Dinosaur Jr Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, March 22, 2005
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20 years later and "Dinosaur" is not stale. Enjoy.
This really is a treat to have on CD, though it isn't as good as YLAOM...it really is an original effort with interesting guitar tricks fom J and interesting genre mixing in all of the songs. It's almost folk in some songs, there's metal riffs,some screaming, weird psychadelic tricks, hints of new-wave and use of casios(though where it is found is unknown). The best songs= "Forget the Swan", the heavy and interesting "The Leper", the folky "Cats in the Bowl", the single "Repulsion", the metal driven and quite humorous "Mountain Man", and "Does it Float".
This took me a few weeks to really like, but when it came to me. It really was excellent and I realized "Dinosaur" is really unique and a really creative effort. Almost five stars.
Despite this, it includes several classic Dinosaur tunes and live favourites and seems to prove that Mascis' songwriting skill arrived fully-formed, if not his instrumental performance. "Repulsion", "Severed Lips" and the brooding "Quest" (with the personality-defining chorus of "Why won't you be my friend?") are all brilliant songs despite the sonic shortcomings of the recording. Other highlights sound more like Lou's contributions, or group efforts at the very least, and "Forget The Swan" comes off as possibly the best track on the record. It's certainly one of the most effective songs in their post-reunion live set, and is usually played with just the confidence and aggression the studio version lacks. Lou's influence can also be heard on "Gargoyle" and "Mountain Man" - both successes, exemplifying the clash of influences in Dinosaur Jr's genetic make-up: hardcore punk's aggressive catchiness, the pure noise of Hendrix-esque wild soloing, and more than a dash of post-punk's angular restraint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is where it all began, where J, Lou, and Murph started what J liked to call "ear-bleeding country. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kirk A. Gauthier
Great album. Its great to hear the band in its infancy. You can really see the progress they made once you listen to their second record.Published 11 months ago by Scott Grady
Fast delivery for my husband. This is part of his Christmas list of rare CDs he's been looking for.Published 14 months ago by Susan Ohnysty
Always nice to throw away this awful cassette and to listen to the cd-quality. It brought back my youth. I love you Jay...Published on February 10, 2013 by Kurt Geeraerts
Although this is technically considered Dinosaur Jr's self titled debut album, the original title and name of the band was just Dinosaur, until they were sued and forced to change... Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Scott Lancaster
Good first album from Dinosaur Jr! True beginnings for Mascis and Barlow. However I assumed the re-master, would have sound a lot better, that was the whole reason why I purchased... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by J.Krakow
Dinosaur Jr are about my favorite band, right up there with Meat Puppets, and this album, to me, is their best output. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Music Fanatic
Note: This band now known as Dinosaur Jr. was simply known as Dinosaur on their first album. I will, however, refer to them as Dinosaur Jr. for the review to avoid confusion. Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by Nick S
I suppose it is typical for a first release to be under-appreciated and, perhaps more importantly, under-promoted. Read morePublished on December 28, 2005 by voook