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Pixies at the BBC Live, Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (December 15, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00000B9DL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wild Honey Pie
2. There Goes My Gun
3. Dead
4. Subbacultcha
5. Manta Ray
6. Is She Weird
7. Ana
8. Down To The Well
9. Wave Of Mutilation
10. Letter To Memphis
11. Levitate Me
12. Caribou
13. Monkey Gone To Heaven
14. Hey
15. Lady In The Radiator Song

Editorial Reviews

Originally released in 1998, this collection documents the Pixies at their most surreal, scary, dissonant, and powerful. Recorded live-on-the-air between 1988 and 1991, this disc is a powerful glimpse into the Pixies' live experience. Includes a cover of the Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" and "(In Heaven) Lady In The Radiator" from "Eraserhead".

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Perfect selection of some great songs by one of my favorite bands.
Shaun
A combination of the elements from each and/or all of band member's talents glossed every song.
Adam W. Mico
This is a definate must have for true die hards, especially for newer fans like myself.
Evan McClanahan (emcclana@centenary.edu)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RockerDad on August 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is listed here as a 'live' album. This should be clarified for potential buyers: this is not the 'live' album you are hoping/looking for. This is a collection of songs by the Pixies recorded at BBC Studios in the UK over the course of several years. Yes, the tracks appear to have been recorded live (most likely in one take), but otherwise any resemblance to a live album ends there. And besides, nowhere on the cd does ever use the actual word 'Live'. With that clarified, let's move on.

While some Pixies fans balk at this album, I actually find it to be pretty essential-easily up there with their collection of B-Sides, and in my opinion, up there with Bossanova (their weakest album). Pixies at the BBC offers a view of the band that cuts to the bone: no studio gimmicks, up front vocals, solid mixing of the rhythm section, and an incredible spread of songs from every album (minus Surfer Rosa), plus 2 outstanding covers (of The Beatles and David Lynch, no less-Pixies were the masters at choosing the best cover material ever).

Many songs here are somewhat stripped down (possibly causing much of the fuss with hardcore Pixies fans) here. 'Is She Weird' for example dispenses with any lead guitar, providing the song with even more immediacy. 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' seems more primal performed without the string section. 'Manta Ray', always a personal favorite of mine (an outtake from Doolittle), shines so pristine here, it's too bad they didn't squeeze it onto Doolittle. And 'There Goes My Gun' tears out of the speakers like a rocket-seeming more like a companion song to 'River Euphrates' and 'Something Against You' from Surfer Rosa than anything off Doolittle. It's actually quite interesting to see how the band's sound was shaped in the studio to a large degree.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD grimacing, I needed to own (In Heaven)and Wild Honey Pie because they are such brilliant renditions, but i had to shell out 15 bucks for it. I was surprised it was worth it, hearing new versions of all these songs was very refreshing. Punked up versions of There Goes My Gun and Dead along side the laid back spine tingling version of Monkey Gone to Heaven (I love how he screams God is 7 in this version). I think the version of Caribou is better just because his scream is more intense during "REPENT." It contains the "early" version of Down to the Well and of course, the UK Surf of Mutilation. Overall, not all these versions are better, but they all are certainly interesting. My only pet peeve is that there are 6 or 7 other BBC versions of songs NOT included on this disc (Tame, Motorway to Roswell, ext). That really annoys me....i don't want to dig up a copy of Rough Diamonds for 50 bucks to get those extra songs, why couldn't they just inlude them in this??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Silver on March 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
All credit to the mighty Pixies - they never did anything expected. Instead of releasing a "Greatest Hits Live" package, they've treated their devoted following to a selection of songs from the John Peel (seminal British DJ) BBC sessions. Yes, there is no 'Debaser', no 'Here Comes Your Man', no 'Where is my Mind?', but don't let the track listing put you off. The live interpretations of some of the album tracks are astonishing; 'There Goes My Gun' is transformed from one of "Doolittle"'s most undistinguished songs into a rollicking punkabilly bounce, whilst the opposite goes for 'Wave of Mutilation', with the gentle surf-guitars and Frank Black's caressing vocals contrasting with the "Doolittle" pop-punk version. Also interesting is the half-finished version of 'Dead', which I believe has a lot more punch than the album version, and the two curious covers (a deranged 'Wild Honey Pie' and the terrifying 'In Heaven' from "Eraserhead"... I defy anyone not to be startled by the ending of the latter). True, some tracks are almost identical to album versions, but when they're as strong as 'Letter to Memphis' and 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' you don't seem to care. But the highlight of this great set must be the phenomenal 'Levitate Me', where the bass heavy production and forceful backing vocals turn the (still excellent) 'Come on Pilgrim' closer into something towering, beautiful and epic. Worth the price of the CD alone? Probably not, but there's 14 other great tracks, so nothing to lose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. Orlob on February 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I neglected getting this disk for quite some time. I figured I already had the original recordings of every song on here... When I finally got it, I was blown away. There are superb versions of many of the Pixies' classic songs. The haunting renditions of 'Caribou' and 'Is She Weird' are among my favorites. 'Wave of Mutilation' and 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' surpass the album versions. I'd like to have seen 'Gigantic' and 'Here Comes Your Man' on here, but now I'm quibbling... Very highly reccommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam W. Mico on April 4, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Back in 1999, I went into a large record store. In an attempt to find Bjork's original band (The Sugarcubes), I mistakenly picked up The Pixies. Somehow, I associated Bjork with a pixie. Oops, my mistake. When I went home, I tossed in Pixies At The BBC.

Thinking to myself: "Hey, where's Bjork? I do not hear anything that sounds like "Vitamin" or "Hit," huh? Oh, but I like this...really. It kind of reminds me of early Nirvana and I dig the lead singer's sonance."

The next day, I listened again. As a direct result of my subconscious, this CD leapt onto my top shelf.

The Pixies were Black Francis (lead vocals), Kim Deal (background vocals and bass), Joey Santiago (lead guitar) and David Lovering (drums). Pixies At The BBC balanced insanity-riddled chants, harmony, an unorthodox structure and dark balladry. Moods shifted from insane, slaphappy, bittersweet, intense and desperate.

Schizophrenia highlighted the tones of Black Francis' delivery and lyrical contributions. His primal personality was reflected with the dementia that poured from his vocal chords in the demonized cover of the Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" and "Is She Weird's" progressive deliriousness. Teetering within his periphery were the tones of cryptic melancholy ("Wave of Mutilation"), teenage giddiness ("Down to the Well" and "Hey" respectively) and many others. Although Black Francis' multiple temperaments frequently contributed, "they" were not the only notable contributors to the Pixies' oeuvre.

A combination of the elements from each and/or all of band member's talents glossed every song.
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