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Dinosaur Jr Original recording remastered

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Dinosaur Jr.'s first three albums 'Dinosaur,' 'You're Living All Over Me' and 'Bug ' were all previously released by the Homestead and SST labels. The CDs have been remastered and include a smattering of bonus tracks and rare photos. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Mike Watt and Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard contributed to new liner notes. Merge. 2005.

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When Dinosaur’s first record was released in 1985, it didn’t make much of a stir. This is understandable, and not because the album is a bit of a sprawling mess, because it’s a pretty great sprawling mess. It’s simply that much of the point of punk had been to "cut out the guitar solos," to quote the Minutemen. Punk rock was in a strange morphing phase in the mid '80s, and, with the exception of Meat Puppets and Otto’s Chemical Lounge, few folks had thought to graft the laconic and woozy sounds of mid '70s rock with the frenetic energy of hardcore (guitarist/ singer J. Mascis had played drums amazingly well in the band Deep Wound). When the label released the album’s best song, the frazzled and distorted "Repulsion," as a single, they started to get college radio play. The band’s far more cohesive followup, '87’s phenomenal You’re Living All Over Me, would prove to be a major blueprint for alt-rock and grunge. Don’t overlook this debut; the slacker-y, adolescent ode "Severed Lips" might be J.’s finest slow jam ever, and when you hear Lou Barlow sing lead on "Forget the Swan," you’ll really wish the two had gotten along better and collaborated more. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bulbs of Passion
  2. Forget the Swan
  3. Cats in a Bowl
  4. The Leper
  5. Does It Float
  6. Pointless
  7. Repulsion
  8. Gargoyle
  9. Severed Lips
  10. Mountain Man
  11. Quest
  12. Does It Float [Live]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0007NMKAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Would you believe I just asked my friend the other day if this would EVER get re-issued on cd?? If you are this far then I assume you like great independent music. If that's the case, then just go ahead and "One-Click" this cornerstone. I was a college dj when this album came into our station. At the time I was heavily into British music (punk, metal, ska, oi, The Smiths, The Jam, Bauhaus, Alarm,Joy Division, etc...). I thought that the only thing American music was good for anymore was the Ramones, Social Distortion, DK, Metallica, rockabilly and hardcore. Well "Dinosaur," as it was called at the time, opened my ears to a whole NEW U.S.A. scene that featured Husker Du & The Flaming Lips. Like I needed more bands to follow. Looking back, I think you would agree, it was all worth it. I don't remember being bored with one song on this lp and the b-side to my single was good too = this cd is a 5 star.

20 years later and "Dinosaur" is not stale. Enjoy.
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This is it...the first Dinosaur release all reissued even with one or two bonus track(s). I don't really know because I've never seen the original version of this album. "Bulbs of Passion" is a rare song that wasn't on the original album, but I also think the "Does it Float"(live version) is a bonus track too.

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.
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If you missed this album's first release, or didn't know that Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Sentridoh, Folk Implosion) and J Mascis used to jam together back in the day, buy this CD! The first two albums this unit released as Dinosaur (later re-issued as Dinosaur Jr.) have been highly influential to what's now become two generations of punk and indie rockers. You must find a place for this disk in your collection! P.S. Listeners to this album should check out Lou's devotional, "The Freed Pig" on Sebadoh III.
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I'm almost sad that this got re-issued because I really loved blowing the minds of Dinosaur Jr. fans by playing this album for them. This was actually before the band was Dinosaur Jr. and was just Dinosaur. Sure, it's not as good an overall album as YLAOM or Bug, but there are four or five cuts on here that are up with their best songs. Particulary "Forget the Swan". A must have for any Mascis fan.
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By A Customer on December 1, 1999
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You cannot beat this album! If you are a dinosaur fan and do not own this, do it now! Going throughout life without hearing the beauty of dinosaur at their finest is a crying shame.
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This albumn rocks!! Both Lou Barlow and J Mascis are awesome on this albumn and all of thier influences really show through. Its so raw and bass-heavy. This is what indie-alternative is supposed to sound like.
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A Kid's Review on October 23, 2006
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I love this cd, its deep and scavangers your soul highlighting raw emotions, lot of good rythms and lyrics are pleasing, unique and to the heart.
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The debut offering from Dinosaur Jr (then called simply "Dinosaur") is generally perceived to be an unfocused affair, albeit one which exhibits plenty of potential and includes some genuinely great material in its own right. I tend to agree. The three-piece were very young when they cut this, and it shows in the slightly apprehensive vocal delivery (from both J and Lou) and the muddled production - they seem unsure just what instrument should lead the charge, despite some decent guitar work signalling the future and displaying the talent of the now iconic Mr Mascis.

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.
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