GBV embraces vinyl, which is probably one of the most annoying things about the band, for someone like me living in a city in Canada which has maybe one store which actually sells the stuff. I own exactly two vinyl records, of which I do not have the record player to listen to them on: Robert Pollard's Love is Strong Than Witchcraft, and GBV"s Bee Thousand - The Director's Cut. Since I can't actually play them, I have never heard the live version of Dolphin's Of Color which is sitting on the desk next to me. Luckily, Scat Records was cool enough to include the extra tracks of the Bee Thousand album on a CD so I could actually hear them. This particular single/EP was a vinyl only release so I will likely never own it. Of course, all the songs were released a year later on Selective Service, so I can still post an entry...
When writing my entry for Tonics And Twisted Chasers, I wrote "...the nostalgic and beautiful Dayton Ohio - 19 Something And 5. There is a live version of this track on Selective Service which I find myself playing more often, yet this one sounds more depressing which I think is partly the point...". I still mostly agree with this statement, where this live version skims away some of the gloom from the studio version, and ends up more upbeat. Also, the term "live" is surprising, because this version sounds just a good as a studio take. It is not too often a single comes out four years or so after the original, but this version of Dayton, Ohio - 19 Something And 5 is an excellent update/cleanup of the original.
Travels is what I would consider a bad GBV song. Not unlistenable mind you, just not very good, and not special in any way. It is just Pollard and his guitar with some short lyrics at the very beginning followed by repetitive guitar. Songs like this serve well on a longer album as they just sit around in the background, often bridging two incredible tunes. However, on an EP, it is far easier to pick off these songs because they are out there on the tip of your attention. On the same front, No Welcome Wagons blends right in with Travels, and pretty much sounds like the same song. The third track in this batch (all Pollard alone with his guitar), Selective Service, manages to stand out from the other two just by being different (and including some Velvet Underground-ish random static).
This is near the bottom of GBV related releases, though when included on the GBV/Airport 5 split Selective Service, is strengthened by the better Airport 5 tunes. And of course, as with even the worst of GBV's offerings, there is at least the one gem. That gem in this case is the title track, Dayton, Ohio - 19 Something And 5
Tracklisting (Songs in bold make my ultimate GBV/Pollard playlist/box set):
01 Dayton, Ohio - 19 Something And 5 (Live)
03 No Welcome Wagons
04 Selective Service