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  • Summary: This unusual set from the Pixies frontman includes a disc of demo solo recordings dating from 1987, and a second disc of new studio recordings of an assortment of Pixies songs by Black with collaborators such as Pere Ubu and Two Pale Boys.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. [On disc 2] he finds a dormant penchant for vocal nuance. [29 Oct 2004, p.68]
  2. Those who really love Frank Black and Black Francis' songs, as opposed to just their sound, will enjoy eavesdropping on him playing around with his work.
  3. 80
    For scholarly inclined fans, the 1987 demo is a fascinating document. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  4. Overall, what could have been yet another cash-cow milker actually turns out to be a curious and compelling piece of therapy for Frank Black as a writer and performer.
  5. It is fun to hear the songs re-imagined [on Disc 2], no doubt, but the first disc is sketches of invention with the seedlings of genius. [average of scores of 7 for Disc 1 and 5 for Disc 2; #8, p.108]
  6. The one thing the demo and the remix have in common is they both put Francis' voice in a more prominent position than on the Pixies albums, and that is certainly not a bad thing.
  7. If anything, [Disc 2] is the real rip-off, as unsuspecting buyers will be shellshocked by these FX-laden, space-ambient settings. [Dec 2004, p.135]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. MoneyB
    Apr 21, 2005
    Great Album! I don't get the low ratings. A must buy for true pixies fans. Only song that was not so great - planet of sound on disc 2.
  2. Jan 5, 2012
    A sure sign of the quality of these songs that they still sound good after Frank Black's revisiting here. On the remix disk, one would have thought any tampering with this material would have been ill advised, but while I'd take the originals every time, this take on things is enjoyable for old fans. It does take a good few listens to get into and I wasn't sure about this at all in the beginning but like it now. The demo disk is more of a rock music history document than anything else and again, for hardcore fans is a treat. Expand