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Wave Of Mutilation: The Best Of The Pixies


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Bone Machine    
  2   Nimrod's Son    
  3   Holiday Song    
  4   Caribou    
  5   Broken Face    
  6   Gigantic    
  7   Vamos    
  8   Hey    
  9   Monkey Gone To Heaven    
  10   Debaser    
  11   Gouge Away    
  12   Wave Of Mutilation    
  13   Here Comes Your Man    
  14   Tame    
  15   Where Is My Mind?    
  16   Into The White    
  17   Velouria    
  18   Allison    
  19   Dig For Fire    
  20   U-Mass    
  21   Alec    
  22   Planet Of Sound    
  23   Winterlong    


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One of the most original and innovative rock groups of their era, the Pixies influence is still felt to this day. Never easily pigeonholed, the groups success came out of it rather eccentric line up. Singer/songwriter Black Francis possesses a distinctive voice that is frighteningly expressive, with lyrics to match. Joey Santiago is easily one of the best guitarists of his generation, a sonic explorer who also digs the Velvet Underground. Bassist Kim Deal delivers those dreamy vocals that she would later push to fore in the Breeders. Drummer David Lovering is the consumate stick man in any setting, whether the vibe be forceful or reflective. 'Come On Pilgrim', the groups debut, was released in 1987, and in reflection is perhaps the most off-centre rock record of that year, with three cuts included here of which "Holiday Song" is perhaps the best of them. 'Surfer Rosa' is their first masterpiece, recorded by Steve Albini, the sound is raw yet thrilling, a punk record that doesn't sound like punk - "Bone Machine" and "Where Is My Mind?" still sound essential to this day. 1989's "Doolittle" was proclaimed as the second best album ever by NME, and you'd be hard pressed to disagree - "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone To Heaven" may be among the bands most commercial output, yet they are matched alongside the nastiness of "Debaser" and "Gouge Away" - and while the songwriting is of the highest order, the band at this point are almost telepathic in their understanding of each other's in and outs. 'Bossanova' was not met with the same such plaudits as its predescessor, yet has gained the respect it deserved at the time, and "Velouria" and "Allison" are still among the groups very best. The Pixies final album, "Trompe Le Monde", showed signs of those eccentric personalities starting to grate on each other, yet it is in no way a bad record, and "Planet Of Sound" is another classic - its beautifully conceived pop melody still a joy to hear. That was it, the group split right when they looked like turning into a pop band, and while their albums still sell, its beguiling to imagine what could have happened had they stayed together for just a few more years. This compilation is thankfully put together by someone who loves the material - not only are we treated to singles but some of the best album tracks, making the whole thing interesting from start to finish. This is perfect starting place if you've never heard the Pixies, and anyone with an interest in modern rock music really must hear this band. Recommended. Pixies DVD also available.

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Artist: Pixies
Album: Wave Of Mutilation: The Best Of The Pixies
Cat #: CAD2406CD
Date: 17/05/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 2
Label: 4AD
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , On Sale , Pop , Rock
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