Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 317/500!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Remastered from Recently Discovered First-Generation, Original Analog Master Tapes!
#7 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1980s • #31 on New Musical Express’ Top 100 Albums of All Time
• #79 on Mojo’s The 100 Records That Changed the World • #315 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!
The Plymouth Rock on which alternative rock was founded, the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa
forever altered the music environment — even if it did take most of the world a
few years to catch up with its brilliance. Internationally acknowledged as a
pioneering record, its rollercoaster blend of harsh and soft tempos, male and
female singing, intense punk and bubblegum pop tones, dark and light quips, and
off-kilter sensibilities is the influential equivalent of the Velvet
Underground’s oft-cited 1967 debut.
The 1987 debut established the Pixies as otherworldly visionaries whose songs
such as the insistent “Bone Machine,” badgering “Something Against You,” and
sensual “Cactus” remain ahead of the curve. Having analog fanatic and noise
aficionado Steve Albini working production ensured that the music would retain a
requisite rawness and in-your-face sonic signature that paralleled the
fundamentally chaotic, compulsive characteristics of the Pixies’ songs.
And now, thanks to the painstaking efforts of Mobile Fidelity engineers, you
will truly hear this groundbreaking record as if you were experiencing it for
the first time. Vivid, immediate, massive, and detailed, this is how Surfer Rosa
was meant to be heard when Albini completed it and turned it into the label.
Also available on Mobile Fidelity 180g Vinyl is the Pixies' Doolittle (MFSL 1-309).
“The heaviness and hugeness of the room-reverberating drumbeat that begins
the album-opening “Bone Machine” epitomizes the record’s forward impact,
visceral punch, grinding crunch, and dynamic headroom. Rather than cluttering
the mix with an avalanche of effects, Albini left space without sacrificing live
detail or volatile oomph, shown to great effect on “Broken Face,” “Gigantic
(there’s a piano—who knew?), and haunting “Where Is My Mind?,” which opens unto
a sonic canyon that swallows the listener whole.” - Bob Gendron, The
Absolute Sound, September 2007
"Smack in between hardcore punk and alternative, it was impossible to deconstruct the Pixies' ferocious howl. Their secret weapon was leaping from sweet to screamin' (which Kurt Cobain admitted to boosting): On "Gigantic," Kim Deal sings like Peppermint Patty as the band drives a spike into Eighties rock." - www.rollingstone.com
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
Black Francis, vocals, guitars
David Lovering, drums
Mrs. John Murphy, bass, vocals
Joey Santiago, lead guitars
1. Bone Machine
2. Break My Body
3. Something Against You
4. Broken Face
6. River Euphrates
7. Where Is My Mind?
9. Tony's Theme
10. Oh My Golly!
12. I'm Amazed
13. Brick Is Red