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There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing "Don't Pretend You Didn't Know" with keyboards, it's clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they ... Read more in Amazon's Dinosaur Jr. Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Homestead/Giant/Positive
  • ASIN: B000000IL9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Forget The Swan
2. Cats In A Bowl
3. The Leper
4. Does It Float
5. Pointless
6. Repulsion
7. Gargoyle
8. Severed Lips
9. Mountain Man
10. Quest
11. Bulbs Of Passion

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coloured vinyl --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton-Smith on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The debut offering from Dinosaur Jr (then called simply "Dinosaur") is generally perceived to be an unfocused affair, albeit one which exhibits plenty of potential and includes some genuinely great material in its own right. I tend to agree. The three-piece were very young when they cut this, and it shows in the slightly apprehensive vocal delivery (from both J and Lou) and the muddled production - they seem unsure just what instrument should lead the charge, despite some decent guitar work signalling the future and displaying the talent of the now iconic Mr Mascis.

Despite this, it includes several classic Dinosaur tunes and live favourites and seems to prove that Mascis' songwriting skill arrived fully-formed, if not his instrumental performance. "Repulsion", "Severed Lips" and the brooding "Quest" (with the personality-defining chorus of "Why won't you be my friend?") are all brilliant songs despite the sonic shortcomings of the recording. Other highlights sound more like Lou's contributions, or group efforts at the very least, and "Forget The Swan" comes off as possibly the best track on the record. It's certainly one of the most effective songs in their post-reunion live set, and is usually played with just the confidence and aggression the studio version lacks. Lou's influence can also be heard on "Gargoyle" and "Mountain Man" - both successes, exemplifying the clash of influences in Dinosaur Jr's genetic make-up: hardcore punk's aggressive catchiness, the pure noise of Hendrix-esque wild soloing, and more than a dash of post-punk's angular restraint.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 9ftneil VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Released back in 1985 this seminal recording is in my opinion Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis finest hour. Nevermind (no pun intended) that it was the glorious precursor to the whole Seattle Sub Pop scene that spawned Nirvana, Mudhoney, Tad, Screaming Trees or the Boston based genius of the Pixies, on this debut outing J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph created the blueprint for the whole

U.S. "alt-rock/grunge" sound that was to dominate both the "pop" charts and indie-rock in the late 80's and early 90's. While there is no doubting the influence and brilliance of the Dino's follow up "You're Living All Over Me" or the splendid slacker/Gen X overkill of "Bug" this is where it all started for the Dino's and the importance of this debut album is pivotal to understanding U.S. alt-rock's transition from hardcore punk to grunge and the multi-platinum success of that movement's greatest luminaries Nirvana. That's not to say that 'Dinosaur' is a proto-Nevermind it's simply too vast a canvas of influences and inspiration to merit that tag. Simply put no other album of its' time had such a sprawling, out of kilter and off the wall range of sound, fury, melody and genius.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill on 23 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Raw, rough, mellodic, sludgy, hard, drifter, grunge, fresh, revolutionary and not over produced. If you like all these words, blend them into 1 amazing set of tracks and you have the best grunge album of all time. Every1 knows and likes Nirvana, but this band and album pre-dates them. Baring Mudhoneys debut, this is the best Grunge album of all time. Personally, i am not into the slower, rockier, samey grunge bands such as Pearl Jam. This album is raw, in your face, head banging, leg tapping, musical fusion.

J Mascis's vocals that make you feel some1 out there feels the same way as me. Theres pain somehwere inside. Vocals that are in the same brilliance bracket as Bill Corgan and Kurt Cobain. The rough edged mosh songs of The Leper and Cats in a Bowl are matched with the sublime, drifter, mellodic dreamy track of Severed Lips.

What else can i say, if you like grunge, this album is a must for the collection. I am not talking about those so called grunge fans that tap the surface and have albums so over produced they bore me to tears. This album is for the alternative music lovers that go for the 1st album made by a band that you know nothing about, in search of the youthful, angst and rage that makes them fresh and energetic. Five star
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Original American Indie Greatness 25 Mar. 2005
By Christopher R. Bejgrowicz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Would you believe I just asked my friend the other day if this would EVER get re-issued on cd?? If you are this far then I assume you like great independent music. If that's the case, then just go ahead and "One-Click" this cornerstone. I was a college dj when this album came into our station. At the time I was heavily into British music (punk, metal, ska, oi, The Smiths, The Jam, Bauhaus, Alarm,Joy Division, etc...). I thought that the only thing American music was good for anymore was the Ramones, Social Distortion, DK, Metallica, rockabilly and hardcore. Well "Dinosaur," as it was called at the time, opened my ears to a whole NEW U.S.A. scene that featured Husker Du & The Flaming Lips. Like I needed more bands to follow. Looking back, I think you would agree, it was all worth it. I don't remember being bored with one song on this lp and the b-side to my single was good too = this cd is a 5 star.

20 years later and "Dinosaur" is not stale. Enjoy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bulbs of Passion! 11 Jun. 2005
By jacktheidiotdunce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is it...the first Dinosaur release all reissued even with one or two bonus track(s). I don't really know because I've never seen the original version of this album. "Bulbs of Passion" is a rare song that wasn't on the original album, but I also think the "Does it Float"(live version) is a bonus track too.

This really is a treat to have on CD, though it isn't as good as YLAOM...it really is an original effort with interesting guitar tricks fom J and interesting genre mixing in all of the songs. It's almost folk in some songs, there's metal riffs,some screaming, weird psychadelic tricks, hints of new-wave and use of casios(though where it is found is unknown). The best songs= "Forget the Swan", the heavy and interesting "The Leper", the folky "Cats in the Bowl", the single "Repulsion", the metal driven and quite humorous "Mountain Man", and "Does it Float".

This took me a few weeks to really like, but when it came to me. It really was excellent and I realized "Dinosaur" is really unique and a really creative effort. Almost five stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some people think this is the ONLY Dinosaur album! 13 Oct. 1999
By Jack H Edinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you missed this album's first release, or didn't know that Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Sentridoh, Folk Implosion) and J Mascis used to jam together back in the day, buy this CD! The first two albums this unit released as Dinosaur (later re-issued as Dinosaur Jr.) have been highly influential to what's now become two generations of punk and indie rockers. You must find a place for this disk in your collection! P.S. Listeners to this album should check out Lou's devotional, "The Freed Pig" on Sebadoh III.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
DINOSAUR 1 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You cannot beat this album! If you are a dinosaur fan and do not own this, do it now! Going throughout life without hearing the beauty of dinosaur at their finest is a crying shame.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It's back! 19 Jun. 2005
By M. LaVigne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm almost sad that this got re-issued because I really loved blowing the minds of Dinosaur Jr. fans by playing this album for them. This was actually before the band was Dinosaur Jr. and was just Dinosaur. Sure, it's not as good an overall album as YLAOM or Bug, but there are four or five cuts on here that are up with their best songs. Particulary "Forget the Swan". A must have for any Mascis fan.
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