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Come On Pilgrim Original recording remastered, EP
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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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Interesting background info on the group's formation: Frank Black (lead singer, guitarist) placed an ad in the classifieds looking for a bass player. His only screening criteria? That the rocker like Husker Du as much as Peter Paul and Mary. Streamlined (poppy) hippie folk and coarse (poppy) hardcore angst? Kim Deal said YES. Good thing. She had a beautiful bouncing bass.
And those rich influences served as a breeding ground for this truly original style of pop. Is it any wonder this band would have one of the most interesting yet accessible catalogs in alternative rock history after hearing this EP? I know, they never broke--I said "accessible" not "accessed." Anyway, for the Pixies-beginner, I personally would go with Doolittle first, and then try out either this or Surfer Rosa.
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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I'll keep it short and sweet. You like the Pixies? You buy this album. The End.Published on Sept. 21 2003 by Kt
This is a great CD. The Pixies were a watershed band and this EP lays the blueprint for everything they were to do later. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by scooob
Not a wasted moment on this little beauty. This disk never fails to put a smile on my face. By the time you hear the intoxicating vocals on the closer, Levitate Me, you'll want... Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by LombardSouth
Damn, granted this cd is only a lil over 20 mins long, with only 8 songs, this is one of my favorite Pixies cds. Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by Mike G
Damn, granted this cd is only a lil over 20 minuetes long, with only 8 songs, this is one of my favorite Pixies cds. Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by Mike G
I love this EP and "Surfer Rosa", so I got both on the twofer import. I suggest you do the same. You'll want both anyhow. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by Erroneous
I think if this was a full length album my head would probably explode with excitement and pure ecstacy. Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by Chris Putrino
Bought this when it first came out on the 4AD label and it blew my mind! Had the fortune of seeing the Pixies and the Throwing Muses on the same bill at the I-Beam in the late 80s.Published on Dec 3 2001