Gish (Deluxe Edition) Original recording remastered
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Often overshadowed by Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, Gish is an achievement in psychedelic alt rock. Read morePublished 7 months ago by andrewface
One of the greatest albums ever made by one of the greatest bands!!!Published 17 months ago by Alex Douc
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 morePublished on Jan. 17 2012 by RyanJ
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 morePublished on July 10 2010 by Joel Andrews
Awesome smashing pumpkins record. It does a good job at showcasing the heavier, more jagged side of Billy's vocals. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2009 by JonRog
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 morePublished on April 7 2004 by stillravenmad
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Chaklader N Jamal