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Pixies at the BBC (1998) - Originally released in 1998, this collection documents the Pixies at their most surreal, scary, dissonant and powerful. Recorded live-on-the-air between 1988 and 1991, this disc is a wonderful complement to any of the Pixies catalogue albums.
Released shortly after the Pixies' legacy had been reappraised with the Death To The Pixies boxset, Pixies At The BBC offers a number of alternative takes and a few rarities culled from radio sessions between 1988 and 1991. Most interesting are the rarities: a potent cover version of The Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" is brief, but bruising, and a take on "In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)" drawn from the score to David Lynch's horrific dystopia Eraserhead gives Black Francis a chance to howl like seldom before. Other than these, there's few superior takes of songs, but there's a lovely acoustic reading of "Wave Of Mutilation", and the obligatory Great Lost B-side in "Manta Ray". Get the albums first, though. --Louis Pattison