~ Release group by Pixies


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Doolittle 12" Vinyl 15 4AD, Rough Trade Germany CAD 905, RTD 106 [none]
Doolittle CD 15 4AD CAD 905 CD 5014436905025
Doolittle 12" Vinyl 15 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60856-1 075596085618
Doolittle CD 15 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), 4AD 9 60856-2 075596085625
Doolittle (Columbia House) CD 15 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), 4AD, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) E2 60856 075596085625
Doolittle CD 15 Liberation Records (Australian label) D 30032 9399603003220
Doolittle CD 15 4AD 869512 077778695127
Doolittle CD 15 Rough Trade Germany RTD 120.0288.2 4005902028820
Doolittle 12" Vinyl 15 Grabaciones Accidentales (GASA) GA-350
Doolittle CD 15 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 9 60856-2, D 101108 [none]
Doolittle CD 15 4AD GAD 905 CD 5014436905025
Doolittle CD 15 4AD GAD 905 CD 652637090529
Doolittle Hybrid SACD 15 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDSACD 2033 821797203364
Doolittle 12" Vinyl 15 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-309 821797130912
Doolittle 25 2×Digital Media 7 + 22 4AD EAD3425A 0652637342550
Doolittle 25 3×CD 15 + 13 + 22 4AD CAD3425CD 652637342529
Doolittle 25 3×12" Vinyl 15 + 13 + 18 4AD CAD 3425 652637342512
Doolittle Blu-ray 30 4AD cad 905 bd 652637090505
Doolittle Digital Media 15 4AD 5014436905025


associated singles/EPs: Here Comes Your Man
Monkey Gone to Heaven
covers: UnderCover Presents: 100+ San Francisco Bay Area Musicians Play a Tribute to Pixies' Doolittle by Various Artists
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 227)
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If anything is likely to make you feel old, it's the grim realisation that some of your favourite ever records are over 20 years old. Take, for example, Pixies' Doolittle. Originally released in April 1989, it came in a year which had already given us New Order's Technique, Lou Reed's New York and was about to unleash astonishing debuts from both The Stone Roses and Soul II Soul alongside The Cure's last fully good album, Disintegration. A vintage year indeed.

Now 20 years on, Doolittle's power and influence has barely been beaten. It was this album that inspired Kurt Cobain's vision for Nirvana, created the quiet/loud dynamic that Mogwai owe a career to, had everyone from Bowie to Radiohead, Blur to PJ Harvey awestruck and when they reformed – one of the first to do so in the last few years before it got silly – it was Doolittle that many middle-aged indiepeople were wanting to hear and howl and scream along to.

It's not hard to see why. After building themselves a nice reputation on the back of their 'proper' debut, Surfer Rosa, it was Doolittle that took them from being fawned over in Melody Maker into the actual charts to become one of 4AD's biggest successes of that time. With the key singles Monkey Gone To Heaven and Here Comes Your Man, Black Francis had distilled death, horror, whores, biblical imagery and undersea myths into a succession of short sharp chunks of immense catchiness. The unearthly howls of Debaser and Dead; the calm dead-eyed destroyer of Wave Of Mutilation; the warped southern soul of Hey; the controlled abandon and angles that Joey Santiago coaxed from his guitar throughout. Even drummer David Lovering got a song with La La Love You. And that's not to mention that the very presence of Kim Deal – a year away from inventing The Breeders - on this album consolidated her position as one of the coolest women on Earth.

There is little flab or room for negotiation with Doolittle, its 15 tracks could be released now and still wipe the floor of many of late noughties efforts. It's as perfect today as it was back then. Genuinely amazing.