Pixies at the BBC

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between 1988 and 1991, the Pixies performed six sessions at the BBC, playing on a variety of programs. For years, these sessions were hot bootleg items, especially since their first session for John Peel on May 3, 1988 featured two otherwise unreleased covers -- the Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" and "In Heaven Lady in the Radiator Song," from Eraserhead. It took Elektra/4AD until 1998 to release the six sessions, and when the 15-track Pixies at the BBC did appear, it was a mixed blessing. Certainly, the music itself is pretty terrific -- none of the versions are radically different although "Wave of Mutilation" is performed in its "UK Surf Arrangement" from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between 1988 and 1991, the Pixies performed six sessions at the BBC, playing on a variety of programs. For years, these sessions were hot bootleg items, especially since their first session for John Peel on May 3, 1988 featured two otherwise unreleased covers -- the Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" and "In Heaven Lady in the Radiator Song," from Eraserhead. It took Elektra/4AD until 1998 to release the six sessions, and when the 15-track Pixies at the BBC did appear, it was a mixed blessing. Certainly, the music itself is pretty terrific -- none of the versions are radically different although "Wave of Mutilation" is performed in its "UK Surf Arrangement" from the "Here Comes Your Man" single, not the Doolittle version, but each cut is raw and vital, and recasting "Wild Honey Pie" as pure primal dementia was brilliant. What is suspect is the presentation. Instead of keeping each session intact, the compilers have assembled individual tracks in seemingly random order so the disc bounces from 1989 to 1991 to 1988 to 1990. For an archival release, such tactics are infuriating -- the sessions make more sense in chronological order, as most bootleggers know. Still, not every hardcore fan can track bootlegs down, nor is he willing to shell out the cash, which makes Pixies at the BBC a welcome and overdue addition to the official Pixies catalog. Be aware, though, that the full-price disc clocks in at about 35 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637801323
  • Catalog Number: 78013
  • Sales rank: 46,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild Honey Pie (1:51)
  2. 2 There Goes My Gun (1:24)
  3. 3 Dead (1:29)
  4. 4 Subbacultcha (2:08)
  5. 5 Manta Ray (2:14)
  6. 6 Is She Weird (2:52)
  7. 7 Ana (2:14)
  8. 8 Down to the Well (2:31)
  9. 9 Wave of Mutilation (2:22)
  10. 10 Letter to Memphis (2:33)
  11. 11 Levitate Me (2:18)
  12. 12 Caribou (3:18)
  13. 13 Monkey Gone to Heaven (2:57)
  14. 14 Hey (3:17)
  15. 15 In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song) (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pixies Primary Artist
Kim Deal Bass Guitar, Vocals
Black Francis Guitar, Vocals
Joey Santiago Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Roberts Engineer
Kim Deal Contributor
Black Francis Contributor
Dale Buffin Griffin Producer
David Lovering Contributor
Mike Robinson Producer
Joey Santiago Contributor
Miti Producer
James Birtwistle Engineer
Vaughan Oliver Art Direction
Mike Walter Engineer
Tim Vary Art Direction
Chris Staley Mastering
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