This album stands out from their later works because it doesn't contain the same superfluous excess. It has a sonic clarity and purity of vision which is absent from subsequent sessions. It is more ethereal and flows the best of their albums. Lazer Guided Melodies is constructed as the ultimate classic vinyl listening experience--4 color-coded cross-faded suites with soaring space rock guitars, fuzzy Vox organ & serene Farfisa, free jazz horn section, and classical string quartet. It remains the band's masterpiece, a record of rock hypnosis unlike any other. It is an audiophile's dream and perhaps the best produced album of all time.
this record blew my mind when i 1st heard that i shelved it. and then i prompted sold it. afterwards, my ear developed, matured. and now i laugh at my childhood mistake. a solid, yet quietly revolutionary lp. i now listen to it often.
i just bought the version with the tracks split (12 tracks as listed here), and i think i prefer it this way. I love this album so much, and now i have it on CD, finally. I also bought "Songs in A & E" and "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" today!!
The four track CD's produce interesting artist names on itunes also...the first three albums are definitely my favourites. A recent interview with Jason Pierce in the Observer Music Monthly completely overlooks this and Pure Phase, which was a bit disappointing to say the least...