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Gish [Box set]

Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, mostly thanks to the success of second and third albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. At the height of their fame they guest-starred in a memorable episode of The Simpsons.

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  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • ASIN: B005MW8CLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Am One (2011 - Remaster)
2. Siva (2011 - Remaster)
3. Rhinoceros (2011 - Remaster)
4. Bury Me (2011 - Remaster)
5. Crush (2011 - Remaster)
6. Suffer (2011 - Remaster)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Starla (2011 Mix)
2. Siva (Peel Session)
3. Honeyspider (Reel Time Demos) [2011 Mix]
4. Hippy Trippy (Crush Music Box Demo)
5. Snail (Live Radio Performance)
6. Plume (2011 Mix)
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Introduction by Joe Shanahan (Live)
2. I Am One (Live)
3. Snail (Live)
4. Rhinoceros (Live)
5. Bury me (Live)
6. Tristessa (Live)
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BBC Review

"All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure," Enoch Powell once observed. The same laws apply to pop lives, of course. Just compare the current dispiriting demise of R.E.M. with the glorious prime-time swansong of The Smiths, or contrast the adulation of Kurt Cobain – forever 27 – with the scorn heaped on his rival Billy Corgan, whose ongoing self indulgence and increasingly haphazard music have so tarnished the reputation of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Which is why this lavish re-issue of the band’s debut is a perfect opportunity to rediscover why his band were, for a while, so exciting and absurdly gifted. Formed shortly after Guns N' Roses had exploded into global fame, and releasing 1991’s Gish a few months before Nirvana’s Nevermind wrestled US rock in a new direction, it would be easy to see the Pumpkins as a mutant trapped between triumphalist hair metal and neurotic grunge. That would explain the album’s tussle between thunderous rock bravado and squealing guitar solos on songs like I Am One, with the soul-baring neurosis of reveries like Suffer.

However, this theory shortchanges Gish’s lovely complexity, and overlooks the sheer range of Corgan’s musical tastes and the outrageous raw talent with which he channelled them. The ghost of UK shoegazing is also present in the narcotic throb of Window Paine, while Corgan’s psychedelic leanings are given full rein in the shifting, shimmering sweetness of Crush.

The extra tracks included on the re-issue are further evidence of Corgan’s fanboy obsessions, taking in full-blooded prog-rock on the sprawling Starla, abandoned to shoegazing FX-freak-out on Honeyspider or revelling in numbskull-riffed sleaze-rock on Plume. There’s even Beatlesy acoustic whimsy on Jesus Is the Sun, though this is one of those hidden treasures that could happily have stayed hidden.

Given these warring musical instincts, it’s remarkable in retrospect how coherent Gish is, how confidently it shifts between the guitar-revving of Siva and the soft seductions of Rhinoceros. It’s also a surprisingly small and subtle album. Corgan’s ambitions would soon vault the band to the glorious heights of Siamese Dream, a record as ambitious and beautiful as anything else released in the 1990s, and then on into the bloated follies that would destroy this loveliest version of his band. Captured here, however, the band is still full of the future, and as fascinating and beguiling as such things always are.

--Jaime Gill

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"Recorded with Nevermind producer Butch vig in early 1991, Gish certainly owes more to classic 60s and 70s rock than to the dissonant, dissident, DIY aesthetic of grunge. The second Gish audio disc contains 18 demos, radio sessions and orphan outtakes, the highlights including a blistering version of Siva."
-- Classic Rock Magazine - February 2012

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 14 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am not a 'Pumpkins Fan'. Being a little old for this, I have spent most of my adult life filling in the gaps on 60s and 70s, which I still believe was the golden age of rock music. However, one day was one day when I decided to check the Pumpkins out. And I started at the beginning - with 'Gish'. And gosh, what a find Gish was! I simply love this album, and liken it to U2's "Achtung Baby". Beneath the sometimes harsh and apparently hectic overlays and the most exquisite rhythms and lyrics. This is so rich, complex, so satisfying in the long term. And what I like most is that I find it difficult to 'remember' this music; so that each time I listen, it is as if I re-discover it. And so the enjoyment is repeated upon each listening. Subsequently bought "Siamese Dream" & "Mellon Collie...", but sorry - gish remains the masterpiece for me. Bravo Smashing Pumpkins!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Currently listening to disc 2 of this set which blows away the original album.
If you love the amazing 'Siamese Dream' you have to get this set as disc 2 has the same extreme energy and playability and also brings new life to the original album.
The perfectionist production makes the music on this disc sound like it was recorded this week.
I know the DVD disc 3 will not disappoint.
Any Pumpkins/Corgan fan needs to get this and the Siamese Dream set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly awe inspiring debut 4 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
What may be said of The Smashing Pumpkins which has not already been said? The band's debut "Gish", while being a decade old retains its energy and vigour tenaciously. Basically, this album is one of psychedelic rock, from the excellent "I am one" to "Tristessa". However, the aspect which appeals most is the effortless way in which Billy Corgan oscilattes between hard rock and dreamy numbers, e.g "Crush". It is only sad that such a talented band came to be eclipsed by others such as Nirvana. So for all those new to the Pumpkins sound, from this album expect a rough ride, with grinding guitar riffs,dive bombing solos and truly some of the best drumming ever to grace a rock band, courtesy of Jimmy Chamberlin. If you like rock, you'll like this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just want to get there faster! 19 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Gish is the debut you never expected to be true. It somehow portrays a band that will unquestionably develop and yet it is still wrapped in skillful lyrics, soaked in remarkable musicianship and tied together in a splendid bow of distinctiveness that never stops to amaze. It is almost an appetizer of what is to come and yet it is notably excellent on its own. Like all Smashing Pumpkins albums it has its own individual sound and feel. It can knock you down or soothe your soul. It may take a while for you to actually digest (which in my opinion is the sign of a good album) but once you do it will settle itself into your heart and head and stay there with all the greats.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Debut Album The World Has Ever Seen. 8 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is sheer brilliance from start to finish. It is not as accessible as Siamese Dream but that makes it all the better. When I first heard it, I thought that there were quite a few dull, slow tracks - such as Rhinoscerous, however after repeated listening I just couldn't get those slow, beautiful, eerie and intense melodies out of my head. Even the full on fast rock numbers make room for some quiet, reflective moments - such as with track 2 - "Siva". With an album this great it really is difficult to pick out a favourite track. Every time I listen to Gish, I discover something new in one of the songs that didn't grab my attention before. The fact that most of the songs grow on you makes for these kind of pleasant surprises because with 99% of albums the opposite is true - the more you listen to it, the more you tire of it.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST for Pumpkins fans. If you are new to the smashing pumpkins I suggest you start with Siamese Dream before buying Gish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flying start 8 May 2004
By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an impressive debut, I bought "Mary, Star of the Sea" by Zwan and enjoyed it so I decided to investigate the Smashing Pumpkins. This album opens beautifully with "I am the one" and follows with "Siva". Here the Pumpkins trademark is set as Billy Corgan and James Iha layer the guitars while the rythym section just rocks on. The guitarists and the rythym section in this album seem to be an excellent example of symbiosis, two completely different species cooperating together to produce something better than the separate parts could create.
I like guitar rock, I love Zeppelin and the White Stripes, the Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones. This album shows how, even at the very beginning, The Smashing Pumpkins were right up there with those bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gish remastered review 5 Jan 2012
By steve
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
stunning sound on this remaster, also plenty of material and other demos to keep you occupied. DVD is of an old concert and really shows the band as amatuerish just starting out before they blew up, overall a must have for any true pumpkins fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Gish starts with the pummeling drum beats of 'I am One.' Billy Corgan aims to rock and he does so superbly, the bass is definitive and the outstanding drumming of Jimmy Chamberlin leaves me speechless. From its pure rock anthems (tristessa, I am one) to its more beatiful tracks (windowpaine, rhinoceros) this album makes me thankfull that I am alive. It was a bold forboding of what was to come from the chicago rockers and is one of the best debut album that I have heard. If you want to spend money on something worthwhile this is definitly it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks.
When I ordered this on vinyl the picture is of the original LP but I got the new version, this isn't a complaint, I love it, cheers.
Published 2 months ago by Jon.P.Grimes
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent deluxe package of an interesting first album
I've was a latecomer to The Smashing Pumpkins, discovering them around the time they first broke up (2000). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Matthew Notley
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected...
As a long time fan, this edition of the album was what I wanted from that time. Great songs (mostly unreleased versions) in a deluxe package is like traveling back in time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Watson Facanha Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Rar!
I AM ONE! Siva Rhino Bury Me Crush Suffer Snail Tristessa Window Paine Daydream. What a classic album, it is really awesome yeah.
Published 23 months ago by Rar!
5.0 out of 5 stars bang
One of the must have's if you like Smashing's.
A very well recorded album, very spontaneous and nerve wrenching (at times)
Highly recommend it
Published on 19 July 2012 by B. Waruna Gomis
5.0 out of 5 stars For any Pumpkins fans out there
Are you were wondering whether or not to buy this record...?? Thinking - yes 15 quid is a lot to pay on 1 album let alone the fact that, if given the choice you'd rather buy the... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by JA White
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good album
This was a really good album, probably their third best album. It's good the way they made a box with all the little postcards, and the packaging has pictures of the bands faces... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars While siting on a fence..
On one side you had Nirvana's Nevermind, while the other side was Pearl Jam's Ten. I was the one who sat on the fence listening to Gish, and I am still on that fence. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Robert J. Bloem
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy :)
I'd never really listened to the Smashing Pumpkins before, and I was really excited for the album to arrive. It's very guitar driven, so I absolutely loved it. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Shadows-Smile
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated debut album
Gish is the debut album from Smashing Pumpkins, originally released in 1991. Like many I didn't come across Smashing Pumpkins until there second album, "Siamese Dream". Read more
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