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Pixies [CD]

Pixies Audio CD
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Beloved and enigmatic, influential and proudly difficult to categorize, the Pixies made a triumphant return in 2004 following an eleven-year hiatus. The celebrated band wowed both fans and critics at performances around the world and continued for seven years. For all those years, fans clamored for more and it remained uncertain as to whether or not the Pixies would ever record again. Until ... Read more in Amazon's Pixies Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000068QSD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Broken Face 1:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Build High 1:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rock a My Soul 1:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Down to the Well 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. I'm Amazed 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Here Comes Your Man 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Subbacultcha 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
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Truly, the anonymously eponymous title The Pixies immodestly disguises something worth trumpeting about. In March 1987, the now seminal but then unknown combo recorded some 18 demos at Fort Apache studios in Boston, Massachusetts under the watchful eye of producer Gary Smith, a local alternative-music obsessive who had previously been responsible for producing the first professional demos for Throwing Muses. These recordings formed what is commonly referred to in under-the-counter fan circles as "The Purple Tape", essentially a showcase recording circulated to interested parties in the music business, including 4AD label boss Ivo Watts who duly signed the band and released eight of the tape's tracks as the Pixies' official mini-album debut Come On Pilgrim.

This album, then, features the nine remaining and hitherto legally-unavailable songs (a tenth, "Watch What You're Doin'" remains unheard and safely tucked away under producer Gary Smith's proverbial mattress) and is notable not only for offering less abrasive renditions of songs which later wound up (literally so, given Steve Albini's edgier production touch ) on Surfer Rosa but also a studio cover version of "In Heaven" (originally from the film Eraserhead), an earlier, milder working of Doolittle's prime pop moment "Here Comes Your Man" and the previously unreleased gem "Rock a My Soul". It's often the case that early demos provide a snapshot of a band's creative genesis but here are the Pixies--Black Francis's jeepers-creepers vocals and the trademark surf-gone-trash-horror narratives of theophobia, familial perversion and grisly personal injury--in fully grown glory. They got it right from the start. --Kevin Maidment

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Pixies released "Pixies" in 2002 on Cooking Vinyl in the UK. This album features demo versions originally from the 1987 demo called "The Purple Tapes". It features original cuts of classic Pixies songs such as Nimrod's Son, Broken Face, Subbacultcha and many more. The album was recorded in 1987 at Fort Apache Studios by Gary Smith, with several of these tracks going on to form what would be the band's first EP, "Come On Pilgrim". <b>Tracklisting:</b> 1. Broken Face 2. Build High 3. Rock A My Soul 4. Down To The Well 5. Break My Body 6. I'm Amazed 7. Here Comes Your Man 8. Subbacultcha 9. In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...a bit short! 10 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
In 1986, Pixies entered studio to record their first official demos... Unless you are a very lucky guy it's almost impossible now to find what the diehard fans called the "Purple Tape".
Eight of these tracks were placed on Come on Pilgrim, the first Pixies' album. Since this time we have waited for the second part of the "Purple Tape" to be placed on CD. And now it's done at least! I bought this CD with my hands shaking and my heart beating very fast... And unfortunately the surprise was not so high as expected : even if the songs are a bit lo-fi, more dry than the definitive versions (what I really like), they are not so different at all. But maybe the biggest deception comes from the total length of the CD : a bit more than 18 minutes ! A good EP in other words! But of course these are only demo versions and the Pixies are not famous for the length of their songs (their longest track was "All Over The World" on Bossanova ; around 7 minutes). Anyway, maybe they should have give more than one unreleased track (I am sure they still own some!) to their fans...?
In a few words, a good collection of songs, but for fans only, who only may enjoy them regarding their definitive versions.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Pixies, a band that have heavyily influenced a great deal of musicians ('its hard to think where nirvana would have been without the pixies to draw influence from'.) have put together a continued documentry of they're first demos to songs which were released later on they're following 4 albums. recorded in march of 1987 at apache studios from which 7 songs (from this session) were put onto the c'mon pilgrim recording while these outtakes make up this 9 track cd. Dubbed by the pixies hard core fans as 'the purpe tape' recordings this album includes the orginal version of 'here comes your man' which later went on to become a hit single when it was recorded for the doolittle c.d and the only 'in heaven (lady in the radiator song)' studio version. This c.d comprises both later smash hits and portrays that even back then in 1987 the pixies had what it takes to take the world by storm!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I waited nearly 20 years to get this... 17 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I waited nearly 20 years to get this album... I am collector but was first made aware of the pixies back in 1989 during my school days. I bought the pixies albums in the following order...

Doolittle / Come On Pilgrim / Surfer Rosa (1989)
Bossanova (1990)
Trompe le Monde (1991)
Wave Of Mutilation: The Very Best Of... (2005/6)
Pixies At The BBC / Death To The Pixies / Complete B Sides (2011)

then this one... simply called Pixies (or as it's now known as "The Purple Tape") (2013) For some reason my friends had told me that this album wasn't very good and that if I was going to buy it then I should only buy it for completing my collection. I have to say I see what they're talking about. It's got a couple good songs on it but a lot of filler. It's only 18 minutes long (which is shocking) and then add that some of the songs appear on other albums/releases.

I waited nearly 20 years for this... good job I bought used and new for a fraction of normal price as I'd feel even more cheated than I do now. That aside I've managed to complete my pixies collection so all is good! 3 stars due to album length. I wanted maybe about 35 minutes at least. but it's the pixies after all they don't do long songs very often.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PIXIES! PIXIES! PIXIES! 17 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
How could it not be incredible, it is, as the title suggests, by the Pixies! The purple tape available here offers 9 songs from the original 18. Another 8 songs form the fantastic mini-album Come On Pilgrim, available with Surfer Rosa (an absolute bargain, both outstanding records). However the missing track is an intruiging, if infurating, aspect to the CD.
A great opener is Broken Face, an early version of the one on Surfer Rosa, which is absolutely great, as the vocals are strangely slower, making fantastic for any Pixies fan.
Build high is a great song with a light-hearted air to it, a joy to listen to. That is until 1 minute in and Black Francis (Frank Black) puts his oh so familiar screams in. The thing about this is that his screams can make anything the most disturbing song ever. Fantastic.
Rock A My Soul is a little more typically structured, with a fantastic bluesy riff. This does not stop it being a great song, a testament to the Pixies musical abilities.
Down to the Well is the first track where Kim Deals vocals create that brilliant mix with Black Francis's which makes the vocals on all Pixies songs masterful.
Following this is a brilliant version of Break My Body, much softer on face value than its Surfer Rosa equivalent, due to the very pronounced use of an acoustic guitar. This makes it a very interesting song for fans, softer, more relaxed than its equivalent.
I'm amazed follows this in its Purple tape version in a version which shows just how brilliantly realized the Surfer Rosa equivalent.
Here comes your man appears here as a much less surfer-style track, again with a very pronounced acoustic guitar. The other version is found on Doolittle, a great album, but I personally prefer this version.
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