This long-heralded compilation gathers together the 19 hard-to-find gems that were scattered across the B-sides from their six original UK singles (plus one from the US). The CD booklet comes with track-by-track sleeve notes written by Frank Black. There are two videos: 'Here Comes Your Man' & 'Allison'.
It is always an indicator of a band that were truly influential--a posthumous collection of retrospectives and compilations that approaches the size of the catalogue they recorded while still functioning. The release of Complete 'B' Sides
puts the unfeasibly fabulous Pixies only a live album away from being as prolific since their split as they were before it. Complete 'B' Sides
is, naturally, 10 times the record most bands come up with when they put all their biggest hits on one record. Not only is everything that made Pixies great here in plentiful amounts--Joey Santiago's demented guitar wig-outs, Black Francis's malevolent falsetto, the uniquely propulsive rhythm section of Kim Deal and David Lovering--but it contains some of their best work, notably live favourites "Vamos" and "River Euphrates" and the alternate, Surfaris-inspired take on "Wave Of Mutilation". --Andrew Mueller