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on 3 March 2015
I refuse to waste words on an album as good as this. Stop reading, start listening.
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on 17 May 2004
There is another universe in this collection. Genius inhabits it. Pseudo or what. This - and Death to the Pixies (incl live bonus CD!) are as good a place to start as any. The current high anxiety is not for nothing. Pre-rap music started here and be thankful. Listen to Tame and weep (Radiohead, Nirvana, Ash). A whole constellation of your top ranking music simply would never have existed. The Pixes are that good. A top pop song? - no prob - Waiting for Your Man. Finally listen to Monkey Gone to Heaven, the most fabulous 3 mins on this earth, possibly. Rock me Joe!
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on 12 May 2015
love it
got as a gift for brother who was over the moon with it
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on 23 July 2015
Had this when I was younger and needed it back in my life.
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on 6 May 2004
Compilations are always a cash-in, an ill advised attempt to cash in on a dead band's world reunion tour extravaganza because their current jobs don't cut the mustard, mortgage-wise. Well....not in this case.
It's fitting for a band that made so many wrong things seem right to make a worthwhile compilation. There's no high quality musicmanship to speak of, the singing isn't that great and the lyrics probably wouldn't stand up at an open-mic poetry night, but something about these songs is soooooooo good, you just can't resist them. Undoubtedly, this compilation will have much more essential if you're new to the band, like myself, than if you were there back in the day. I've never heard these songs before, with the exception of one (Monkey Gone to Heaven), but this album has been playing so much on my stereo, it will be a long time before I forget them.
Musically, it's high speed grunge (Broken Face), art rock noise (Alec Eiffel), pre Britpop anthems (Dig for Fire) and straight ahead, surf tinged pop (Here Comes Your Man). And if the music was a prelude to the heavy assualt of Nirvana, it's easy to see where Billy Corgan and Brian Molko borrowed their vocal tricks. But what truly seperates the Pixies from Kurt & Co. is the curious little quirks in the songs; having studied Spanish before the forming the group, Frank sees nothing wrong with dropping a little bit of Spanish into the intro of Vamos, and Planet of Sound rumbles along on a series of squelchy vocal effects and synths. Oh, that and the mysterious Kim Deal adding her own sense of feminine style to the power chords of Gigantic.
And of course, the compilation is in support of the obligitory world tour. But if the strength of these songs is anything to go by, it's a tour worth seeing.
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on 14 February 2013
Lots of music, some diversity in the tunes. Sound signature characteristic of the group and its era.
Sound quality quite good.
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on 19 October 2014
Great product and great price
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on 24 June 2015
A truly great album.
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on 10 December 2014
Brilliant thank you
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on 2 May 2016
Some great tracks
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