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Pisces Iscariot (2012 - Remaster) [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

16 July 2012 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: Pisces Iscariot
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 July 2012
  • Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Label: Virgin Records America
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 57:19
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B008JADOR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,381 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
There's nothing quite like Billy Corgan! Here is a man with such song-writing talents that he is able to release 'frail and bedazzled' on a collection of b-sides. Nine times out of ten when a band releases a collection like this between albums the contents are embarrassing, but not in this case. If you aren't won over by the sheer elegant beauty of 'soothe' then, quite simply, the Smashing Pumpkins can never be the band for you. James Iha gets his chance on 'blew away' and, surprisingly, creates a song worthy of the great man himself and even adds something to the mix by singing it himself in his soft, hypnotic way. The only criticism would be as to why some these tear-inducing songs didn't find their way onto any of the pumpkin's five albums. Oh well, there's a perfectionist eccentric for you. A stormingly understated album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "tristessa560" on 2 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Pices Iscariot was first released in 1994, a year after their break through album Siamese Dream, and comprises of 14 songs that were recorded during the sessions for Siamese Dream as well as their first album Gish yet were never included in the final cut. In most cases, b side albums are often scrappy, disjointed and all round lacking coherence. However, Pices Iscariot is different. This is an amazing album and a rare instance where the majority of tracks sound nothing at all like b sides, the quality of the song writing is simply too strong. The album opens with a surprisingly sombre 'Soothe' recorded with just Billy and an acoustic guitar. 'Frail and Bedazzled' is straight up Siamese Dream rock, energetic and catchy. 'Plume' is another Siamese Dream outake, where fuzzy distorion takes the primal focus of the song, yet in complete contrast 'Whir' is a beautiful and touching acoustic song with Billy's trademark vocal performance, 'Blew Away' is another great song written and sung entirely by James, which is always great to hear as he is a very talented song writer which is often overlooked by many jaded fans. 'Pissant' is a rare live performance cut with its roaring guitars and amazing drumming from Jimmy, which is further demonstarted in the upbeat 'Hello Kitty Kat'. 'Obscured' is another gorgeous acoustic track, however it is the stunning Stevie Nicks cover of 'Landslide' that remains my favourite track on the album. The next track 'Starla' is an 11 minute epic with begins with a beautiful guitar riff which out of nowhere launches into full on distorion and dazzling solo work from Billy and James. 'Blue' is a Gish outake which includes one of my favourite bass lines from Darcy, simple yet effective.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sallywallner@aol.com on 19 May 2001
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This is a collection of some of the most personal songs written by Billy Corgan. The album has a completely different mood to the earlier Siamese Dream, and Gish.
Most of the songs are early b-sides and out-takes. My favourite song is definitely the opening Soothe, a quiet and reflective song. The album progresses surprisingly well, there are several styles represented. Everything from full on pumpkin rock (starla), to glistening tearful music (Whir) can be found here.
I highly reccomend this album to any pumpkin/ or non-pumpkin fan, as it differs greatly from their other work. It opens up a completely different side to the Smashing Pumpkins, unknown to many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "luke3933" on 2 Nov. 2003
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The pumpkins have always turned out quality records,but i always think you can tell how good a band is by the B-sides.
"soothe" is a slow acoustic masterpice,"frail & bedazzled" is a punky rocker with and awsome swirly riff,"whir" is probably the best track on the album annoyingly catchy acoustic riff.
About 12 of the songs on here are up with anything of other pumpkins records(and would be some bands best hits.It amazes me how people talk about Nirvana(who i love to)being the best alt-rock band of the 90s,for me the pumpkins are up with them,and this is just another shinning example why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1999
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Pisces Iscariot starts with the song 'soothe' it's such a beautiful song and truly reduces me to tears...there is something more in the song than there usually is in songs of this calibre. This album is good enough to have been a real album in it's own right instead of b-sides (i know what i mean.) With rocky songs like Frail and Bedazzled (a tribute to skunk) and Blue this album is for those who like to rock and also those who recognise the true beauty of Pumpkins Music. My favourites on this album are soothe, frail and bedazzled, obscured and the wonder of Le Dolly Vita. I really do love this album. It is worth buying even if you do not like the Pumpkins
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I think it was possibly John Peel who once said that the sign of a great band are 2 things: how they play live and how good their b-sides are. I unfortunately cannot vouch for the former but, with Pices Iscariot, I can wholeheartedly agree with the latter. This is a collection of b-sides and unreleases material that spanned their career at the time. The strange thing is that it all works so perfectly as a collection of tracks in its own right and also sounds completely different from any other SP release.

I would urge any fan or newcomer to the band to add this as an essential part of their back catalogue as it is that good. It all kicks off with one of the most mellow and beautiful songs ever, 'Soothe', which then is followed by more of a party tune in 'Frail & Bedazzled', both excellent pieces of music. 'Plume' is down-tuned genius and 'Whir' and 'Blew Away' are the sort of top-notch ballads that SP can just DO. 'Pissant' and 'Hello Kitty Kat' are ok but a bit on the throwaway side, more punky and raw with no real tune. 'Obscured' is another phenomenal soundscape that evokes dreams of flying and the Fleetwood Mac cover, 'Landslide' fits perfectly into the preceedings. It's also an awesome cover. The 4 tracks that follow are a bit hit and miss. 'Starla' is good but at 11 minutes plus it does ramble somewhat. 'Blue' is another ok track but doesn't inspire as much as the others. The Animals' cover feels slightly out of place. And 'La Dolly Vita' finish things off in true alternative style.

Not perfect but the majority of tracks are of such a high quality that it doesn't matter about the ones that don't work. Essential.
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