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Doolittle [CD]

Pixies Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000026YFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you want to plot a classic rise and fall pattern in the career of a band, look no further than the Pixies. This middle album, third of five, is the pinnacle of their noise equation: taut, terrifying and tightly edited, these 15 tracks (best known: "Monkey Gone To Heaven"; best quality, the insane "Debaser"; or the predatory "Hey") have the confidence that was missing from Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, but without the bloated pomp of Bossanova or Trompe Le Monde. Black Francis, as Charles Thompson IV was known then, surfs fast with his and Joey Santiago's guitars, tempered by the groundswell of Kim Deal's fine bass and counter vocals. It is like the last stand of US indie-dom: intelligent music encased in its precious, intricate and trademark Vaughn Oliver sleeve. Charlie Porter

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If anything is likely to make you feel old, it's the grim realisation that some of your favourite ever records are over 20 years old. Take, for example, Pixies' Doolittle. Originally released in April 1989, it came in a year which had already given us New Order's Technique, Lou Reed's New York and was about to unleash astonishing debuts from both The Stone Roses and Soul II Soul alongside The Cure's last fully good album, Disintegration. A vintage year indeed.

Now 20 years on, Doolittle's power and influence has barely been beaten. It was this album that inspired Kurt Cobain's vision for Nirvana, created the quiet/loud dynamic that Mogwai owe a career to, had everyone from Bowie to Radiohead, Blur to PJ Harvey awestruck and when they reformed - one of the first to do so in the last few years before it got silly - it was Doolittle that many middle-aged indiepeople were wanting to hear and howl and scream along to.

It's not hard to see why. After building themselves a nice reputation on the back of their 'proper' debut, Surfer Rosa, it was Doolittle that took them from being fawned over in Melody Maker into the actual charts to become one of 4AD's biggest successes of that time. With the key singles Monkey Gone To Heaven and Here Comes Your Man, Black Francis had distilled death, horror, whores, biblical imagery and undersea myths into a succession of short sharp chunks of immense catchiness. The unearthly howls of Debaser and Dead; the calm dead-eyed destroyer of Wave Of Mutilation; the warped southern soul of Hey; the controlled abandon and angles that Joey Santiago coaxed from his guitar throughout. Even drummer David Lovering got a song with La La Love You. And that's not to mention that the very presence of Kim Deal - a year away from inventing The Breeders - on this album consolidated her position as one of the coolest women on Earth.

There is little flab or room for negotiation with Doolittle, its 15 tracks could be released now and still wipe the floor of many of late noughties efforts. It's as perfect today as it was back then. Genuinely amazing. --Ian Wade

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The holy grail of alternative rock 31 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums ever made, one of those rare albums where every track is killer, one of those rare albums where you think how the hell can an artist record perfection like this. I cannot recommend this enough. This isn't just a 5 star album it is musical genius. Fact. If you want to buy a Pixies album, this is the one. If you want to buy an alternative rock album this is the one. Infact, if you are a serious fan of music then this should already be in your collection. The likes of Nirvana's Nevermind and other so called masterpieces of this genre cannot hold a candle to Pixies Dolittle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time 31 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
It beats me why Doolittle, an album of such ferocious intensity and top-quality songwriting is always forgotten in those ubiquitous "Top 100 Album" lists run by any number of websites. Quite frankly it is the greatest alt-rock album ever created, crammed full of powerful rock songs and gentler melodies. Black Francis's voice - primal and terrifying on songs such as "Tame" and gentle and welcoming on "Wave Of Mutilation" - duels with Joey Santiago's angular guitar lines to great effect, creating a totally unique sound. Pixies are one of those bands who have no discernable influences. They sound like nothing else you will have heard, but for this review's sake I'll try to make some comparisons. The quiet/loud dynamic they pioneered really makes itself known here, turning "Gouge Away" from a quiet, sinister whisper into a massively loud roar of anger and making "Tame" one of the most unsettling songs yet recorded.
Any die-hard Pixies fan will already have this in their collection, but for anyone looking to get into this amazing band, "Doolittle" is a great place to start. It has the combination of poppy melody ("La La Love You", "Here Comes Your Man"), indie guitar anthems ("Debaser", "Wave Of Mutilation") and freaky scream-alongs ("Tame", "Crackity Jones") that will ease you gently into the world of the Pixies without scaring you off. You might not like some songs at first but give it time and within a couple of months you'll be utterly addicted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs this. 4 Aug 2007
By Furby
Format:Audio CD
This is the best put together Pixies album, whether it is best over all is arguable. It is less raw then Surfer Rosa, but more confident with well produced songs like Monkey Gone to Heaven (not the best). It also the last album that had the same dark quality. The lyrics are nonsensical (as they should be). The best tracks are Hey (the best Pixies song from any album?), Dead (a psychotic romp) and Silver (plain weird, yet hypnotic with slide guitar). Monkey Goes to Heaven, while a good song, is not worthy of it's popularity next to some of the classics on this album. Also, I don't particularly like La La Love you or Here Comes Your Man. It ends with Gouge Away, a brilliant song.

This is an album way before it's time, still unique today. I'd buy the Pixies albums in order, but if you have to pick just one, get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Man is 5 Then So Is This Album... 9 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
It is nice these days to see Pixies getting the wider recognition for the impact they had in bringing underground rock to the mainstream, but the most important point about the band is that their music still sounds absolutely brilliant.

`Doolittle' is Pixies best regarded and most famous album and rightly so. Fifteen tracks of thrilling surf-pop-punk fly by in just under 40 minutes, delivered in the band's unique style. Black Francis's vocals range from yelps, gibbers, cackles, croons and downright screams as he delivers his gleefully manic schlock-horror lyrics; Joey Santiago's dazzling lead guitar whines, snarls and crackles with energy; Kim Deal's tight bass is high in the mix and her laconic backing vocals also provide the perfect foil to Francis's mentalism and David Lovering's ferociously tight drumming drives everything on at an incredible pace.

It is not an exaggeration to say that all the tracks are great, but personal highlights are the howling blast of `Tame' which steps into the glorious `Wave of Mutilation' in a heartbeat; also "Here Comes Your Man's' twangy pop; the demented eco-fable `Monkey Gone to Heaven' and the stunning opening and closing tracks `Debaser and `Gouge Away'.

The famous quiet/loud dynamic that Nirvana cheerfully confessed to trying to replicate with `Teen Spirit' pervades the whole record and gives it its power and energy, but ultimately a pop heart (albeit a mental one) beats strong in the wonderful `Doolittle', surly one of the best rock albums of the last 20 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most influential rock album of the eighties? 22 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
Ten years on and its hard too believe this album is as fresh and as powerful as it was the first time I heard it. From Black Francis hysterical vocals on Debaser through to the bass driven Gouge away, the album simply never falters.Here comes your man and Monkey gone to heaven wander towards the mainstream without losing the albums plot, but the overall feel of the album is still one of awesome originality. It says a lot that some advertising exec somewhere looking for a suitably manic track to push an "out of the ordinary" Vodka promo on the telly, didn't look to the modern crop of Rock mediocrities, but instead picked "Tame", a track penned some ten years ago by a band who for the brief period in the eighties and nineties set some pretty incredible, and still, unparalleled standards. Death to the Pixies indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pixies Classic
Doolitte is a classic, what can you say about it that's not already been said, the only problem I have with this album is over familiarity from playing it to death back in my... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paul Galbally
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the rest
If you love the Pixies you will love this LP.
Published 8 days ago by Nanny-me-123
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every track is fantastic, what an epic album
Published 11 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars If God is 7, then Pixies are 8 !
CD bought when released in the old days of May 1989. Definitely in the all time Top 5.
Published 17 days ago by François
5.0 out of 5 stars This is perhaps one of the most influential rock and ...
This is perhaps one of the most influential rock and pop collection. For it influenced the likes of Nirvana and The Killers.
Published 22 days ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommend , very original
Published 25 days ago by mark slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Debaser
Mr Grieves, Debaser, La La Love You, just classics, but my all time favourite Here Comes Your Man, just fantastic.
Published 1 month ago by Katina Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, where have I been
I was 18 when this album came out but have only just discovered it although I knew the track Monkey gone to heaven. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite album of the era found again
It's a classic album, and was good to find again. It's been in the car for days now, being often replayed.
Published 11 months ago by Steve Rathgay
5.0 out of 5 stars THEN GOD IS SEVEN!
Possibly the best album of the 80s. If you don't own this, not only are you missing out, but you can't honestly say you're a fan of great music.
Published 11 months ago by Mars
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