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Album: Girly-Sound to Guyville *
# Song Title   Time
1)    6'1"
2)    Help Me Mary
3)    Glory
4)    Dance of the Seven Veils
5)    Never Said
6)    Soap Star Joe
7)    Explain It to Me
8)    Canary
9)    Mesmerizing
1)    Fuck and Run
2)    Girls! Girls! Girls!
3)    Divorce Song
4)    Shatter
5)    Flower
6)    Johnny Sunshine
7)    Gunshy
8)    Stratford-On-Guy
9)    Strange Loop
1)    White Babies [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Shane [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    6 Dick Pimp [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Divorce Song [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Go West [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Don't Holdyrbreath [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Johnny Sunshine [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Miss Lucy [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Elvis Song [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Dead Shark [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    One Less Thing [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Money [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    In Love w/Yself [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Hello Sailor [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Wild-Thing [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Fuck and Run [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Easy Target [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Soap Star Joe [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    Ant in Alaska [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Polyester Bride [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Thrax [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Miss Mary Mack [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Clean [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Love Song [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Valentine [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    Gigolo [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Flower [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Batmobile [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Slave [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Open Season [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Whip Smart [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Suckerfish [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    California [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    South Dakota [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Bomb [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Easy [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Chopsticks [Girly-Sound Version]
 

Album: Girly-Sound to Guyville *
# Song Title   Time
1)    6'1"
2)    Help Me Mary
3)    Glory
4)    Dance of the Seven Veils
5)    Never Said
6)    Soap Star Joe
7)    Explain It to Me
8)    Canary
9)    Mesmerizing
1)    Fuck and Run
2)    Girls! Girls! Girls!
3)    Divorce Song
4)    Shatter
5)    Flower
6)    Johnny Sunshine
7)    Gunshy
8)    Stratford-On-Guy
9)    Strange Loop
1)    White Babies [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Shane [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    6 Dick Pimp [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Divorce Song [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Go West [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Don't Holdyrbreath [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Johnny Sunshine [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Miss Lucy [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Elvis Song [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Dead Shark [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    One Less Thing [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Money [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    In Love w/Yself [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Hello Sailor [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Wild-Thing [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Fuck and Run [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Easy Target [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Soap Star Joe [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    Ant in Alaska [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Polyester Bride [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Thrax [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Miss Mary Mack [Girly-Sound Version]
8)    Clean [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Love Song [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Valentine [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    Gigolo [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    Flower [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Batmobile [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Slave [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Open Season [Girly-Sound Version]
1)    Whip Smart [Girly-Sound Version]
2)    Suckerfish [Girly-Sound Version]
3)    California [Girly-Sound Version]
4)    South Dakota [Girly-Sound Version]
5)    Bomb [Girly-Sound Version]
6)    Easy [Girly-Sound Version]
7)    Chopsticks [Girly-Sound Version]
 
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  • Girly-Sound -- the name of a series of three cassettes Liz Phair released after graduating from Oberlin in 1990 -- is essential to Phair's legacy, the music that led her to her 1993 breakthrough, Exile in Guyville. Despite its centrality, the songs were doled out slowly, either re-recorded for Exile or its sequels, Whip-Smart and Whitechocolatespaceegg, or appearing as B-sides or bonus tracks as late as the 15th Anniversary reissue of her debut in 2008. All of this makes Girly-Sound to Guyville -- ostensibly the deluxe 25th Anniversary reissue of Exile in Guyville -- such a noteworthy release. Available in a variety of packages, including CDs and LPs, Girly-Sound to Guyville presents remastered versions of Exile and the three Girly-Sound tapes: Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word to Ya Muthuh, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Sooty. Many of these tracks (but not all) have been bootlegged, and they've certainly never sounded as good as they do here. Although the remastering is noteworthy, it's not as noteworthy as the tapes themselves. When heard as a piece, Girly-Sound feels simultaneously alien and familiar, evoking the pre-Nirvana indie rock landscape of the early '90s when it was possible to hide away at home and indulge in an art project such as this. What's striking about the Girly-Sound tapes is how affectless they are: Phair certainly is cracking wise and playing with pop culture (it's striking how many songs here rework familiar melodies), but there is no sense of performance, no sense she's intending these songs for an audience larger than herself. Consequently, the Girly-Sound tapes almost carry a sense of outsider art, if it weren't for Phair's astonishing songcraft and deliberate artiness, elements that keep this lo-fi music compelling decades later. Much of the spooky sparseness of Girly-Sound was stripped away on Exile in Guyville, which in this context feels big, bold, and colorful -- not the beginning of something, but rather the culmination of fearless bedroom exploration. When paired, it's impossible to deny that both Exile and Girly-Sound retain their artful power: What's amazing about this reissue is, it points out how distinct those two projects are. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The woman Phair presents on GUYVILLE is one with nothing to lose. She's exhausted by the sexism that surrounds and mutes her..."

Uncut - "What's remarkable about this new boxset is its emphasis on the build-up to her debut rather than its aftermath, portraying her as a very deliberate artist striving to raise her voice in a scene that often drowned out women."

Paste (magazine) - "It's an immersive snapshot of the Liz Phair that created one of the great musical works of 1990s..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "Liz Phair's indelible, essential debut album has been reissued with three crucial bedroom tapes that further define the innovative and unselfconscious songwriting from early in her career."
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