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  • Audio CD (May 20 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, EP
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00008YJH1
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Caribou
2. Vamos
3. Isla de Encanta
4. Ed Is Dead
5. Holiday Song
6. Nimrod's Son
7. I've Been Tired
8. Levitate Me

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Come On Pilgrim (1987) - This eight-track mini-album was the Pixies’ gritty, violent, and chaotic first offering to the world. Come On Pilgrim features classic Pixies staples including ‘Nimrod’s Son’, ‘The Holiday Song’, and ‘Caribou’.

When they first hit the underground scene with this debut album, the Pixies were like an exotic drink that hid its sweetness behind a ferocious bite. The album's production is like a crude explosion: every strum and clang comes down with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. English and Spanish lyrics collide as singer Black Francis (later Frank Black) shouts in a hoarse monotone and Mrs. John Murphy (later Kim Deal of the Breeders) backs him up with throaty wails. Yet somehow the clash of these bruising titans makes for tracks that print indelibly upon your consciousness--once let in. Kurt Cobain is their most famous student. He grafted the Pixies' time-honoured craft of the big bang theory onto Nirvana's biggest hits. (You start with a quiet verse and then explode for catharsis in the chorus--evidenced best here with "I've Been Fired".) The Pixies themselves have served quietly, attaining post-punk godfather status not by tooting their own horns but through the praise of a steady stream of genuflecting admirers whose word of mouth continues to increase the band's deserved critical standing. --Rob O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This actually is the last Pixies album I bought (due to the fact that it's so freakin hard to find) but I finally got it and it was a perfect start for the ultimate alt rock group. I have to admit I have thier greatest hits, Death to the Pixies, so I had already heard most of these songs, but it was still amazing with a few very pleasant surprises. This has the original version of the classic 'Vamos'and I like them both just as much. It is so different from the Surfer Rosa version. I like to say that the version on this album was made while on weed, and the version on Surfer Rosa was made while on crack. I think that's pretty much a good explanation. The other great surprise was I've Been Tired, a great song that became one of my favorites. It's so funky and cool and it's one of the first songs I'll show people when introducing them to the Pixies (of course most of them have heard Where Is My Mind in Fight Club).
I know the CD is very short, but I can't help but feel like I've just listened to a whole normal sized album after hearing it. I guess it's that good and it is a great introduction to the Pixies. It is a little short, but it will keep the listener aching for more Pixies and this CD is a definite 5 star mini album. The best mini album you can buy, and all in all is true.
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By A Customer on May 8 2003
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As the very first EP of the influential indie 4 piece known as The Pixies, "Come On Pilgrim," is an amazingly developed set of songs. While it may come up a bit short when it comes to length, the CD is under half an hour long, Come On Pilgrim illustrates that even in the band's earliest stages, all of the beloved classic Pixies' trademarks were there. Frank Black roars in manic rage, occasionally joined by Kim Deal's sweet backing vocals, the guitars play confoundedly catchy anti-riffs, and the drums and bass churn along like a well oiled machine. It's these simple quirks and sensibilities that make The Pixies such an overall enjoyable band to listen to. Without doing anything overly fancy or pointedly abrasive, The Pixies are able to take sparse, catchy melodies and flesh them out into some of the most purely enchanting music created in the last century. The group's subtle brilliance began as an anomaly in the world of rock, one originally started by REM and later tagged Alt. rock by the critics, in that without posing an open confrontation to the status quo, Come On Pilgrim completely reinvents the idea of rock & roll as a style. The starting point for the Pixies flawless discography, Come On Pilgrim is where Frank Black and his companions quietly changed the realm of modern music overnight and it wasn't until 1992, the big break for alt. rock, that the rest of the world finally caught up.
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Nirvana was a great band, but damn, after hearing this baby you'll realize that The Pixies beat them to the punch by a few years. And they did it with a better sound, more creative music, more intriguing lyrics, and better discipline. Yes, even Frank Black's screaching screaming seems disciplined, if not in a terrifying way!
So, this EP does predate the whole "grunge/alternative" movement by a few years. I cant say much beyond "if you dont own it, go out and get it"...
This was the 4th Pixies disc i bought, it should have been the first. Very impressive stuff, i'd say it outshines most of their later work. For being their first release, not even full length and surely produced on a limited budget (you'd never know it by listening), it is quite and achievement.
'The Holiday Song' is ultracatchy yet still has the raw edge that makes you realize just how completely unoriginal most popular bands are today.
'Isle de encanta' is my other favorite. Intense and obtuse. But there isnt a single unworthy track on here... 20 minutes never sounded so good.
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What can be said about the Pixies except that they are the quintessential indie band. Energetic compositions, disturbing lyrics, thrash guitar, and powerful hooks make them one of the most captivating bands ever. If you're bying this CD, you're probably already obsessed, like the rest of us.
Come on Pilgrim is the Pixies not at their harshest, but certainly their rawest. Black Francis' croons and yelps alongside Joey Santiago's random guitar musings and David Lovering's furious snare-pounding make this CD, along with Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' most energetic. This album is the Pixies stripped down, without all the studio perfection that makes the other albums more commerically viable. The songs still shine like polished jewels, among the better ones: Ed is Dead, I've Been Tired, Nimrod's Son, and Vamos.
Many people say to start of with Doolittle, but I say to start here, and follow the Pixies through the entire musical journey. If Come on Pilgrim, piques your interest, and it will, then ride the Wave of Mutilation all the way to the end. Have fun.
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By A Customer on Oct. 28 1998
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It was over eleven years ago when I first heard these tracks somewhere in England. It is difficult to be objective about a collection that suddenly opened your eyes to the next decade of rock. This was so DIFFERENT then, and it still blows away most of the well-produced "punk" we hear today. The Pixies never claimed to be "punk," indeed, they prove to be something so completely unique. So I back away from my reverance, and I try to review this thing. The EP has a form to it, and is best listened to in one fell swoop. "Caribou" starts off with a heroic, stunted groove that eventually explodes into Black Francis' screams to "Repent! Repent!" Then "Vamos" creeps in with a quick step and offsets genteel, preppy life with searing guitar noise from Joey Santiago. Everything flows along quite deliberately, almost as if designed as an album itself. Then "Holiday" hits you with a hard pop gem with a subject matter paralleling The Who's "Pictures of Lily," except with a incestual twist. In retrospect, I guess it really doesn't matter what order the songs are in...this simply captures The Pixies at their freshest (there is a shrillness in Black Francis' young voice that you can't hear anywhere else). The frightening thing about this is that, while roughly produced and largely accomplished on consumer-par audio gear, there is nothing awkward or stilted about these tracks. On "Come On Pilgrim" The Pixies sound like they knew what they were doing from the get-go.
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