Complete B-Sides - The Pixies
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  • Summary: The CD contains 19 Pixies B-sides (sequenced chronologically) as well as music videos for "Here Comes Your Man" and "Allison."
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  1. It goes without saying that the Pixies' b-sides don't make for an average, run-of-the-mill outtakes compilation, as many of the songs are almost or equally as radiant as the more fortunate tracks that made it to the five classics between 1987 and 1991.
  2. The fact that "Complete B-Sides" rocks from start to finish speaks volumes about the Pixies' bizarre creative genius, and their focus on output rather than sales.
  3. Even though this compilation doesn’t rival any of the Pixies’ classic studio albums, it is still essential listening.
  4. Many of their B-sides are just as good as their album tracks, so it's terrific to see them collected onto a single disc. But a number of factors make it somewhat disappointing, not the least of which is that Complete B-Sides is available only as a U.K. import, due to U.S. licensing problems.
  5. Fortunately, the depth of great songs written by Francis results in something that feels more like a proper album of still-dynamic psycho-rock than a shoddy cash-in.
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  1. JohnP.
    May 14, 2001
    10
    A must have. The version of river euphrates makes it worth the price of admission.
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. I love Pixies. Expand
  3. AdamT
    Apr 24, 2003
    10
    Spot on, diggity good, just plain brilliant. Could have been better? Not bloody likely.
  4. JeremyG
    Jan 4, 2004
    10
    What makes an album laughably *good*? How about when the drummer's twisted ode to Debbie Gibson is better than most modern rock bands' A-material? A perfect addition to the Pixies' studio albums, like an exotic dessert after a five-star meal. Both Neil Young covers are brilliant. Expand
  5. May 25, 2011
    10
    Pixies Have to be one of my favorite bands out there, and there complete B-sides was terrific! Manta Ray, and into the white are my favorite songs from this masterpiece, pick it up today. Expand
  6. Beercan
    Sep 17, 2004
    8
    B-Side collections, let's face it, usually suck knob. But the Pixies are no ordinary band, and thus they transform this into no ordinary leftovers collection. The majority of the songs are excellet, but what's really impressive about Complete B-Sides is that it actually almost coheres as a real album - the finest compliment you could ever pay a compilation. A couple of weak mis-steps (including the two bonus music videos, which are both - be honest, people - awful) spoil the total package, but that's to be expected. Still worth every penny. Vol. 2 soon?? Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    7
    As B-sides albums go, this is fabulous. As Pixies releases go, its pretty decent while obviously not measuring up to the material preferred for inclusion on their albums. At 19 tracks, the release does what it says on the tin in terms of completeness. The highlights include versions of songs included on albums, e.g the blistering version of "River Euphrates", the instrumental version of "Letter to Memphis", the surf version of "Wave of Mutilation" as well as "The Thing" which can be found at the end of the Bossanova track "The Happening". Other highlights include "Manta Ray", the classic Pixies B-side "Into the White" and "Evil Hearted You". A release well worth having for big fans of the band, casual fans will probably have enough in the albums. Expand

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