Pixies ‎– Surfer Rosa

4AD ‎– CAD 803
Vinyl, LP, Album, Rough Cover


A1 Bone Machine 3:03
A2 Break My Body 2:06
A3 Something Against You 1:48
A4 Broken Face 1:30
A5 Gigantic 3:55
A6 River Euphrates 2:32
B1 Where Is My Mind? 3:53
B2 Cactus 2:17
B3 Tony's Theme 1:52
B4 Oh My Golly! 1:47
B5 Vamos 5:06
B6 I'm Amazed 1:42
B7 Brick Is Red 2:01

Companies, etc.



Recorded and mixed at Q-Division, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Pressed at MPO Averton.

Unlaminated linen-effect sleeve + light card inner liner, printed 3-color:
Olive, Burgundy & half-tone Black - both with track notes & credits.
Art Direction & Design at "23 Envelope"

℗ & © 1988 4·A·D
Printed in England

Track durations are not listed on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5014436803017
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Hand-etched): CAD 803 A1 MPO JA WITH AN 'F'
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Hand-etched): CAD 803 B1 MPO JA NUDISM

Other Versions (5 of 53) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GA-232 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-232 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album, Cle) 4AD CAD C 803 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAD C 803 Pixies Surfer Rosa(Cass, Album, Whi) 4AD CAD C 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
MD 7917 Pixies Surfer Rosa(LP, Album) 4AD MD 7917 Europe 1988 Sell This Version


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November 11, 2019
Anyone get one of the euro represses with a Doolittle inner sleeve?


December 15, 2017
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.


November 17, 2017
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.)


August 2, 2017
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.


July 2, 2017
edited over 3 years ago

speaking of classic : elegant abrasive and ambiguous polarized style *****


February 20, 2017

I have an import of the album from the Uk in the 4AD pressing that I got from the Kobey's Swap Meet in San Diego for less then five dollars and it sounds amazing but that isn't why I am writing this. I am writing this because this is such an amazing record. Kim Deal ROCKS!!!! her bass playing stands alone as a such a talent towards the whole grunge movement of the nineties along with her back ground vocals, only Lou Barlow could come close. Joey Santiago thrash slash noise guitar shows that Jimi Henedrix is alive and going strong. Gigantic should be known by all as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.


January 24, 2017
disc plays ok, but looks horrible. lots of stains and manufacturing marks on the surface.


January 3, 2016
number 4298 January 2016


September 8, 2015
I bought a copy directly from 4AD Mail Order (mid 90's) and i get it overall glossy sleeve without that beautiful inner sleeve (Sadly). By that period i didn't know it should have an inner. Got inner? (I want it)


November 18, 2014
Bought mine on day of release in the UK and my copy has glossed photographs on front and back cover + gold print inner. This vers of cover does not seem to be listed.