Pixies at the BBC Live, Original recording reissued
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Awesome session. Really enjoy "there goes my gun". My wife is 5 years younger than me so is not really into grunge/alternative music. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Dr. Knowitall
Perfect selection of some great songs by one of my favorite bands. Sounds so good on giant speakers cranked up.Published on February 18, 2014 by OWL
this is a great album to all your pixies collection because it has a unique sound to all the other songs. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by C. Johnson
If you gonna listen to white guys and gals bitchin & moaning this is disc is it. 'Black Francis' wails like no other and I never tire of several cuts: wild honey pie, there goes my... Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by crosshill
The reason I bought this cd was that I had issues with the sound quality on albums like "Surfer Rosa"-sort of muddy, and lacking immediacy. Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by dfle3
This was actually the first Pixies album I got (ca. 1998, better late than never) and it's still one of my favorite albums by anybody. Read morePublished on October 24, 2007 by E. Bain
I am a huge Pixies fan and after purchasing their 5 studio albums I decided to give this live cd a try. I was sorely disappointed at how incredibly short all the songs are. Read morePublished on July 5, 2005 by riffmasterjoe