Frank Black To Release Solo Retrospective Compilation

It is an undeniable fact that the Pixies had a massive impact on the genre of music we know and love as "alternative rock." The band's frontman, Frank Black, has been releasing solo albums since 1993, during which he has cranked out a whopping nine albums. Cooking Vinyl has compiled a two-disc set of some of his best songs, covering a decade of his solo material. Frank Black 93-03 will hit stores on June 12, and will include some live tracks from his '06 tour as well as the brand new tune "Threshold Apprehension."

About the history of his music, Black said: "There is totally a narrative arc to my solo career. It sounds trite, but in basic language this is what's happening on these songs: it's me breaking away from the Pixies and finding myself as a solo artist, finding a band again and forging that together, then losing it and my marriage, and finally getting my obsession with two-track recording out of my system. It's a total arc."

Black was a bit apprehensive when approached to make a best-of compilation. He added: "As compilations go, it has less in common with The Best of Blondie, The Beatles 1962-66, The Beach Boys' 20 Golden Greats, and Rolled Gold than it does The Best Of The Residents. I felt a little sheepish when my manager suggested a Best Of: I'm not exactly known for my hit records. But then, I didn't get into this to have hits. I did it to be a maverick, to be underground, to be part of that world as opposed to the Top 40 world. I wanted to be an artist and a musician, not to get invited to parties. It's about being true to yourself. But I've got a big back catalogue, and so for the uninitiated, Frank Black 93-03 is a good place to start."

Frank Black 93-03
Disc One
01. "Los Angeles"
02. "Ten Percenter"
03. "Czar"
04. "Old Black Dawning"
05. "Calistan"
06. "Speedy Marie"
07. "Headache"
08. "Freedom Rock"
09. "Men In Black"
10. "You Ain't Me"
11. "I Don't Want To Hurt You"
12. "All My Ghosts"
13. "I Gotta Move"
14. "Bad Harmony"
15. "Western Star"
16. "Robert Onion"
17. "Hermaphroditos"
18. "Velvety"
19. "Calofornia Bound"
20. "Massif Centrale"
21. "Manitoba"

Disc Two
Live At Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh & The Distrikt in Regina, SK

01. "Deadman's Curve"
02. "Raiderman"
03. "My Terrible Ways"
04. "I'll Be Blue"
05. "Johnny Barleycorn"
06. "Ten Percenter"
07. "Dog Gone"
08. "The Swimmer"
09. "Suffering"

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Frank Black To Release Solo Retrospective Compilation