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Come on Pilgrim [EP, Original recording reissued]

Pixies Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Original recording reissued
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00008YJH1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Vamos (pilgrim) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Isla De Encanta 1:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ed Is Dead 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Holiday Song 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nimrod's Son 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I've Been Tired 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Levitate Me 2:370.99  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pixies first album changes indie rock. 16 Dec 1999
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Format:Audio CD
There's little doubting the importance of The Pixies in shaping independant rock in the early nineties. Into the musical void between the punk of Husker Due et al and the shoe-gazing of indie introverts stepped Black Francis and his colleagues. Come On Pilgrim made anyone hearing it for the first time gasp. It was a new sound - screaming and melodious, forward looking and also nostalgic. Capable, at a turn, of changing from ear-wrenching power to strange, acoustic tones ('Vamos') or straightforward punk and roll ('Nimrod's Son'), the album set the standard for all non-mainstream bands. The Pixies shone briefly but very brightly in their short time together and Come on Pilgrim set out their stall. The mixture that made up the Pixies catalogue really shouldn't work - surf city, horror films, latino imagery, science fiction, pulp fiction - but the fact that it not only works but fits together so perfectly is the reason why the Pixies were so highly regarded. Throughout the album, Santiago's guitar whines alongside Frances' vocal imagery while Kim Deal backs-up with pure, simple melody and a swinging, bouncing bass. How did they write this stuff? Not for the faint-hearted in moral sensibilities ('La Isla de Encanta') or for those looking for Sunday tea-time tunes, Come On Pilgrim will change your list of favourite albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Pixies album 24 Feb 2014
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This album is my favourite album made by the pixies, each song sounds unique, with often weird or dark themes. But the quality of the song writing never drops throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars their best album? 30 Oct 2013
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in my opinion probably the best pixies album. raw, gritty and lyrically virtuos, plus it sounds like they are playing in your living room
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring band and album 19 Aug 2003
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This album is fantastic!I am a big Nirvana fan and found out about the Pixies through them. I was told they were good so I went out and bought "C'mon Pilgrim" hoping that I'd like it. By the first listen I was captured by its raw excellence and kept on listening to it. Eagerly, I wanted to buy more albums of the Pixies and soon this band became one of my favorites. The best song would have to be 'Caribou', it's difficult to capture the true talent of this band in words. Each song is different and insatiable. If you like rock music a lot, I definately suggest buying this album and giving them a try. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The EP That Started It All 14 July 2001
By Paul H. - Published on Amazon.com
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A strange band from Mass. records a demo, eight songs from the demo are released as the Come On Pilgrim EP, and rock is changed forever. Uncomprimising, harsh, and brilliant, Come On Pilgrim is early Pixies at its best. The EP never feels to short, and not one song is filler. Featured here is the original version of "Vamos," which is better than the version on Surfer Rosa in my opinion, the haunting "Caribou," and the Pixies' classic "The Holiday Song." The Pixies' mix of pop sensibilities with harsh, loud guitars and very odd lyrics still sounds fresh and innovative to this day. Every Pixies fan needs this.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to be objective 28 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was over eleven years ago when I first heard these tracks somewhere in England. It is difficult to be objective about a collection that suddenly opened your eyes to the next decade of rock. This was so DIFFERENT then, and it still blows away most of the well-produced "punk" we hear today. The Pixies never claimed to be "punk," indeed, they prove to be something so completely unique. So I back away from my reverance, and I try to review this thing. The EP has a form to it, and is best listened to in one fell swoop. "Caribou" starts off with a heroic, stunted groove that eventually explodes into Black Francis' screams to "Repent! Repent!" Then "Vamos" creeps in with a quick step and offsets genteel, preppy life with searing guitar noise from Joey Santiago. Everything flows along quite deliberately, almost as if designed as an album itself. Then "Holiday" hits you with a hard pop gem with a subject matter paralleling The Who's "Pictures of Lily," except with a incestual twist. In retrospect, I guess it really doesn't matter what order the songs are in...this simply captures The Pixies at their freshest (there is a shrillness in Black Francis' young voice that you can't hear anywhere else). The frightening thing about this is that, while roughly produced and largely accomplished on consumer-par audio gear, there is nothing awkward or stilted about these tracks. On "Come On Pilgrim" The Pixies sound like they knew what they were doing from the get-go.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered? 24 Aug 2003
By David Ash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD. The Pixies were a watershed band and this EP lays the blueprint for everything they were to do later. But a word of warning for those expecting improved sound on this reissue: to my ears, this 2003 re-release sounds exactly the same as the previous version. Either the previous master was used, or it might as well have been. Buy whatever version is cheapest, but don't purchase this again if you already own it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Pet Sounds" of it's day... 15 July 2001
By Michael R. Lachance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nirvana was a great band, but damn, after hearing this baby you'll realize that The Pixies beat them to the punch by a few years. And they did it with a better sound, more creative music, more intriguing lyrics, and better discipline. Yes, even Frank Black's screaching screaming seems disciplined, if not in a terrifying way!
So, this EP does predate the whole "grunge/alternative" movement by a few years. I cant say much beyond "if you dont own it, go out and get it"...
This was the 4th Pixies disc i bought, it should have been the first. Very impressive stuff, i'd say it outshines most of their later work. For being their first release, not even full length and surely produced on a limited budget (you'd never know it by listening), it is quite and achievement.
'The Holiday Song' is ultracatchy yet still has the raw edge that makes you realize just how completely unoriginal most popular bands are today.
'Isle de encanta' is my other favorite. Intense and obtuse. But there isnt a single unworthy track on here... 20 minutes never sounded so good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early, raw, unfiltered genius. 18 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The only complaint I can possibly make about this album is that it is too short. 8 songs? Why did they have to tempt us so? This is the first major release by the pixies, and it gives us the opportunity to hear the pixies much as they sounded live; raw, a little sloppy, but also ingenious with their wordplay, song structures and guitar riffs. It lacks the sheen of their later albums produced by Gil Norton, but the empty spaces in their sound allows us to focus on the songwriting. This album will grab you, though you may wish to start with the more acsessable Doolittle if you haven't heard them before.
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