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on 28 January 2000
This is my desert island disk. The sweetness and tranquility, the hardness and harnessed power. Unbelievable that this is b-sides and previously unreleased material, when in my opinion is their best work. Even if your not the biggest pumpkins fan (which I'm not, although siamese dream was pretty good) then this is one beautiful album.
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on 14 February 2003
This is, without a doubt the Pumpkins best release. Siamese Dream does come close, but the quality of these tracks is astonishing. They're b-sides!! but they're just so good. this album rocks in places, such as Frail & Bedazzled, (better than anything off Siamese) Hello Kitty Kat, (stupidly heavy) and especially Starla, (an 11-minute rock fest, with the most awesome guitar solo, and drum beat ever produced). The album can also be quiet, with opener Soothe, and (probably) the album highlight - Whir. Overall, the only weak track is closer, Spaced, which is just a little wierd, and glimpse of what was to come on the bloated and pretentious Mellon Collie. However, Spaced is at the end, so is easily skipped. You must buy this album, NOW!!
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on 13 June 2001
Pisces Iscariot is an amazing compliation of rare demos from the early days, material omitted from previous albums, live recordings from the BBC and new material. We open with Soothe, a personal track written by a teenage Billy Corgan in a squalid apartment and dug up for this album, full of meaning and acoustic brilliance. Frail and Bedazzled follows which was also written in a garage/apartment and is a mellow, but powerful rock song, typical of the Pumpkins. Plume is up next and was written in the same said apartment, with the lyrics thought up by Billy whilst waiting at an airport. This track is slow and mellow but in time the guitar riffs begin to peel off nicely. Whir then kicks off the nice happy, melodic, passive feel that the album carries on with several other tracks like Blew Away (with James on vocals), Spaced, Obscured and La Dolly Vita, tracks which Billy himself describes as "Frail and gentle". Pissant adds aggressive, growling, hard rock to the album, much in the style of Zero and is followed nicely by Hello Kitty Kat, a track which Billy reluctantly ommitted from Siamese Dream, and this is a pounding, driving rock track with solos to die for and layer upon layer of sound. Billy covers Stevie Nick's Landslide in a live recording at the BBC with John Peel for Radio 1, and is a romantic, tender and beautifal acoustic masterpiece. Also at the BBC was recorded was A Girl Named Sandoz, like Plume it is a slow but powerful rock track with heavy but slow paced riffs, once the slightly trippy Spaced has finished the album you get an overall package of excellence that represents the Pumpkins from their teenage angst years to the Siamese Dream era, and is a diverse collection of music and an essential album for anyone's collection.
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on 14 August 2012
Apart from being a great album, the box set provides a great insight into the Pumpkins. Complete with notes on each track by Billy, it's an essential and rewarding purchase.
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on 2 July 2014
great album
it is a really an enjoyable album set between grunge-heavy metal-pop and there is a song everyone will enjoy.
Too bad the pumpkins are no more
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on 24 December 2012
One of the beter albums, from the masters of heartbreak & missery. From the 1990's when music still had a heartbeat. A must for anyone with a broken heart.
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on 19 December 2014
Arrived in bits, but luckily cd unharmed. I have spare cases so was able to replace.
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