Matador Records celebrates the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair‘s debut album Exile in Guyville with Girly-Sound To Guyville, an extensive limited edition seven-LP vinyl box set.
In the beginning (1991), the American singer-songwriter and guitarist recorded under the ‘Girly-Sound’ moniker and ultimately created three tapes of songs recorded on her own four-track recorder. Although these were never actually released, they did get passed around, copied and distributed thanks to word-of-mouth, and a small selection of the songs impressed Matador Records enough to sign the American singer-songwriter.
One of the big attractions of this box set are these early songs. It contains ‘official restored audio’ of all three self-recorded cassettes. This content spans the first five records in the vinyl box – two doubles and a single LP.
And as you would expect, the set also contains the Exile in Guyville album, remastered (by Emily Lazar). This is a double LP and takes the vinyl record count to seven.
Girly-Sound To Guyville also includes a book, which contains new notes, photos and essays by Liz Phair and journalist Ann Powers.