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Surfer Rosa [Original recording remastered]

Pixies Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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6. River Euphrates
7. Where Is My Mind?
8. Cactus
9. Tony's Theme
10. Oh My Golly
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12. Vamos
13. I'm Amazed
14. Brick Is Red

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Before the Breeders and Frank Black, there was this Boston quartet, playing hardcore's rush and terseness against the acoustic grit and the minor-key flourish of Latin pop. Their first full-length album is their starkest, harsh and trebly, with the drums right in your face, and songs edited to eliminate any note that's not absolutely necessary. Singer Black Francis yelping away about destroyed bodies and the river Euphrates, alternately acting cryptic and crazed. Kim Deal, then calling herself "Mrs. John Murphy," contributes the highlight, "Gigantic," a creepy anthem about childhood voyeurism. The playing is snarly and tricky but unfailingly tuneful, and the hooks come out of nowhere, hiding behind the noise, and bite down hard. --Douglas Wolk

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Surfer Rosa (1988) - Their first full-length LP was voted album of the year by Melody Maker and Sounds in the UK, and unleashed their signature “lazy evil” on an unsuspecting public. ‘Gigantic’ may be one of the most recognized rock anthems ever, heralding the end of music as we knew it. ‘Bone Machine’, ‘Broken Face’, ‘Vamos’, and ‘Where Is My Mind’ round out this must-have for any music lover’s collection.

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By Lauren
Format:Audio CD
How can I put into words how great this is? "Surfer Rosa" is one of the best CD's I have ever heard. I am a huge Nirvana fan, and when I first heard this CD, even I had to admit to myself that this band, the Pixies, laid the basic blueprint for Nirvana. When you actually take the time to listen to the Pixies, if you know anything about music at all, you realize that without them, the whole Seattle sound phenomenon may never have happened.
This is just an amazing album. Messy, explosive, dirty, raw, brilliant -- those are just a few ways to describe it. Every track is great in its own way, but some standouts are "Bone Machine," "Where Is My Mind?", and the Kim Deal-penned "Gigantic," one of the best expressions of female sexuality I've ever heard. All of the instruments are excellent, particularly the drumming, and Black Francis' (Frank Black's) vocals are perfect. Some say the underproduction of Steve Albini is pretentious and unnecessary, but it's not -- it just means you have to listen a little harder, and that's a great thing.
I first heard this CD the day before yesterday, and I've listened to it six times since then -- that's how undeniably great it is. Do yourself a huge favor, and run out right away to buy this. If you like the kind of music that led you to be checking out Pixies albums on amazon, you'll love this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
I believe this to be the best of the Pixies' albums, with Doolittle at a very close second. It may be true that they wrote better songs down the road, but with Steve Albini's grinding production and the fire down somewhere in Black Francis' lungs and Joey Santiago's right hand, this is the most bone-crunching, throat-tearing, purely PHYSICAL album the Pixies ever made (and certainly one of the most intense albums rock music ever produced).
Every thumping, screaming, thrashing moment conjures images of bodies - usually bodies coming apart ("Break my body", "Broken face", "Bone machine"). But even what passes for romantic/love songs on the album are obsessed with physical detail, such as when Black Francis insists his lover prove her long-distance existence with physical evidence ("bloody your hands on the cactus tree/wipe it on your dress/and send it to me"). "Gigantic", which sports one of the best bass/guitar riffs *ever*, is obsessed not even with lust or sex, but with Kim Deal's swaggering celebration of her boyfriend's, ahem, "big big love". This exceedingly frank approach compliments their intense sound perfectly. The singing by both Deal and Francis is at the peak of their abilities, blending together like no male/female pair has sung since the Mamas and the Papas (if Mama Cass was into heavy metal). And, probably my favorite part, Black Francis produces probably the best screams I've ever heard throughout the album, particularly on "Bone Machine".
I could go on and on about Joey Santiago's remarkably innovative guitar playing and the fantastic drumming, but I'll leave it at this: Surfer Rosa is a crucial album for anyone who is interested in rock music made past 1989 or so. Most rock movements of the 90's, and therefore everything beyond, were deeply influenced by this album (most famously Kurt Cobain admitted to having "stolen" much of his sound from the band - stolen is a bit harsh, but somewhat accurate). No collection is complete without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where were their Minds? May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Arguably "Doolitlle" contains their best songs but "Surfer Rosa" is definitely their most driving,trailblazing and fierce album.
And when you're talking about the Pixies that's something really good.
"Come on Pilgrim" had already shown traces of their future songwriting but the thrashing guitars had yet to be fused with their trademark rompant melodies(Steve Albini unarguably made them progress in the right direction).
The beginning is downright scorching and we're given no respite until Kim Deal's "Gigantic".The extremely abrasive "Something Against You" has my favorite riff ever(cuasi metallic,cuasi flamenco)and the choruses to the first two tracks are the Pixies at their very best.
It would be tiresome to describe all the details that make this album superb and that send it soaring above any possible contender,still the utterly perfect ballad "Where is my Mind?"(best ballad ever made?)and the melodic"River Euphrates"deserve reference.
Besides,Black Francis' lyrics are incredibly inventive and whatever the subject he tackles is you can almost always recognise his demented sense of humour peering through even the most violent wordplay as he even manages to mix some spanish words in his lyrical hodgepodge("Vamos a jugar a la playa"
-from "Vamos").
"Surfer Rosa" is,like many have already said,the best punk album made after 1977 and an exciting and quite addictive rush of adrenaline matched by few other recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites! April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Im not sure where to start on this one. The Pixies created a timeless album here, not in the sense that everyone will love it because many will probably hate it, but this album is something very special. Between noisy rockers (something against you, im amazed) and pop gems (gigantic, where is my mind?) the Pixies truly shine all over this album. In fact there isnt much about this album that I dont like. The music is very simple, which goes in Sharp contrast with the ultra-technical hair metal of the time. The guitars are raw and abrasive, but also highly enjoyable, it should go without saying that Joey Santiago is one of the most underrated guitarists of the eighties. The lyrics are very funny, bizzare and really clever at the same time. They should get you some odd looks singing them out loud on a bus. Take thes lyrics for example:
"I was talking to preachy-preach about kissy-kiss
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda
He bought me a soda and he tried to molest me in the parking lot
Yep, yep yep YEP!"
"There was this boy who had two
Children with his sisters
They were his daughters
They were his favourite lovers"
Those are just two songs theres more weirdness to pass around but I wont go into it now. The vocals jump from sweet to scream as the verse changes to the chorus (this would later be a trademard of Nirvana). The production by steve albini is very raw but I tend to think that's for the best, these songs would sound pretty lame if they were too polished. In conclusion if you buy Surfer Rosa you'll be dancing your pants to their awesome rock sounds all night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love this cd. I loved their second release even more. I wish their new cd was this strong. I've listened to it many times already and kick myself for not getting it many years ago
Published 2 months ago by Peter Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Still exciting after all those years
This is one of the most exciting listens available from any band. The album has clever lyrics, widely ranging vocal styles from Black Francis, and can evoke many emotions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Pixie Dust Bite
Buy Buy Buy! If your ears are vomiting of todays chart topping music and you prefer someting a little more strange, weird, screamed, spine tingling and most importantly... Read more
Published on July 6 2005 by A Zapanta
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves this band because they kicked
This band did everything before anyone else. In the late eighties they rocked the casbah with surfer rosa, their second album. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Heather A. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here for Pixies
Surfer Rosa is so seminal that this meager review can do it no justice. I'd be ashamed to provide a summary of this album; it's just so damn good. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Jenny Rose Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars If at first...
This is the album to buy if you want to start getting into the Pixies.
I wasn't sure what to think about the album on my first listen. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Eric D'Asto
5.0 out of 5 stars With your feet in the air and your head on the ground.
Well the Pixies are among my favorite bands. I got this CD when I was going to pick up Doolittle, but they didn't have it at the store (typical bad selection at CD stores), so I... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Jeremy Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it
This is one of the great rock recordings of all time. In the sixties, there was Dylan with Highway 61 Revisited, the Beatles with Rubber Soul, Big Brother with Cheap Thrills, Jimi... Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Their first great recording
The twisted pop masterpiece "Gigantic" was my introduction to the Pixies back when the local college radio station had it on their play list. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by David Bonesteel
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