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Airport 5

After going their separate ways following the restructuring of Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout continued to produce music at their usual, frenetically prolific pace. Pollard kept up his inhuman recording and touring schedule, and Sprout relocated to Michigan, releasing numerous solo albums, painting, and opening an art gallery. The two remained friends even after their band's vitriolic meltdown, and rumors of a reunion project persisted, perpetuated by legions of GBV fans ravenous for new material. In August of 2001, the fans' prayers were answered in the form of Airport 5, the first project Pollard and Sprout had worked on in tandem since 1996. The songs for the Airport 5 project were recorded long-distance; Sprout, playing all the instruments himself, composed and recorded the music in Northport, MI. He sent the tapes to Pollard, who in turn wrote the lyrics, and then recorded the vocals in Dayton, OH, with engineer and pseudonymous GBV collaborator Johnny Strange (aka John Shough) at his famed Cro-Magnon studios. Before the album proper hit the racks, two 7" singles, each in pressings of 1,000 and coupled with outtakes from the LP sessions, were simultaneously released. The fans reacted per expectation -- the entire editions of both singles sold out within days. The duo's full-length, Tower in the Fountain of Sparks, was released in late August of the same year. ~ Bryan Carroll
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Track List: Crickets: Best Of The Fading Captain Series

Disc 1

2. Total Exposure

3. Death Of The Party

5. Break Some Concentration

6. Beaten By The Target

7. Built To Improve

8. Flings Of The Waistcoat Crowd

9. Never Forget Where You Get Them

10. Stifled Man Casino

12. White Gloves Come Off

13. Time Machines

14. Alone, Stinking, And Unafraid

16. Dolphins Of Color

17. Fairly Blacking Out

18. The Naked Wall

20. It Is Divine

22. However Young They Are

23. Look At Your Life

24. Harrison Adams

25. All Men Are Freezing

Disc 2

1. Zoom (It Happens All Over The World)

3. Correcto

5. First Spill Is Free

10. Remain Lodging (At Airport 5)

11. Island Of Lost Lucys

12. Feathering Clueless (The Exotic Freebird)

14. The Vault Of Moons

16. Children Come On

17. (No) Hell For Humor

18. Society Dome

20. Her Noise

23. Town Of Mirrors

24. Powerblessings

25. Island Crimes

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Check out Guided By Voices, Boston Spaceships, Circus Devils, Acid Ranch and many many other projects by Robert Pollard if you like this.
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pollard? is that you?
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rmicca
Its great to hear power chord rock again! Who are these guys and what's up with them?

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