Pixies ‎– Surfer Rosa

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CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, Rou) 4AD CAD 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
07777 869542 4 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album) 4AD 07777 869542 4 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 CD Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album) 4AD CAD 803 CD UK 1988 Sell This Version
834 734-2 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album) 4AD, Vertigo 834 734-2 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
07777 869542 4 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD 07777 869542 4 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD CAD C 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD CAD C 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD CAD C 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803, ROUGH US 38C Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD, Rough Trade CAD C 803, ROUGH US 38C US 1988 Sell This Version
834 734-4 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album) 4AD, Vertigo 834 734-4 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
RTD 72, MD 7917 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, 4AD, Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTD 72, MD 7917 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
GA-232 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-232 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) Sanni Records CAD 803 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
RTD 72, MD 7917 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, 4AD, Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTD 72, MD 7917 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
VG 50372 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD VG 50372 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, Vertigo CAD 803 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803, ROUGH US 38 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, Rough Trade CAD 803, ROUGH US 38 US 1988 Sell This Version
MD 7917 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD MD 7917 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, Vertigo CAD 803 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, Smo) 4AD CAD 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, TP) 4AD CAD 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803, Rough US 38 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, TP, ) 4AD, Rough Trade CAD 803, Rough US 38 US 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803, ROUGH US 38 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, W/Lbl) 4AD, Rough Trade CAD 803, ROUGH US 38 US 1988 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, W/Lbl) 4AD CAD 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ŠKUC AD 7, CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) Ropot, ŠKUC, 4AD ŠKUC AD 7, CAD 803 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
670.9014, 00603 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD, 4AD 670.9014, 00603 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
CONTE 133 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) Contempo Records CONTE 133 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
9 61295-2, 61295-2 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD, Elektra 9 61295-2, 61295-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
9 61295-2, 61295-2 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE, Lon) 4AD, 4AD, Elektra, Elektra 9 61295-2, 61295-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
9 61295-4 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Elektra 9 61295-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
GAD 8030 CD Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD GAD 8030 CD US 2003 Sell This Version
GAD 8030 CD Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD GAD 8030 CD UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4AD CAD 803 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4AD CAD 803 US 2004 Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE, TP) 4AD CAD 803 UK 2004 Sell This Version
TECI-21305 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Imperial Records (13), 4AD TECI-21305 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
GAD 803 CD Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Comp) Soyuz Music, 4AD GAD 803 CD Russia 2006 Sell This Version
UDSACD 2032 Pixies Surfer Rosa(SACD, Hybrid, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDSACD 2032 US 2007 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-296 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Gat) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-296 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Pixies Surfer Rosa(13xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) 4AD none Unknown
GAD 8030 CD Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD GAD 8030 CD US Unknown Sell This Version
9 61295-2, 61295-2 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD, Elektra 9 61295-2, 61295-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 61295-2, 61295-2 Pixies Surfer Rosa(CD, Album, RE) 4AD, Elektra 9 61295-2, 61295-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
GA-232, 4G232 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE) Grabaciones Accidentales, Grabaciones Accidentales GA-232, 4G232 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE) 4AD CAD 803 US Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) 4AD CAD 803 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album, RE, RP, 180) 4AD CAD 803 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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TheAmnesiacKid

TheAmnesiacKid

February 8, 2018
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, RE, 180, CAD 803
This sounds fantastic... Unfortunately, mine was horrible warped out of the packaging and the first songs on each side are unlistenable as a result.
stellasdad

stellasdad

January 4, 2018
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Gat, MFSL 1-296
I’ve owned all the 4AD releases on vinyl for decades. Bought Surfer MFSL LP and hated it. I hang out at Steve Albini’s forum for his Electric Studio and I asked his opinion and he said it was not his work on the MFSL release. He recommended the SACD, So I purchased MFSL’s SACD release and it’s possibly the best sounding version I’ve heard. The rawness is there, but more importantly the drum SQ is spot on compared to the original release. Ive yet to hear a good MFSL version of what was called Altnerative music, except In Utero....even then the digital is much better than the vinyl, IMO. Sea Change is solid, but I don’t own the vinyl MFSL release— just the CD.
Texasbear

Texasbear

December 15, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Rou, CAD 803
Contacted Mobile Fidelity Sound by email and this is the response I got about how many copies are produced of various titles: “As far as our current releases go, unless a limited number is specified on the listing, the number of copies to be pressed is not predetermined. If not specified, limited edition refers to the length of time in which we hold a contract with the artist/label. All contracts are different, but do expire at some point. When they do, we can no longer make copies. They are pressed as needed during the length of the contract for that title.

Music Direct is the current owner of the MFSL production now. They purchased the company as it was going bankrupt in 1999 from its original owner!

As per Wikipedia, they said the following : In November 1999 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab shut down after the bankruptcy of M. S. Distributing, one of its biggest distributors. In 2001 MFSL's assets were acquired by Music Direct. The acquisition turned over to Music Direct the company's intellectual property and the rights to the technology used in the proprietary mastering chain.

So with this knowledge of their process, it really means that unless an LP is strictly numbered to a specific number of copies, the pressing can go higher as long as the still have a contract with the original label. This explains why my Santana - Abraxis is numbered over 10,000. I guess this was a popular seller. I’m assuming if certain titles are more desirable and popular the number of copies will definitely vary in how many are pressed.

Their web page is very specific about what titles are limited to a certain number and if it doesn't say the LP is strictly limited, it’s more of a time issue than how many copies are actually pressed!

Only their SACDs and Hybrid SACDs are limited to either 2,000 copies or 5,000 copies. Their SACDs use Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding rather than the more common Pulse-code modulation (PCM). Mobile Fidelity sells its remasters in limited editions of 5000 copies or less.

Music Direct is a great company to deal with. I’ve purchased many of my MFSL Lps and Hybrid SACDs from them. They still have some remaining copies of this Hybrid SACD in stock. It will play on most regular CD players as well, but to get the full High Resolution sound, you’ll need either a SACD player or a mutiformat player like I own. I have an Oppo BDP-105D player and I haven’t found anything this player will not play, plus I’ve got the region free model that will play PAL DVDA DVDs and Blu-rays from anywhere.
Texasbear

Texasbear

December 8, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Gat, MFSL 1-296

My copy is #002757! My”Trompe Le Mode” is the lowest of the four releases at #136, my “Bossanova” is #416, and lastly my copy of “Doolittle” is #2730. So I’m not sure how many of each are truly printed.

I’m not sure how they determine how many copies and what titles get released! I’m sure some titles get more pressings than others! I do know that I recently purchased the Ultradisc One Step Boxed version of Donald Fagen’s - “The Nightfly” that was $200.00 and it sold out while it was in preorder. It’s limited to 6,000 copies. I have #1264. I wish I had bought two copies as the price of these are insane on sites like Ebay with some bringing in upwards of $400.00.

The Highest numbered MFSL vinyl I own is Santana’s “Abraxis” at #010091 and it’s the single LP, not the half speed mastered 45 rpm version. I’m actually quite shocked it’s that high in number as I thought no title would be more than 10,000 at the most. The lowest that I own is Hall and Oats “H2O” coming in at #121. The first of the foil numbered album I own from MFSL is U2’s “The Unforgettable Fire”. It’s #3317. It is only four numbers as well. It uses the “anadisc 200 gain system” as does my R.E.M. “Murmur” at #0986 and “Reckoning“ at #1083. The interesting thing is that these pressings don’t have 6 digits in their Number like the newer ones do. So I’m sure less of these where made as this is about the time CDs took over and Vinyl was being phased out for most. I’ve been collecting since I was about 15 in the early 80’s. I still have some of the first albums I purchased! I couldn’t afford the price of the fancy editions like MFSL, Quiex, and the occasional Japanese import that would appear in the record shop. I still can’t buy all the titles I would like to buy, but I paid like $250 for that MFSL copy of “Reckoning” in 2013 as it was still sealed. I stumbled upon it at the Austin Vinyl Collectors Convention a few years back. Probably the most valuable album I have is either a Near Mint and really rare Gold, Silver, and Bronze color variant of The Police’s “Syncronicity” that’s in top notch shape, traded a duplicate copy of a MFSL version of Queen’s “The Game” plus $50.00 for it, or possibly my autographed Phish album “Fuego”! It missing John Fishmans signature, but it’s PSA/DNA documented and it was a gift, so not sure of its value!

I have many other MFSL Lps preceeding the MFSL U2 album that aren’t numbered, like Steely Dan and Cat Stevens but are long out of print! I Have roughly 110 MFSL LPs and about 45 or so of the older copies that are not numbered. They are very hard to find pressings and all in NM shape or I pass on them. I’m guessing the un-numbered releases are the more limited pressings with the exception of the boxed MOFI-UHQR series. These are very expensive and you don’t see them that often. There’s a copy of “Dark Side of The Moon” starting at almost $700 on Discogs right now! I love my vinyl,but that’s more than half of what my Clear Audio Meastro V2 MM cartridge cost me.

I’m a Huge fan of MFSL pressings but I love my large collection of Japanese vinyl imports as well. I’ve bought several hundred from Japanese dealers and the Japanese people take very good care of their vinyl collections! I’ve never gotten an album that wasn’t described as Near Mint that hasn’t looked as if is brand new. Also learned it makes since to remove the vinyl in the static free sleeve from the cover and you will not get those annoying seam splits that I despise from my wise Japanese sellers. Since the resurgence in viny, many of these Japanese pressing are through the roof as well! They lack the popping and noise of a lot of American pressings! So I generally try to buy the more expensive vinyl pressed by RTI, Pallas, MFSL and Analouge Productions. Without a doubt, my worst vinyl experience happened with a copy of Interpol’s “El Pintor” red vinyl! It literally rip my stylus out of my three year old cartridge. I learned to vacuum clean every new album I purchase before playing it after this incident. There was still rings of the cutting in the grooves I didn’t notice until it happened! Sadly a $25.00 album ruined a $900 cartridge!

Well, sorry for the long message, my ADHD is starting to show. I’m now curious just exactly how many copies are pressed by MFSL and if some titles get a larger number of pressings than others. There has to be a chart or guide showing the actual numbers pressed somewhere on the internet.

Happy collecting and sorry for getting off topic. If I find any info on pressing numbers I’ll post them for you guys,

Texasbear
8bitBarry

8bitBarry

November 23, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Gat, MFSL 1-296
Firstly - if you are coming to The Pixies for the first time, they landed on our planet in an age when most people were tape-to-taping cassettes. I played mine through a Sanyo which didn't have auto reverse, which pissed me off when I saw my friends Aiwa's with three band EQ. The guitar pedals were shrill, the picked bass was clanking and they were unstoppable; think two fingers up at the late 80's quest for spandex rock perfection, this was the debut of its younger pissed off brother and he changed everything.
This album is about boxing the neurotic. It's so loose in places you can see the lyric sheet scribblings and see them looking at each other with raised eyebrows for lyrical queues. Apparently Black Francis often changed the lyrics minutes before recording.
1. This MFSL is the best version you'll going to get from this period in indie rock, other than travelling back in time to 1988. It's a class pressing, so quiet and I have to say you would be spending a lot to get a M / M copy of the original.
2. The sound will always retain its brittle, abrasive sharpness, because that's exactly what the music is, but MFSL have balanced this very well and made it exceptionally listenable.
3. It has a thoroughly satisfying depth to the drums. The kick and toms punch through and lays the foundations so well.
4. Stereo width is not as big as their other releases, but they got better didn't they.
5. You can't go wrong with this - but I must say its not the same stereo hi-fidelity experience that Doolittle MFSL is... that should be where you are headed next.
DogWater

DogWater

November 17, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Rou, CAD 803
I'm not convinced this 'rough cover' is an original 1988 pressing. One or two other people have posted here to say that they bought it on day of release and their copy has a glossy sleeve and it's the same with me. The 2004 reissue, on the other hand, DEFINITELY does have a rough cover - https://www.discogs.com/Pixies-Surfer-Rosa/release/2109418
You can tell the two apart by the inner sleeve. the 1988 issue uses gold metallic ink for the inner. The inner in the 2004 issue is a non-metallic yellow/brown colour.
(Btw, there's a similar difference between original copies of Bossanova and the 2004 reissue. Originals use silver metallic ink on the front cover. reissues use a non-metallic grey.)
jguzman76

jguzman76

October 23, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, RE, 180, CAD 803
I have this exact version but it DOESN'T have the circled U on the dead wax. The labels, cover and sleeve are identical.
jonathanbennett

jonathanbennett

August 2, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Rou, CAD 803
Original copies had a small silver "modesty" hype sticker placed over "Rosa's" bare torso. It said "pixies surfer Rosa" on it.

I have an old rough trade pressing that has a white insert, printed with the same pictures and info as the gold sleeve most editions have. Haven't seen this variation listed.
harakeric69

harakeric69

July 2, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, Rou, CAD 803

speaking of classic : elegant abrasive and ambiguous polarized style *****
henry.phillpotts

henry.phillpotts

July 2, 2017
referencing Surfer Rosa, LP, Album, RE, 180, CAD 803

My copy of this pressing sounds fantastic, the best presentation I've heard of this album. The sleeve is nicely done too.