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Pixies - Live at the Paradise in Boston DVD
(Eagle Vision)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2006

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Since reuniting, The Pixies haven't put out a project filled with entirely new material, but the group has released a slew of products, especially under the DVD umbrella. First up was 2004's Pixies (4AD), which complied vintage concert clips, music videos and documentary footage, followed by 2005's Sell Out (Rhino), bringing the tour from the same year to home viewing audiences. Then there was early 2006's self-explanatory Acoustic: Live in Newport (Eagle Vision), the predecessor to the same label's brand new Live at the Paradise in Boston as part of its "Club Date Live" series.

While the group is almost wearing out its welcome on the small screen, the latest installment has an especially intimate feel, simultaneously capturing the group's genuine joy performing for a hometown audience. Whether it be the sparse acoustics of "La La Love You," the quirkiness of "Monkey Gone to Heaven" or the searing "Subbacultcha," there's plenty for die-hards to devour, especially those who weren't able to attend this highly coveted appearance.

But the real treat is a twelve track bonus set filmed in 1986 at TT The Bear's (also in Boston). Though the production is extremely sketchy, it complies a much younger, grungier group performing the cryptic and chaotic likes of "Rock a My Soul," "Ed Is Dead" and "Down To the Well." Even with this insertion, the project doesn't quite measure up to the exceptional Sell Out experience, though it's still serves a worthwhile purpose.
The Pixies Live at the Paradise in Boston Set List:
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 Mutilation
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

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