If there was any doubt as to the influence and mass appeal
The Pixies had over their 10 year existence, it should've
been put to rest with the successful reunion tour they led last
year. Right from popping in this DVD my spine tingles with anticipation
and then "Where Is My Mind?" begins for the menu screen.
What makes it awe inspiring is the crowd overwhelming the backing
vocals, singing along, so that it just makes my hairs stand
on end. Needless to say I am glad they recorded this tour, but
ecstatic that the quality came out so well.
Despite only a couple of months of practice, it is blatantly
apparent the band was in top form as they didn't even skip a
beat. Literally on "Track" one, they show a compilation
of several different shows over the course of the year for one
song - "Bone Machine" and despite one little hiccup
it is a flawless transition across each venue. That's hard enough
in the studio, but live? Across a year! Man that's just impossible,
but all the more impressive, which shows you the thought and
consideration that went into recording this excellent piece
Multiple moving cameras only enhance the effect, submersing
you into the show, almost better than being there. And sound
quality is better than a majority of live recordings I have
ever heard, making this a must have on so many levels. And I'm
sorry, just take a look at all of the live tracks; this is a
solid show, not even getting into the bonus tracks. You practically
have their entire discography in live format, even getting some
of the rarities like "In Heaven (The Girl In The Radiator
While this is primarily taken from the Belfort, France show,
the bonus songs give you different shows, from Coachella to
Japan. The bonus tracks include snippets of tour information
provided by Richard Jones (Pixies Tour Manager) &
Myles Mangino (Production Manager/Lighting Designer)
and a sparse amount of backstage footage. Going to the full
DVD level you have the chance to choose any of six camera angles
for a special "Monkey Gone To Heaven" live video experience.
While I am completely stoaked by the amount on this DVD, I
wish they would have gone a little bit further and had commentary
from the band itself. Beyond a little backstage action in the
bonus commentaries, life backstage is completely avoided as
is the tour life - further elaboration would have been icing
to an already delicious masterpiece. I guess I am just biased
by Fugazi's Instrument documentary which included
the band counting out money made at the end of the night, you
know, all the nitty-gritty stuff.
This is a necessity for any Pixies fan, even a growing fan.
Based on quality alone this DVD is completely worth every second
of recording and will be indelibly etched into my consciousness
as the band itself is carved into the culture of music.
1) Bone Machine (World Tour)
2) Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
3) In Heaven
4) Something Against You
5) River Euphrates
7) Bone Machine
9) Ed Is Dead
10) I Bleed
11) Monkey Gone To Heaven
13) Levitate Me
16) Gouge Away
18) Mr. Grieves
19) Crackity Jones
20) Broken Face
21) Isla De Enchanta
23) Here Comes Your Man
24) The Holiday Song
25) Where Is My Mind?
27) Wave Of Mutilation
2) Here Comes Your Man
6) Crackity Jones
7) Nimrod's Son/The Holiday Song
10) No. 13 Baby
11) Planet Of Sound
12) Is She Weird
13) Into The White
14) Where Is My Mind?
Monkey Gone To Heaven
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