Numbered, Limited Edition!
Original Analog Masters Located After 18 Years and Used for Remaster! Half-Speed Mastering Yields Unprecedented Sound!
The analog masters for Bossanova were missing for 18 years and were finally
located in 2008 in the WEA tape archives in L.A. This will be the first time the
original 1/2" analog master tapes were used since Bossanova's original release
in 1990. At long last, the staggering dimensions of the Pixies’ canyon-wide
soundscapes and three-dimensional atmospherics of their nuanced vocals are
Released on August 13, 1990, Bossanova was the Pixies' 3rd release and was their
second time collaborating with independent English producer Gil Norton.
The opening instrumental to Bossanova makes it clear that the Pixies weren’t
about to take the same crazed approach on their major-label debut as they did on
their initial standout efforts, 1987's Surfer Rosa and 1989's Doolittle, also
available from Mobile Fidelity on 180-gram LP. More straightforward, linear,
fluid, subtle, and dreamy, Bossanova finds the band exploring pop structures,
dropping psychedelic accents, and satisfying surf-rock urges. While it often
verges off-the-beaten path, particularly for mainstream tastes circa 1990, the
set is the most accessible and hook-ridden record the Pixies ever made.
Black Francis’ surreal narratives and breathy delivery flavor tunes like “Is She
Weird,” “Velouria,” and “The Happening,” all of which sonically and/or lyrically
tie into themes of aliens and sex. Macabre fixations and noisy outbursts take a
backseat to tunefulness, putting a spotlight on Joey Santiago’s underrated
guitar work and Kim Deal’s complementary back-up vocals. Recognizing the
changes, producer Gil Norton bestowed Bossanova with spacious dynamics and
wide-open arrangements that allow the music to breathe.
• 180g Vinyl
• Numbered, Limited Edition
1. Cecilia Ann
2. Rock Music
5. Is She Weird
7. All Over The World
8. Dig For Fire
9. Down To The Well
10. The Happening
11. Blown Away
12. Hang Wire
13. Stormy Weather