PIXIES (Sonic Unyon) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Recorded in 1987, before the Pixies even had a deal, the so-called Purple Tape is the other half of the group's Come On Pilgrim debut, nine songs that didn't make the final cut. The heavily bootlegged cuts here are not new songs; all but one of them have been released before in some format and most, like Build High and Down The Well, were re-recorded for later albums. The most fascinating thing here is how the Pixies essentially hit the ground running. Aside from a longer intro, the demo version of Here Comes Your Man sounds identical to the one that turns up on Doolittle. Interesting, but hardly essential.