Unbeknownst to the majority of Pixies fans, the March 1987 recording session that produced the band's stunning debut album, Come on Pilgrim, also served as the spine for the rest of its career.

Unbeknownst to the majority of Pixies fans, the March 1987 recording session that produced the band's stunning debut album, Come on Pilgrim, also served as the spine for the rest of its career. Leftover tracks from that session found their way onto other discs that the pioneering alt-rock foursome released during the course of its five-year existence: from Surfa Rosa's "Broken Face" to Bossa Nova's "Down to the Well." But among the most die-hard Pixies fans, these tracks were known first as songs from a rare bootleg called "The Purple Tape." Now, SpinArt issues this historic nine-song collection, which features radically different versions of classics like Doolittle's "Here Comes Your Man" and Trompe le Monde's "Subbacultcha," as well as the studio version of the rare track "In Heaven." While the majority of these songs are available elsewhere, presenting them together in their original versions gives the listener a much richer understanding of the evolution of the Pixies—and a deeper appreciation of the magnitude of its twisted punk-pop brilliance.—BG

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