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Galaxie 500
Galaxie 500
Galaxie 500
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #3

Documenting a band that helped define the sound and attitude of late-'80s and early-'90s independent guitar rock, this box is essential for old fans and new converts alike. Dean Wareham, Damon Krokowski, and Naomi Yang wer...  more »

      
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All Artists: Galaxie 500
Title: Galaxie 500
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 9/24/1996
Album Type: Box set, Enhanced, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPCs: 014431035524, 766482795529

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Documenting a band that helped define the sound and attitude of late-'80s and early-'90s independent guitar rock, this box is essential for old fans and new converts alike. Dean Wareham, Damon Krokowski, and Naomi Yang were part of a Northeastern music scene that distilled the Velvet Underground, Television, and Joy Division into its own brand of post-art-school rock. Galaxie 500 took the Velvets as their blueprint for shimmery, glazed pop with a warmth and depth that set them apart from many of their louder, angrier contemporaries. The band's three records; a fourth disc of covers, outtakes, and rarities; and a gorgeous 48-page booklet are included, along with multimedia tracks of four of the band's videos. --Donovan Finn

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CD Reviews

Jesus!
08/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How often is is that you can own the entire recorded output of one of the most important bands you will ever listen to? (well, everything excluding the live disc "Copenhagen") G-500 is beautiful and unsettling, simultaneously. This music will affect you mind, your soul, the course of your life. Listen."
Unique sound
10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dismissing Galaxie 500 as "another Velvet Underground knockoff" is like calling Joy Division "another Doors knockoff". Sure, there are obvious similarities. But Galaxie 500 created their own sound: a sound to match a lethargic teenager and his romantic yearnings. "Tugboat" is the ultimate anthem for a shy, withdrawn young man suffering from a case of unrequited love. Played quietly, it's a perfect lullaby. At loud volumes, it sounds almost frantic, with the final guitar solo screaming over the violent drums and chiming two-chord riff. One amazing thing about Galaxie 500 is, if you like their sound, you will probably enjoy every song they recorded. While ON FIRE and TODAY provide instant gratification, THIS IS OUR MUSIC will probably require multiple listens before it provides comparable enjoyment. The UNCOLLECTED disc will exceed most expectations, making the box set a 'must' for fans of the band's released recordings. A word of warning: this music makes lethargy seem appealing and inviting."
This band did it right
10/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cranked out 3 albums and were done with it. And, apparently, made the music they wanted to make. Signature tunes are soaring and sad at the same time. So many good songs on these discs-- Blue Thunder, When Will You Come Home, Plastic Bird, Tugboat, 4th of July, Oblivious-- shoot, everything they did is good, good. Saw a car commercial the other day, the music playing in the background was "Instrumental" from _Today_."