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Gish [Original recording reissued]

Smashing PumpkinsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, mostly thanks to the success of second and third albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. At the height of their fame they guest-starred in a memorable episode of The Simpsons.

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W6F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Am One
2. Siva
3. Rhinoceros
4. Bury Me
5. Crush
6. Suffer
7. Snail
8. Tristessa
9. Window Paine
10. Daydream

Editorial Reviews

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 flavor of "Rhinoceros" and "Window Paine." Gish predates the band's movement toward the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-'90s 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 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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1991 debut album from popular alternative rockers Smashing Pumpkins.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stepping stone to their future successes... August 23, 1998
Format:Audio CD
In all fairness though, this is still an excellent accomplishment from Billy Corgan and company. Yes, it is more guitar heavy than Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie, or Adore (Pisces Iscariot I didn't include because that covers all of the b-sides from Gish and Siamese Dream, therefore it isn't a good album to be used as a measure), but consider that all of their live shows are just like Gish in their raw guitar power, and when Gish was recorded the Smashing Pumpkins were still a relatively new band who only had experience on stage, not in the recording studio. I Am One, Siva, Bury Me, and Tristessa will get your speakers booming with their grinding rythms, while Suffer and Daydream seem to around the room on a wave of soft melodies. One cannot count out Rhinoceros though, for this one song captures the best of both types of SP songs. So, to pumpkins fans new and old who don't have this album, buy it for it's sheer artistry at a time when Nirvana and the "grunge" sound ruled the airwaves, but more so, buy it because it still stands out as a great accomplishment from the Smashing Pumpkins
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Word... Awesomeness November 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is for the boxed set...

I am a Huge Pumpkins fan so when this came out, I immediately preordered. Love that it was cheaper than the pumpkins website on amazon, plus $.99 in free mp3s, and free shipping, love me some prime.

Ok, so the boxes are sturdy cardboard boxes. Inside are some cool pics of the pumpkins from that time. There is a great color booklet in which Billy talks about each song and song lyrics. So happy to have this included in the set. There are 3 disc which you can see. Great remastering of Gish, and love getting demos and previously unreleased stuff. Disc 3 of the show is so cool, quality of the show is good.

Ok, so for those who say ... what $24 bucks Billy is just making himself rich, do the Math. 2 Discs of songs, including remastered original gish songs, and a show DVD. This is a great deal.

Great collection for a pumpkins fan. So much better than the music that is out today. These discs take me back to my high school days!
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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 (which often gets compared to Brian May - of Queen fame), 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.

The hard-driving rockers are interrupted for what are possibly the most ethereal, wispy, mood-inducing six minutes on the album: "Rhinoceros" is such a heavenly beauty, and is without a doubt, my favorite track on this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start for a great band October 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The smashing pumpkins were truly Billy Corgan on every instrument except drums when this album was released. Corgan's total control over the playing of this album is evident to anyone who ever saw him perform live before their Siamese Dream tour, or at least in the beginning of it. I think that the album is wonderful and is better than anything most bands have accomplished. Here is my song by song breakdown: I Am One- The song that addicts you to this album, it rocks and you know that the band does too. Siva-I love the rythmn guitar in this kinda wants to rock even more than it does the whole time and pulls the listener along with it.("I just wanna get there faster.") The exit from the soft lyrics back into the guitar driven song is fantastic. Rhinoceros-I kinda skipped over this one the first time I heard the album so many years ago. Then this cool girl I know mentioned it to me and I listened and it quickly went to the top of my list. Don't know if it is the song or the girl. Bury Me-Great song that gets by being scratchy cause of some creative adjustment on the guitar by Billy. His solo before he wails out "She bury me" is really good. Is worth the whole song right there. Crush-I'm not sure what the band thought of this one, I love it. If this song ever gets associated with an event in your life it will forever define that event. It has a lot of emotion. I feel his lyrics here are some of the most sincere of the album. Suffer-Chill song that neither impresses nor repels. I am ambivalent on this one. The end of the song seems promising but never materializes. Snail-Another one that I skipped over on first play... Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 16 days ago by mayor meeks
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's baby
Born 1988, I know, I was a true kid growing up in the 90's. I was not listening to this at the height of the popularity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Amalfitano
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
Arrived in very good condition and highly recommended. A great cd and walk down memory lane if you were a teen in the 90's.
Published 3 months ago by Sabrina Brotherton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great early Pumpkins rock. I do enjoy the older over the new and this fits the bill perfectly. Good CD to have.
Published 4 months ago by K D W
5.0 out of 5 stars Gish you a copy today.
Because the Pumpkins changed the game with this release. Soft, hard, octave rock. They know how to Kuck it out.
Published 5 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I remember getting this album in early 90's and loved it alot then, It only gets better with age. One of the Top 3 of their albums..... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on vinyl
Aside from sounding great on vinyl, this is probably my favorite Pumpkins album. For me, Pumpkins had 3 great albums: Gish, Pisces Iscariot, and Siamese Dream. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sly Piggle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of my favorite albums of all time. Typical pumpkins-- very dynamic; heavy, soft, melodic, etc. This is more of an instrumentally geared album compared to their later... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Randelius
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats....
Perfect album for any mood....One of the best albums to come out in the 90's... Still great to this day!
Published 6 months ago by tomboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Collection
This was one of the many CDs on the Christmas list of my 16 year old daughter. She loves music loves this CD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lora Cole
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