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Complete 'B' Sides [Enhanced]

Pixies Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000056Q1P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. River Euphrates
2. Vamos (Live)
3. In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song) (Live)
4. Manta Ray
5. Weird At My School
6. Dancing The Mantra Ray
7. Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
8. Into The White
9. Bailey's Walk
10. Make Believe
11. I've Been Waiting For You
12. The Thing
13. Velvety Instrumental Version
14. Winterlong
15. Santo
16. Theme From Narc
17. Build High
18. Evil Hearted You
19. Letter To Memphis (Instrumental)
20. Here Comes You Man (Enhanced CD Video)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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It is always an indicator of a band that were truly influential--a posthumous collection of retrospectives and compilations that approaches the size of the catalogue they recorded while still functioning. The release of Complete 'B' Sides puts the unfeasibly fabulous Pixies only a live album away from being as prolific since their split as they were before it. Complete 'B' Sides is, naturally, 10 times the record most bands come up with when they put all their biggest hits on one record. Not only is everything that made Pixies great here in plentiful amounts--Joey Santiago's demented guitar wig-outs, Black Francis's malevolent falsetto, the uniquely propulsive rhythm section of Kim Deal and David Lovering--but it contains some of their best work, notably live favourites "Vamos" and "River Euphrates" and the alternate, Surfaris-inspired take on "Wave Of Mutilation". --Andrew Mueller

Product Description

THE PIXIES Complete B Sides (2001 UK 4AD 19-track enhanced CD album includes Vamos [Live] In Heaven [Live] and Letter To Memphis [Instrumental] plus videos for Here Comes Your Man and Allison picture sleeve GAD2103CD)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 20 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
though this is a b-sides compilation, every song here is miles ahead of pixies' legions of imitators. even the ones that frank black doesn't rate (manta ray) are fantastic. dancing the manta ray and baileys walk are two of their most powerful moments, and the neil young covers are both excellent too. also worth checking out for the wilder version of river euphrates and the incredible slow version of wave of mutilation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great b sides 16 Mar 2006
By "m18v"
Format:Audio CD
I think you can tell a lot about a band from their b sides, their chance to stretch out and experiment. This b sides collection just proves again what a great band the Pixies were.
It's a great collection and stands up to comparison with their albums. It has some pretty strange demented songs (Dance the mantra ray, In Heaven) but few do demented better than Frank Black. Into the White is also a great song, should have been on one of the albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius... sheer genius 10 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're remotely into rock music of the early 90's then you'll love this. There's something on here for everyone: The subtelty of 'Wave of Mutilation' ... the energy of 'Build High' ... the classic rhythms of 'Winterlong'. It also definitely rewards repeat listening - something I've been unable to avoid :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly for fans 13 Oct 2011
By Koala
Format:Audio CD
As great a band as the Pixies were/are, the experience of listening to a proper Pixies album is where it's at for me, and this collection of random B-sides and live tracks isn't coherent enough for it to stand alongside their proper albums which have such a strong identity of their own. If you're a massive Pixies fan (and why wouldn't you be?) looking for any rare little gems you can pick up on, then of course you should dig into this and see what you can find. Personally, I really like Make Believe, and I love the closing track, the instrumental Letter to Memphis. I think it's killer. However, I couldn't advise much better than borrowing this album or listening to it online and cherry-picking the tracks that you want to add to your Pixies collection, because there are bound to be some here that you could do without (for the completists, I'm not sure why you're even reading my review - just click the "add to basket" button!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!! 15 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Well, I recently discovered the Pixies and I wish i had found out about them sooner, they have influenced a thousand bands and quite frankly rock HARD. ;] Its great that they have included two videos, especially one to the unforgettable "Here Comes Your Man". No matter how heavy or soft you like your music, you WILL love the Pixies. 'nuff said ;]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 6 Nov 2012
By Beau
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loads of Pixies songs ive never heard but love and 2 or 3 different versions of songs i loved previously so everyone a winner. Dispatched quick and came fast
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue!! 23 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now & then a band comes along who produce a plethora of good tracks.
The Pixies are one of those groups(I can only think of the WonderStuff & Wildhearts as others).
They end up on 12" EPs,you faithfully buy those singles on vinyl & some bright spark dispenses with a means of playing them!!
Thankfully,the Pixies have saved me a lot of bother by putting those odd essential songs together on one release(The 'Stuffies old record label cheekily sneaked the odd few B sides on the end of albums,meaning you'd need to re-buy their albums for 4 extra songs:Charming!)
Tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 & 9 were regulars on my old turntable & it's superb to hear 'em again after all these years.
If you own either Doolittle & Surfa Rosa/Come On Pilgrim,you NEED this one to compliment them....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Treat for Pixies Fans 1 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day the release of a new Pixies 12" was always an event, because beyond the obvious appeal of the lead track you got two or three highly entertaining B-sides. Those EPs are out of print now, but here are all of the extra tracks on one great CD.

This CD is everything a B-sides compilation should be. There are crazy live tracks; half-formed ideas; superb misfits; alternative versions of album tracks; throwaway instrumentals and cover versions.

If you are reading this review you probably already know what the band sounds like, but what you need to know is this CD is brilliant and needs to be in your collection if you are a fan of the band. For example, `Into the White' and `Manta Ray' are as good as anything on `Doolittle', whilst the nasty version of `River Euphrates' which opens this disc is superior to its counterpart on `Surfer Rosa'. `Make Believe', sung by drummer David Lovering in tribute to 1980s teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson, will make you smile, as will the mentalism of `Bailey's Walk' and `Santos'. Did I also mention that the two Neil Young covers are thoughtful and beautifully played?

Another thing that is great about `B-sides' is that in under 50 minutes you get a complete cross-section of Pixies' sound from the spiky surf-punk of their early material, through the more expansive and polished sound of `Doolittle' and `Bossanova' to the brash metal of `Trompe le Monde'. The whole package is completed by Black Francis's sleeve notes about each song. A five start treat for Pixies fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Treat for Pixies Fans
Back in the day the release of a new Pixies 12" was always an event, because beyond the obvious appeal of the lead track you got two or three highly entertaining B-sides. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2008 by D. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Treat for Pixies Fans
Back in the day the release of a new Pixies 12" was always an event, because beyond the obvious appeal of the lead track you got two or three highly entertaining B-sides. Read more
Published on 29 July 2008 by D. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Treat for Pixies Fans
Back in the day the release of a new Pixies 12" was always an event, because beyond the obvious appeal of the lead track you got two or three highly entertaining B-sides. Read more
Published on 29 July 2008 by D. Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars B-sides: B-eautiful
An interesting and surprising collection of B-sides that's better than most band's actual albums. Stand-out track's include an alternate version of wave of mutilation, a cover of... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a B sides album!
I can't agree with most other reviews and give this a 5/5. There are some good tracks but then there are some bad ones! Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2003 by "ben_23"
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Lets get this straight: I think the Pixies were brill. BUT the B-Sides album is a bit rubbish.
Half the tracks seem to be alternate versions of the stuff already on albums and... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2003 by "_mikey_c"
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