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Doolittle

PixiesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD / Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002H72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Debaser
2. Tame
3. Wave of Mutilation
4. I Bleed
5. Here Comes Your Man
6. Dead
7. Monkey Gone to Heaven
8. Mr. Grieves
9. Crackity Jones
10. La La Love You
11. No. 13 Baby
12. There Goes My Gun
13. Hey
14. Silver
15. Gouge Away

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Yeah, Kim Deal made a big splash of her own, and Frank Black is still holding his own. But as any Pixies fan will tell you, and as Doolittle suggests (like "ten million pounds of sludge" to the head), the Pixies rocked harder than the sum of their parts. They were masters of dynamics (check out "Monkey Gone to Heaven," or "Hey"), moving from quietly subdued to all-out head-banging and back before you could say "la la love you." Black Francis was one of the most unique vocal stylists of the '80s. His duets with bassist Deal, "I Bleed" and "Silver," work the way Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong worked together. And it's still staggering how much Joey Santiago, lead guitarist, could accomplish with one simple, single note. "Here Comes Your Man," by the way, is as straightforwardly poppy as the Pixies ever got, so enjoy it. --Dan Leone

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14,1x12,6x1,4cm. CD.

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost impossibly good album October 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If asked what my favorite cut from this album is, I am very nearly at a loss. This disc is simply relentless, with one astonishingly polished, robust, inventive, glorious cut after another. We like to talk about albums that have no filler, but this is one of the few that justifies that description. If there is a critcism that could be made of this album, it is that it is too consistently brilliant to digest properly. By the way, if forced to chose a favorite cut, I might go with "Gouge Away," but I wouldn't go too far out of the way to defend my choice, and I might feel differently on a different day.

Black Francis aka Frank Black aka Charles Thompson (his real name) is the heart and soul of the band, writing all the songs and taking most of the lead vocals, in the performance of which he often literally screams out the lyrics. The man comes across as taut, angry, and more than a little manic. Though his singing and songs make this the classic it is, the rest of the quartet carries their load as well. Kim Deal adds some wonderful back up vocals throughout, and provides solid bass, never being simply a pretty face. David Lovering lays down solid beats throughout the album, crucial in a project that depends so strongly on powerful rhythms. And Joey Santiago plays great guitar on every song, providing an energy and texture that perfectly compliments Black's great songs.

I have a couple of friend's who don't like this disc, and I am powerless to explain this. This is one of those albums that, when fully digested, becomes part of one's emotional and musical furniture, a disc that I go back to again and again and again. And it remains as vital and as fresh sounding today as it did when I first discovered it fifteen years ago.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The Pixies are one of the greatest bands ever, as innovative as Hendrix, the Beatles, and Dylan were in the '60s. Not only were they innovative and original, but so far ahead of their time that Rock is still catching up.
It's hard to write a review of a Pixies album without gushing over the band instead of the album, but there's more than enough praise for the band on this page, so I'll get right to the album. Doolittle is, quite simply, the Pixies best album. It is an absolute masterpiece. There is no filler whatsoever. It starts out with the incredibly catchy "Debaser", moves into "Tame", which moves so incredibly well between quiet whispers and screeching (but somehow melodic) vocals. And then there's "Wave of Mutilation", a wonderful bit of surf music reminiscent of the Beach Boys. And "I Bleed", a spectacular duet between the anguished voice of the lead singer, Frank Black, and the sickly-sweet crooning of Kim Deal, who went on to form the Breeders. Then there's the pop masterpiece, "Here Comes Your Man", the anxious "Dead", the powerful "Monkey Gone to Heaven", the disturbing "Mr. Grieves"... And that's only the first eight songs, out of fifteen incredible, unbelievable tracks. I could go on at great length about Doolittle, but it truly is indescribable. Borrow a copy from a friend if you're not sure, but somehow you must listen to this album. Once you do you'll never look at Rock & Roll the same way again.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONICALLY YOURS October 6, 2000
By EriKa
Format:Audio CD
If the late 1980s had some really contrived, horrendous garbage some people called music, there were certainly the alternatives who displayed scorching guitars, interesting and unexpected arrangements, clever lyrics, and great albums. One band who exemplified this alternative was the Pixies, disbanding in the early 90s creating their own side projects, but not before creating a few brilliant records, Doolittle being the most brilliant of them all. The vocals of Black Francis coupled with the softer and distinctive voice of Kim Deal was purely delightful, with some truly exceptional and memorable songs like "Debaser", "Wave of Mutilation", "Here Comes Your Man" (which is quite melodic!), "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and several other remarkable songs. This is a solid, superb album which any serious music lover must have. It is a little unconventional and might take some getting used to, but it is infinitely worth it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pixies- Doolittle on SACD November 13, 2009
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In these days of digital remastering of older releases- where the remastered sound often suffers over the top digital brick wall compression (the "loudness war"), its great to find a modern remaster sounding genuinely better & clearer than the original. The only other recent remasters I know of where this is true is of the new Beatles 2009 ones.
The difference is that this is alternative rock/ pop genre and also its one of the only bands where the increased sonic clarity and punch is thanks to the fantastic job the sound engineers have done from the original tapes and the SACD release format.
Its a shame no other alternative bands (other than NIN) have been blessed with this process... but here's hoping for Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, and Midnight Oil (not that these original CD releases sound bad).
The loudness war makes me sick to the point I almost have to take my laptop into my record store to see how overly compressed and ruined many modern releases are before I decide whether I'll hand over any money for them (no wonder CD sales are rapidly declining). However with alternative rock on SACD I know I'll always get the best possible sound hands down!
The Pixies were a great band, and Doolittle a brilliant album that still sounds fresh as ever. Turn it up on your SACD player and relive it as never before!
My only gripe is the packaging- a cardboard digipack type thingy with the disc in a miniture felt sleeve- I suppose some artist thought this would be classy but its a pain in the ass. Its also oddly oversize so it doesn't fit at all with my other CDs- I had to cut it down to fit in a standard Jewel case.
Looking forward to Surfa Rosa next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha Ha
Very nice album and long time Pixies fan but owning vinyl 180g remastered copy is beyond dreams. Sound is incredible and wicked
Published 1 month ago by Sasa Males
5.0 out of 5 stars debaser
it's Doolittle, it's the Pixies, it's great. play it loud and jon that monkey going to heaven. a classic one must own
Published 5 months ago by Yule Ooloo
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy returns.
After losing my original, I knew I had to get another. This is so good. I am happy again. :D
Published 5 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the albums of my youth...still unbelievable
After all these years it was refreshing to hear this album and be blown away by how unique and special it still is.
Published 7 months ago by D. J. OConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Pixies Rock
Pixies Rock. Need I say more? Boston's best band on the entire planet. Would burn things for them. Of course kill for them.
Published 8 months ago by nathan spidel
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEETNESSSS
SO GREAT, HOW COME YOU DONT OWN THIS ALREADY? BUY THIS RIGHT NOW AND PUT IT IN YOUR HONDA, dude
Published 10 months ago by JOEBOA
5.0 out of 5 stars the pixies!!!!!!
sending all of the pixies recordings to be re released on 180gm vinyl was a perfect idea. our old copies were cheaply pressed, worn out or just not available on vinyl. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rory
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time
I've respected the Pixies for several years, but never took the time to get into them. I would say this is a must-have for any music fan, and a good album to buy if you're looking... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wade White
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of pixis
This album seems really fantastic, captures the essence of the band and all that time.
Ideal to add happiness to life.
Published 12 months ago by Alexandra Tchernaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic -- and Still Beyond Anything Out There Today
With rumors out (for years now) that maybe there's a new album on the way, and with some of the incredible solo work Black Francis has put out (for example, BlueFinger and Seven... Read more
Published 13 months ago by DjC
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