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Features 9 never before released Pixie's recordings. First unreleased Studio recordings in 10 years. Includes 'Here Comes Your Man', 'Broken Face' as well as the never before released song 'Rock A My Soul'. 2002.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SpinART
  • ASIN: B000068TZY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Hilgart on August 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the fourth release designed to supplement the Pixies' original five albums. "Death to the Pixies" (2 cds), while otherwise an album-derived sampler, includes the single version of "Gigantic" and a 21 song live disc. "Pixies at the BBC" provides 15 studio unique recordings of album, single, b-side, and otherwise unrecorded songs. "The Complete B-Sides" is just that -- 21 recordings (2 of them live) that appeared on singles but not on albums.
To be honest, a hefty slice of the three supplementary studio albums consists of versions of album songs that are nearly identical in approach/arrangement to those familiar versions and therefore are rarely a big revelation. However, every one of these supplements has a great deal to offer the devoted Pixies fan. The most important one is no doubt the b-sides collection, as it offers lots of songs you won't hear elsewhere in any form.
The next one to buy is this one. If, like me, you think the band was at its best in the 87-89 period (the first three albums), you will particularly enjoy this set of outtakes from "Come On Pilgrim," which is tight, smart, fractured original recipe Pixies. I assert, without qualification, that if half a dozen of these recordings had been used to expand "COP" to full-length album size, it would have been an even finer release. (I'm baffled by the choice to release a mini-album given the quality of the outtakes.)
Three songs ("Broken Face," "Break My Body," "I'm Amazed") fall into the better-left-for-later category, and they were. The countrified "Build High" is more interesting/superior to the later b-side version. "Down to the Well" easily trumps the much later album version, and I also find this early "Subbacultcha" superior.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Pixies have now released almost as many records post break up as they have when they were together, with each subsequent release catering more and more to the die-hard Pixies fan. The Purple Tape, as this record will surely be referred to as, is definately a fun bonus to any Pixies fan.
To start, the sound quality is much better than I had expected, as I had anticipated a fuzzy demo sound, but these tracks are mastered quite nicely. Secondly, each track, with exception to Rock a My Soul, had been released later (for those who don't know, the Purple Tape are the tracks recorded for but not included on Come On Pilgrim) and it is great fun on how much a track evolved over the years, particularly with Here Comes Your Man and Subbacultcha. In my opinion, the song that sounds best on this album as opposed to its official release is Build High, which is much cleaner than its B-side version.
To those unfamiliar with the Pixies, however, should not get this record. Start with Come On Pilgrim or Doolittle instead, as those albums best illustrate what the Pixies are capable of. (Don't get Death to the Pixies either,, because whoever picked the "greatest hits" for disc one left off way too many of their best material.)
If you consider yourself a big Pixies fan, on the other hand, I would highly recommend purchasing this record.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nathan M DeHoff on September 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
How a song developed into its current form is often an interesting study. By showing earlier versions of several Pixies songs, this album lets us do just that. Here, you can hear a version of "Subbacultcha" that includes a line later adapted for use in "Distance Equals Rate Times Time," a primitive "Here Comes Your Man," and no-frills takes on "Broken Face" and "I'm Amazed." There's also "Rock A My Soul," a great unreleased song that bears some resemblance to "Levitate Me." I'd say the problem here is the short length. It's only about 20 minutes long, yet for some reason it is being billed as an album, rather than an EP, which means it could be seen as a little pricy for the small amount you get. Overall, I would say this is worth it for Pixies fans who have some interest in how songs sounded prior to the polished album versions. It is not, however, a good introduction to the band. Listen to the albums first, then, if you like them, you can get this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. F Merritt on July 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'd heard of the Pixies legendary "Purple Tape" years ago, but outside of the songs that ended up on "Come On Pilgrim", I had no idea what remained unreleased off of it. So this new CD is a welcome addition to my Pixies collection. Almost all of the songs on this CD have been rerecorded and released at various stages in the Pixies' recording career; still, it great to hear the originals, most of which compare favorably to the final studio releases. "Rock A My Soul", the only 'new' song in the collection, is like a cool drink of water to a thirsty man! It's simple, sharp, full of the distinctive Black Francis howling vocals, and so obviously a "Pixies song" that I'm stunned the band never released it.
I was lucky enough to see the Pixies live in 1992, just prior to their breakup. Still, I miss this band, and the superb music they made (well, "Trompe Le Monde" dragged a bit, but I digress . . .). They and other bands like them, ones that were ready and willing to go out on the edge and push the envelope a bit, made the late 80s and early 90s sort of a golden age for alternative music. This CD is a reminder of how good that time was, and how great the Pixies were, are, and continue to be.
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