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Gish

Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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1. I Am One
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4. Bury Me
5. Crush
6. Suffer
7. Snail
8. Tristessa
9. Window Paine
10. Daydream

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Upon the release of Gish--the group's debut--in the summer of 1991, more than one rock aficionado hailed the Smashing Pumpkins as the best band to come out of Chicago since Ministry. A bold statement, yes, but one backed up by Billy Corgan's Hendrix-like riffs and searing signature guitar tone. Intriguing songwriting is evidenced from the start as well, with the driving, amped-up rock of "I Am One", "Siva", and "Tristessa" contrasted with the soothingly eerie psychedelic flavour of "Rhinoceros" and "Window Paine". Gish predates the band's movement towards the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-1990s works, yet the seeds for this transition are definitely apparent. Electro guru Tricky even sampled the backbeat from "Suffer" in the tributary "Pumpkin" on his sex-soaked Maxinquaye. Butch Vig (Garbage) shows off his chops as producer and cultivates signature dramatic moods on Gish, which helped put the Smashing Pumpkins on the map as one of the most important alt-rock bands of the '90s--much to the delight of the decade's disenfranchised youth. --Brad Zinser

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition of the Alt-Rock quartet's 1991 debut album. Features the original album remastered plus a bonus CD consisting of 15 previously unreleased or alternate versions of Gish era songs, a bonus DVD containing a previously unreleased 1990 live show from The Metro, six postcards featuring never-before-seen band photos and a 24 page booklet with lyrics, liner notes and track by track annotations by Billy Corgan. Features 'I Am One', 'Rhinoceros', 'Siva' and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pumpkins are Smashing on this debut! Oct. 6 2004
By JG
Format:Audio CD
Gish is one of those rare, amazing debuts from a band. One of a few landmark grunge albums to be released in 1991, this one has the least coverage. Released a month before Nirvana's Nevermind, this is the last grunge album to be released when grunge was still an underground phenomenon. And what a great disc to end the period with.
Musically, this is where the roots of everything SP would cover lie. From hard rocking "Siva", to dreamy acoustic guitars (the underated "Crush"). And the melodic mid-tempo numbers "Snail". Though all the songs are of very good quality, these three are the standouts, along with (of course) "Rhinoceros". Also good is the psychedelic "Window Paine" and the nice ender "Daydream" sung by D'Arcy.
Lyrically, Corgan is taking his babysteps here. Though some of Corgan's catchiest lyrics are found on here. Please don't tell me that after listening to Rhinoceros, you haven't found yourself singing "and she knows, she knows, she knows." to yourself!
This album is not Smashing Pumpkins' best, but it is an amazing debut without a doubt. This is for sure one of the best grunge albums of the time. It might take some time to get into this album, but once you get hooked on one song, without a doubt you'll get hooked by the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just smashing May 30 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
They're better known for the sprawling double-disc "Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness," but the Smashing Pumpkins first leaped onto the scene with "Gish." It's not as epic as some of their later material, but still a vibrant, musically-polished album, and one that has the flavor of experience on the first time around.
Kicking off with the undulating riffs of the excellent "I Am One," the Pumpkins slip effortlessly between multilayered hard rock (the mind-blowing "Siva," the magnificent bass-sputtering "Tristessa," the panoramic "Snail") and haunting ballads ("Rhinoceros," the vaguely psychedelic "Crush," the sweeping "Suffer") before wrapping up with the eerie "Daydream."
It's a rare band whose music can still be so relevant so long after it first came out -- let alone still being a voice for the disillusioned. Originally released in 1991, "Gish" definitely established the Smashing Pumpkins as a musical force of genuine artistry, talented songwriting and musical integrity. It's hard enough to find one of those, let alone three.
The grinding, kinetic guitars and bass in the harder songs form a wall of solid sound, except in "Siva" -- there, the sound keeps dying away to complete silence, before reviving with a swirling roar when you least expect it. At the same time, Corgan tones down the guitars to a gentle acoustic strum in the more balladic songs. Jimmy Chamberlin's lightning-fast drumming is an excellent accompaniment, as is D'Arcy's bass.
As a songwriter, few rockers can parallel Billy Corgan; his songwriting has the quality of poetry set to rock, which aren't things you generally see together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Was Beautiful, Too. May 7 2004
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
Here is The Smashing Pumpkins' full-length debut album from 1991. The Pumpkins' sound here displays what we would come to expect from the gang: heavy, searing, multi-tracked guitars (a technique which often superficially gets compared to Jimmy Page and Brian May - of Led Zeppelin and Queen fame, respectively), melancholic, dreamy soundscapes and lyrics, contrasts from heavy sounds to soft sounds. However, these are the beginning stages of what would fully blossom on later efforts like 1993's _Siamese Dream_, and 1995's _Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness_. While the heavy tracks feature the ethereal wall-of-sound that the Pumpkins are known for, this heaviness is not as full, lush, and oceanic as it would become on aforementioned following discs, but you can hear where the band was headed.
However, when taken as it is -- an album showing the band in it's earliest stages -- _Gish_ is an excellent, highly enjoyable album. It is hardly a disappointing album -- far, far from it. The Pumpkins' amalgamation of heavy (but melodic and dreamy) rockers and dreamy, atmospheric, psychedelic-tinged mellow tracks appear here, giving ample proof that the Pumpkins didn't necessarily change their sound over the years, but rather refined it. "I Am One" and "Siva" open up the album on hard-driving notes. The former could be heard on alternative rock radio stations, even to this day. Do you think that because The Smashing Pumpkins made hard-rockers, they used nothing more than simple power chords? Well, both these tracks feature arpeggiated chords that are beyond simple.
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By liannai
Format:Audio CD
..this album shows it. "Gish" was released in 1991, and sadly, was eclipsed by the release of Nirvana's "Nevermind" knocking the Pumpkins back a bit. But that surely didn't stop the band, as they went on to relase such amazing works as "Siamese Dream" and "Mellon Collie" in later years. "Gish" is an power assault on the ears, nice crunchy guitars, with haunting vocals by Billy Corgan, and one track ("Daydream") featuring the bassist, D'Arcy on lead vocals. The band proved to be both experimental and unique, tying in hardcore rockers like "Siva" with the soft gently, trippy sound of songs like "Snail" and "Crush". Here, the Pumpkins perfect their loud-soft dynamic, especially on songs like "Rhinocerous" (great flanger effect on the guitar here) and of course "Daydream" which even features, yes, a cello! "I Am One" has the best drum intro, proving Jimmy Chamberlain a drum god, while "Siva" the first single, shows Billy and James' amazing chemistry and guitarwork. "Rhinocerous" is a slow rocker, that builds up in the middle, one of my all time favorites - was released as the second single for this album and was also featured on the E.P. "Lull" issued in 1992. "Bury Me" is just awesome, if not trippy at times.. and there are some really awesome guitar licks in this song right before the end where Billy sings "She will bury me". "Crush" is another favorite, which begins with a scale on the bass, a slow, trippy, beautiful song. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars High End Quality ... Without the Price
Received my order with the recently reissued 180 gm version of Gish. At first, I thought the reissued colour obtuse, but upon second thought, it's a good way of distinguishing the... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2012 by RyanJ
5.0 out of 5 stars By far my favorite Pumpkins album.
By far my favorite Album from the Smashing Pumpkins, so full of energy and groove, you can't help but like it. I ended up ordering two copies! Read more
Published on July 10 2010 by Joel Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gish Review
Awesome smashing pumpkins record. It does a good job at showcasing the heavier, more jagged side of Billy's vocals. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2009 by JonRog
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
As a huge Pumpkins fan, I would say that Gish is a strong album with some good songs. I'd even say that, for most bands, an album like that would be their best album. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by stillravenmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Best SM CD
well like many of you i heard of smashing pumpkin's '1979' and i loved them. the video was great but i didnt know much about the pumpkins really. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Chaklader N Jamal
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing.
For anyone who is willing to call Smashing Pumpkins just another angsty rock band of the 90's, Gish without a doubt proves them completely wrong. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing debut.
For an early album, Gish is spectacular. If you're a big fan of Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie, you'll enjoy much of Gish, incluidng "Rhinocerous," which has probably... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Aron Hsiao
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro to the Pumpkins...But...I suggest SD +MCIS first
I don't mean to commit Pumpkins blasphemy, but I never really adored this album. For starters, it was too short and it featured a hybrid of loud physcadellic(can't spell... Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by lUKE wORLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut.
Man I'm glad this came out when it did. I remember hearing "Rhinoceros" for the first time, and knowing at that moment they would become a favorite band. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by H3@+h
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