The Pixies-Live at the Paradise in Boston (2006)

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Released 16-Oct-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Additional Footage-Previously Unseen Pixies Early Show In Oct' 86 Boston
Trailer-The Pixies - Acoustic, Live in Newport
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 92:22 (Case: 106)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (66:24) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael B Borofsky
Studio
Distributor
Eagle Eye Media
Rajon Vision
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Barely a blot on the musical landscape when they were originally together, Pixies' cult following snowballed over the course of the decade since they split up - so much so that their mainstream recognition today is probably a lot greater than many major mainstream artists of their day. Kurt Cobain played more than a small part in this growth in popularity when he famously decried Smells Like Teen Spirit as a shameless Pixies knock-off.
 

"I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it (smiles). When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band - or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard." - Kurt Cobain, January 1994.

    More than a decade later, the burnt bridges that led to the original demise of the Pixies were mended. Keen to cash in on the success they had achieved through years of avoiding each other, the band reformed and launched their appropriately titled Pixies Sell Out tour. This concert was recorded as part of that tour, though not at a regular stadium show.

    This show was recorded at a small club, The Paradise, in Boston, holding only a couple of hundred fans and set up specially for this DVD recording. As a result, everything is far more brightly lit than you will find on most live concert DVDs and the whole affair is a lot more intimate than most concert recordings (rock concert recordings, at any rate).

    Opening with La La Love You, a song never performed live by the Pixies during their original formation, the band tear through 29 of their notoriously short tracks in the space of around 100 minutes. The set played is quite comprehensive but there are a couple of notable songs missing in the set list, particularly Here Comes Your Man and Dig For Fire. Some of the tracks not played in this set are featured on the companion Acoustic: Live in Newport DVD that is being released at the same time as this disc.

    There are some great moments in this show from the very beginning, when the band makes a mess of the opening number and decide to start again from scratch, through to Joey Santiago's insane guitar effects solo during Vamos - when he literally plonks the guitar on a stand in front of a speaker to generate feedback and twiddles effects knobs for a period.

    The show starts off as a fairly tame affair and builds to a great mess of rock by about the half-way point, a level it maintains through to the end. There is plenty of energy in the whole show and plenty of interaction between the band members and the audience - in between, and occasionally during, songs.

    The quality of performance and range of songs featured in the set mean this disc is likely to appeal to casual fans as well as any die-hards out there.

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Track Listing

1. La La Love You
2. Winterlong
3. Into The White
4. Vamos
5. All Around The World
6. Mr. Grieves
7. Nimrod's Son
8. In Heaven
9. Where Is My Mind?
10. Gouge Away
11. Something Against You
12. Dead
13. Isla De Encanta
14. Crackity Jones
15. Monkey Gone To Heaven
16. Wave Of Multilation
17. Subbacultcha
18. Planet Of Sound
19. Bone Machine
20. River Euphrates
21. Allison
22. Sad Punk
23. U-Mass
24. Broken Face
25. Debaser
26. Tame
27. Gigantic
28. Hey
29. Caribou

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is generally quite sharp, but occasionally the focus is imperfect - as you'd have to expect when recording a live show. There is a degree of low level noise visible in the black and maroon backdrop behind the stage, but it is consistent throughout the show and is generally not distracting. There is not a lot of shadow detail visible, particularly if you look at the speakers and amps to the side of the stage, but this is not an issue as the band members are very well lit throughout the show.

    The colour is quite consistent and natural for most of the show, although occasionally the bright spotlights saturate parts of the image (e.g. a white spotlight washes the colour out of Black Francis' clothes at 77:44).

    This is an RSDL disc and the layer break occurs at 66:24, in between the songs Allison and Sad Punk.

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Audio

    Three audio tracks are available, Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kbps), Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kbps) and DTS (768Kbps).

    The audio/visual sync is very good.

    All three audio tracks are very good quality for the type of track they are. The dynamic range of each is excellent. The clarity of the DTS track, in particular, is excellent and deserves special mention. There are three small dropouts in the DTS audio in the last few minutes of the show (at 83:28, 87:15 and 89:07, each brief enough that they are easy to miss or ignore but noticeable if you are listening carefully.

    The surround channels are well used in the 5.1 tracks. The music is distributed well across all the channels and the crowd noise is largely pressed to the surround channels. This gives a more authentic live feel - band out front, audience behind.

    The LFE track does not do a great deal and is fairly quiet. It mostly picks up the bottom end of the kick drum and the very bottom end of the bass guitar. The resulting subwoofer output is adequate, although a little disappointing, and does not do much to enhance the sound.

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Extras

    As well as a modest package of extras on the disc, this package comes with a three page fold-out booklet with pictures and an introduction from Matt Ashare, the music editor of the Boston Phoenix.

Main Menu Introduction, Main Menu Audio & Animation

    A fairly standard menu animation with the live version of U-Mass playing in the background.

Pixies at TT The Bear's in Boston, 31 October 1986

    One of The Pixies first shows captured on a camcorder on 31/10/1986 (the video even has the camera time-stamp!), presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. A few of the cuts between songs give the impression that a few songs had been cut out, although it is quite plausible that they were cut due to the quality of the video. Regardless of how complete the show is, this extra gives you a pretty good idea of what you would have got out of a Pixies show when they first formed.

    The video quality is quite bad, as you'd probably expect from a home movie shot in a dark room 20 years earlier, but it is certainly watchable. There does not appear to have been much attempt at cleaning up the video.

    The sound quality is reasonable given the source. It is fairly muddy and suffers from a few tape tracking errors (though not nearly as much as the video), but it is quite listenable - particularly to anyone that has ever listened to one of the dozens of bootlegs of the old Pixies shows that have been doing the rounds since the late 1980s.

    The track list for this show is:

  1. The Holiday Song
  2. I'm Amazed
  3. Rock a My Soul
  4. Broken Face
  5. I've Been Tired
  6. Caribou
  7. Isla De Encata
  8. Nimrod's Son
  9. Ed is Dead
  10. Build High
  11. Boom Chickaboom
  12. Down to the Well

Trailer

    A trailer for the companion DVD release The Pixies - Acoustic, Live in Newport, featuring The Pixies first ever acoustic show at the Newport Folk Festival in 2005, is provided.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 version of this release is identical to the local release, except for the usual NTSC/PAL difference.

Summary

    A great live show from The Pixies featuring a diverse set that will appeal to both casual and die-hard fans.

    The video quality is very good for a live show.

    The audio quality is very good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDLG V8824W, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 80cm 4x3 CRT. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-D512
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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Comments (Add)
Definitely worth it for fans, but maybe not the best introduction for newbies - Neil