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Pisces Iscariot [Best of, Explicit Lyrics]

Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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1. Soothe
2. Frail And Bedazzled
3. Plume
4. Whir
5. Blew Away
6. Pissant
7. Hello Kitty Kat
8. Obscured
9. Landslide
10. Starla
11. Blue
12. Girl Named Sandoz
13. La Dolly Vita
14. Spaced

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The Smashing Pumpkins are a big rock band, molded by leader Billy Corgan after stadium and progressive rock giants from the Seventies. As such it's only fitting that after only two albums they would release a collection of B-sides. The result, Pisces Iscariot, is not only a good compendium to their other work, but it's a very good record in its own right. Most of the 14 tracks follow the Pumpkins' blueprint, traveling sonically from soft to loud and back again. Among the slew of originals previously available on singles and imports is a hauntingly beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." Surprisingly there's less fat here than on 1995's bloated Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. --Greg Emmanuel

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-sides sound great July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that a disc made up of B-sides would be this good. Most bands just throw away their B-side material, so unless you picked up the singles, fuhgeddaboudit. Not Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan and crew churned out music on a level not seen since the '70s, when bands built their reputations on tours and constantly playing and recording, not stringing people along with a handful of videos from one album. In fact, they'd later up the ante with the "Aeroplane Flies High" box set.
Anyway, this disc has some classic Pumpkins moments that shouldn't be ignored just because they're not on a "proper" album. "Landslide," the Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac cover, was a moderate hit, being the only song from this disc that made it to radio. But all the songs are good, and follow the traditional Pumpkins formula of quiet, introspective numbers and distortion-laden rock fests. "Pissant," "Plume," "Frail and Bedazzled," and "Soothe" are all great, but "Starla" is probably the centerpiece of this disc. The song plunges through the first couple of minutes as one of their best straight-up rockers before pummeling you with some riff-heavy jamming. This song was also very popular among fans, apparently. I ended up adopting a cat named after this song, and some neighbors of mine also had a cat named Starla, with the same story behind her name. Kind of scary, if you ask me, but if a band can have that much impact on their fans, more power to 'em.
Finally, I have to mention the liner notes on this. The pictures, the haphazard typewriter font on the impossibly thin paper...it all adds up to kind of a slipshod package if you ask me, but it works perfectly on a B-side collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Pumpkin May 2 2004
By sasa
Format:Audio CD
Hello,... This album is gold for all rock loving teens, it does not matter if you are a pumpkinhead or not, this album is a sure thing. Let's kick off with an opener Soothe...soothe, gentle, acoustic and sad, a great start to the album. Then we have frail and Bedazzeled, which get's us rocking, great song. Plume comes in number 3, but I can not realy make up my mind about it, so let's leave it alone (interesting riff).If you like James Iha's Let it come down, you will just adore Whir (Billy sings, but sounds like an Iha song) Blew away features Iha on vocals, it is mostly an acoustic song, accept it gets siamese dream kind of guitar distortion at the end. I can't decide on the next one... Pissant...Hmmm...Lyrics were wriiten in 10 minutes and that shows, nad Pissant was recorded live, all in all a cool punk song (I gues). Hello kity kat folowes Pissant punk orientation, but with great riffs, pasive-agresive lyrics,and a funny title comes close to perfection, but the mix isn't as good, but a great song anyways. Obscured is on number 8, it should be on Lull, but was droped and put here...an old pumpkin song, from there first days...pure gold for pumpkinheds. Obscured is folowed by another acoustic song Landslide...what to say? Simply beautiful song. At door number 10, it is .... Starla!!! By my judgement the best song on the album, one of pumpkins best work. It goes on for 11 minutes and leaves you dazzeled at the end of a 5 min guitar solo. Next one is another old song from Lull, Blue... it has a great bass intro, and i love it, as i love Girl named Sandoz. There is something about this song that remindes me on John Spencers sound, it is diffrent and great. We are closing in on the album, it is not over yet. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completes the "Gish"/"Siamese Dream" trilogy. Sept. 7 2003
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
If you're someone like me, who believes the first two albums are the "Pumpkins" best, than you must get this cd. It may not run quite as smooth, but it's every bit as good as my favorite disc "Gish", and "Siamese Dream". Not knowing this album, is like not seeing one movie in a trilogy. Rockers and ballads together in perfect harmony. I wish bands today had A-sides that were this good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old stuff May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Hello,... This album is gold and it does not matter if you are in pumpkins or not . Let's kick off with Soothe it is gentle, acoustic and a great start to the album. Frail and Bedazzeled, get's a Skunk kind of sound an it is a rocking, great song. Plume comes in number 3 and has an interesting.Whirr is a acousic, gentle song. Blew away is a Iha song, it is mostly a slow song, accept it gets rocking at the end. Pissant shows a punk song orientation. Hello kity kat continues rocking with great riffs and lyrics,and a funny title is perfect,.Obscured is on number 8, it should be on Lull, but it is here. Obscured is folowed by acoustic song Landslide... beautiful song. Number 10, it is Starla, The best song on the album, one of pumpkins best . Next one is another old song from Lull, Blue... it has a bass intro, and i love it, and so i love Girl named Sandoz... La dolly vita is another great song, that sounds, like Gish album. After that there is a weird finish to the album with Spaced, which is to bad to review. Well, that this is it, buy the album ... till next time... rock on
S.J.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early 90's Pumpkins destroy the universe Dec 25 2003
By J
Format:Audio CD
Billy Corgan...was there a more prolific songwriter of the 90's? For a guy that wrote 300+ songs in a decade (yeah, it's true) it's hard to say no. Back early in the game with only two albums to their name the Pumpkins put out this excellent collection of B-sides in 1994 (and it wasn't even close to a complete collection, where's Purr Snickety or Glynis or ....?). And the scary thing? There really isn't much pure filler here. A lot of these could have been A-Sides. Hell, a lot of them SHOULD have been A-Sides. With B-side collections you usually get an album with two or three good songs and then about 10 half-baked ideas. That's not the case here. This album runs the course from moments of beauty (the opener 'Soothe', the cover of 'Landslide') to furious rockers (the excellent one-two punch of 'Pissant' and 'Hello Kitty Kat'). With this release you can tell that the band (young at that point in time) was really having fun in the studio (something they lacked on later releases). Tracks such as 'Frail and Bedazzled' seethe with youthful exhuburance and the attitude is contagious. Sure, there are some tunes that don't altogether work; their take on'Girl Named Sandoz' exchanges manic soloing for an actual tune while 'Whir' floats gently down the stream without ever really catching hold, but contained on the album are many excellent tracks as well as two absolute astonishing numbers. The first of these two is 'Obscured', a dream-like song that hovers around your ears without ever quite falling in. It's one of those wonderful 'shoulda made the album' type of songs that you'll want to put on repeat. The second of the two is 'Starla', an epic 10+ minute song that begins softly before building into a sonic freakout. The band rocks out here like they're fighting for something they believe in. Back in '94 they were a band with something to prove and with this song, they did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iscariot Vinyl
Love the remaster and the yellow vinyl. Nothing too special but nice to own as it's a mellower album and the mellow yellow is very fitting.
Published 19 months ago by karl probst
3.0 out of 5 stars I am liking the deluxe sets
One of my all time favourite smashing pumpkins releases. I usually don't buy into the re-releases but this band has been a favourite of mine since the beginning and I could not... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chris Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Can never go wrong with SP.....
I'm so very excited about all the reissues, considering pisces wasn't even supposed to be an album to begin with then the reissuing of it was even better!! Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2012 by So0tnst*rs
5.0 out of 5 stars never found a better B-side
other bands arn't fit to wipe [the floor]. a masterpiece of music. sure, no great hits but alot of awesme meaningful lyrics like from the song BLUE and Starla. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by kurtcobainwannabee
4.0 out of 5 stars Stacks up pretty well to the Pumpkins' great albums
Yes, Pisces Iscariot is a B-sides collection, and no, it doesn't flow as well as a typical Pumpkins album, and no, the songs aren't as classic as most of their material, but the... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by pb
4.0 out of 5 stars B-side heaven exudes a heavenly delight:)
For starters, the opening track "Soothe" always brings tears to my heart and eyes. When a sparse three minute song has the power to take command of your emotions at the... Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by lUKE wORLE
2.0 out of 5 stars sadly it's their weakest album
Filling the whole album with outtakes from "Gish" and "siamese dream" could be a great idea but the songs from here are lacking of originality and their... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003 by Mike Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Powerful, the REAL Pumpkins
When I was about 12 years old I asked my parents to get me a Smashing Pumpkins CD for Christmas. I was hoping to get Siamese Dream, but for some reason they picked this one up. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by Eric B Herzberg
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