip up a million times over, and there will be something slightly distinct each time. Though not specifically great in any way, it would be a good fit between two longer and heavier tracks.
As I stated earlier, Do The Earth is a brilliant rocker. How this song didn't make the cut for an actual album release is beyond me, since it rocks hard for almost three minutes. Planet's Own Brand includes the line "Under the bushes, under the stars", so right there it is an important part of the GBV catalog. It is another straight forward rock n' roll track.
This four track EP simply rocks. Buy it now and enjoy the six or so minutes of rock n' roll it contains. You are getting a completely re-worked version of I Am A Scientist, a Guided By Voices hidden treasure in Do The Earth, and a song that contains lyrics pertaining to a future album title. It should be cheap too, so you don't have an excuse for not owning it.
Tracklisting (songs in bold make the ultimate GBV playlist/box set):
01 I Am A Scientist (heavy version)
02 Curse of the Black Ass Buffalo
03 Do the Earth
04 Planet's Own Brand
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