PIXIES – ” Demo’s ” Record Store Day 2023

Posted: April 23, 2023 in MUSIC

Formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts, Pixies are one of the key acts associated with the late 1980’s American alternative rock scene and were also considered a big influence on acts such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead.

The more obscure of the two RSD 2023 releases from the Pixies (the Massachusetts band is also releasing their 2009 Brussels gig on vinyl), “Demos” comprises the nine (of 17) tracks that were recorded in the band’s first studio session in March 1987 but didn’t make their first album, “Come On Pilgrim”.

These remaining songs from that 17-track demo reel, which has become known as ‘The Purple Tapes’, were released for the first time in 2002, but this EP marks their debut on 10-inch vinyl, which, by the way, is purple, comes with a printed inner sleeve and is limited in quantity. While this isn’t new or unheard material – these songs found their way onto subsequent albums from the band in some shape or form, after all – these original demo recordings, especially of “Here Comes Your Man” and “Rock A My Soul”, are very tasty indeed – and together here on coloured wax make for an attractive collector’s item for diehard fans.

‘Demos’ comes in a Limited Edition 10” EP pressed on purple vinyl with a printed inner sleeve.

The songs on this release were recorded by Pixies in March 1987 and were included in what has come to be known by diehard fans as ‘The Purple Tapes’. From this collection of 17 songs, 8 were chosen to comprise Pixies’ first album – ‘Come On Pilgrim’. The 9 remaining songs are featured on this release.

Available for the first time on 10” vinyl, including original demo recordings of ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Broken Face’, ‘Down To The Well’ and ‘Rock A My Soul’.

Released on Cooking Vinyl Records

  1. I’m all for collecting groovy little curiosity versions of our fave bands records but RSD is such a chore and the flippers spoil it. I go along the following week to my local store and see what’s left over. If I saw this I’d definitely dig semi deep for it. That the other thing. The prices are evil.

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