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Gish

November 29, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 25, 2011
  • Release Date: November 25, 2011
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 45:59
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  • ASIN: B0064Z72FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I think it is one of the best rock albums of all time.
cityhawk
Buy this album and buy it now, whether you are a Pumpkins fan or not, because you more than likely have never heard any of these songs before.
Casey
Here is The Smashing Pumpkins' full-length debut album from 1991.
Samhot

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AvaAdore@altavista.net on 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The Chupacabra on 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 By Samhot on May 7, 2004
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 By Zen Station on September 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
And I don't view that as any kind of a hyperbole. No matter how you put it, the Pumpkins stand out on their own. Once I was listening to some of the songs on the first Pumpkins show, and it seems like by the time that they released this that they were just releasing amazing stuff. As for the thing about them being the best Chicago band since Ministry, I almost completely agree. And while I love that band, I happen to think that these guys put Al Jourgensen to shame. That says a lot, doesn't it? Well, for one thing, that's just my opinion.

A good thing about noting with this album is that most people seem to think that the band had two great recordings, "Siamese Dream" and "MCIS". Those are exceptional records that are actually a little bit better, but to me, not by much. If you like the hard-rock side of the Pumpkins than these three are a very good first buy ("Adore" if you like the more full-blown goth). This album has the psychedelia, metal, goth, and lots of other elements. After releasing singles from Limited Potential and Sub Pop, where do they go next? Instead of going for major label immediately, they went on Caroline. Also, if you found the lyrics on later works to be too self-obsessed (I really didn't), this is better for you because there aren't too many major themes on "Gish". It's a lot more of a humble record than it seems.

It is also clear that you hear the sound of an actual band on this album that you don't hear quite as much on future SP albums. "I Am One" even has a bass solo from D'arcy! That song shows where the band was at this point and it was really a good sign of how they could jam out. If anyone wants to prove someone that all of the band members were really talented musically, this would be the track to do that with.
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