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Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]

Smashing PumpkinsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 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 (November 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B005MW8CUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Cherub rock
2. Quiet
3. Today
4. Hummer
5. Rocket
6. Disarm
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pissant (siamese sessions rough mix)
2. Siamese dream (broadway rehearsals demo)
3. STP (rehearsal demo)
4. Frail and bedazzled (soundworks demo)
5. Luna (apartment demo)
6. Quiet (bbc session/bc mix)
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Rocket (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
2. Quiet (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
3. Today (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
4. Rhinoceros (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
5. Geek U.S.A. (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
6. Soma (Live At The Metro, Chicago, 8/14/93) [DVD]
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Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition of this 1993 album from the Alt-Rock band led by Billy Corgan. Features the remastered version of the original album plus a bonus CD consisting of 17 previously unreleased or alternate versions of Siamese Dream era songs, a DVD containing a previously unreleased 1993 live show from The Metro, 13 postcards featuring original album collages and a 24 page booklet that includes lyrics, photos, liner notes and track-by-track annotations by Corgan.

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Corgan and His Way May 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have not been on the Smashing Pumpkins bandwagon for long. I missed the albums when they first hit; hell, the first song I heard by them was "Tonight, Tonight" from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Needless to say, I had some catching up to do. Thankfully, that catching up included listening to this album, which I now consider a seminal/pivotal/simply amazing point in rock history. Billy Corgan does away with pretension by twisting it into glorious rock anthems and beautiful alt-pop. The kicker is that, while people wrote them off as depressionists, almost every moment on this CD can be compared with euphoric joy. Even in moments of rage, the beauty of the music shines through. Straight-out rockers such as "Geek U.S.A." and "Quiet" are singular yet grand in their guitar riffs, creating a near-primal feeling. Softer numbers such as "Spaceboy", "Disarm", and "Mayonaise" cause reflection and introspection on the listener's part, creating a more balanced record. The true killers on this album, though, are "Today' and "Soma". The first is the most melodic alternative rock ever written, while the second is the most sobering alt-rock ever written. In closing, while the Pumpkins may not be sure who they are anymore, I'll always love them for who they were.
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure shoegazer-alt bliss. February 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness was more ambitious and diverse, Siamese Dream is arguably the best album in the Smashing Pumpkins catalog.

In 1993, the Smashing Pumpkins were probably one of the most original bands of the alternative scene. With incredible soundscapes of guitar distortion, Billy Corgan's impassioned and ethereal vocals, and Jimmy Chamberlain's excellent drumming, these guys had a sound that was nothing like any alternative band of the time. Only My Bloody Valentine's Loveless (released in 1991) with its similar guitar-dominated sound could be considered as an influence, but Siamese Dream has its own distinct impact.

My, what a sound. Billy Corgan sounds better here than any other Pumpkins album--on later albums he sounded whiny; here he sounds obscure yet not overly shrill. The guitar playing is incredible (listen to the outro of Rocket) and the music grabs you by the collar and takes you in with its sweeping power.

Cherub Rock, with its slowly building opening leading to a bombastic arena rocker, is the perfect start to this album. After that, the double hit of Quiet and Today provides immense satisfaction. After Hummer and Rocket pass by leaving their audio imprint on you, the mood takes a sudden turn with the orchestral and haunting ballad Disarm which leads into the soft rock of Soma. The white-hot rage of Geek USA quickly rips through your ears before yielding to two more wonderful ballads--Mayonaise and Spaceboy. After that, the loud and powerful Silverf--k takes over. Finally, the album ends on a whisper with Sweet Sweet and Luna.

You won't be tempted to skip through a single track. Although future efforts were more ambitious, the Smashing Pumpkins never made an album this flawless again. You can't lose by adding this one to your collection.

..By the way, there's nothing really "explicit" about the lyrics. Even Silverf--k contains no profanity, except for the barely audible interludes.
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dream" away February 25, 2004
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The drum rolls, then falls away for a building electric guitar, a drum, and a searingly vibrant wall of sound that rises before your very ears. This is the start of "Siamese Dream," a vintage Smashing Pumpkins album and one of the best, most underrated alternative rock albums ever released.
Opening with a bang is the dizzying "Cherub Rock," a song that serves as a perfect springboard into the heart of this album. It can shift in an instant between pulse-pounding (the deceptively-named "Quiet") and more progressive ("Hummer"). Corgan's range stretches even to the quiet ("Sweet Sweet"), the dramatic ("Disarm" with its bells and violins) or the catchy (the plaintive "Spaceboy").
Perhaps the most outstanding thing about the Pumpkins is their seamless blend of metal, neo-psychedelica and art-rock. The blasting electric riffs, sprawling melodies, and the whirling, sinuous guitars are all interwoven without so much as a sonic burp. At first glance, it seems like a fairly typical rock/metal album, but upon further listening, the alluringly complicated music begins to filter itself fully into your brain. Corgan's lyrics aren't for the perky among you -- angsty and introspective, while avoiding the trap of self-pity.
It's difficult to find a musical flaw with the Pumpkins in "Siamese Dream." Corgan's high voice flitters between murmuring and wailing. Backing him up are James Iha's layered, whirling guitar riffs and Jimmy Chamberlain's controlled, fast drumming. Acoustic guitar also gets to shine at the start of "Disarm." What sounds like church bells is even used.
Fiercely adventurious, brooding and expressive, "Siamese Dream" is a breathtaking ride into a majestic rock world all its own. Inventive and enticing, this is a modern classic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite cd March 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have always loved this album and wanted to write a review on it but i didn't wanna end up writing a subpar review of it that would make others think that i dont appreciate this album as much as i do. blah, blah, blah, i think too much

Anyway, here we go Siamese Dream is the best album of the last 15 or so years for sure. Everything about it is great. It has many different styles of songs, it has amazing guitars(lead and rhythm), its intros and outros are amazing, and the lyrics are equally amazing.

What makes me appreciate the album even more is the fact that you can tell that Corgan put an ungodly amount of effort into making each of these songs. All the layering of guitars, the back-up vocals, the interesting outros, and the overall catchiness of this album. This is a must buy for any fan of alt. rock, rock, good guitars, or just music in general. And please give it some time if you're initially turned off by Corgan's voice as many are.

soma, geek usa, mayonaise, and spaceboy are probably the standouts here, but every track is good. just as every pumpkins album is good. What can i say i am a sp freak.

But seriously listeners of all genres of music should give siamese dream a listen if they havent already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by MadDog
3.0 out of 5 stars The amazing dynamics of the original are completely erased.
The songs themselves are still amazing 20 years later, but the remaster took away what made this album great: dynamics. Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums ever
This album is one of the best releases by the Smashing Pumpkins, and is, in my opinion, one of the best rock albums of all time.
Published 11 days ago by Michael O'donovan
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Published 27 days ago by Tabetha Baer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Album!
Published 1 month ago by Larry L. Powell Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great. I'm glad I can trust purchasing a cd online from amazon
Published 1 month ago by kayla m moan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
A stone cold classic album, and the vinyl sounds perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Incredible album. Sadly, Amazon hasn't learned how to pack items correctly.
Published 2 months ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing and Great sound defines the 90's!
Great Writing and Great sound defines the 90's!
Published 2 months ago by XF
5.0 out of 5 stars From past to future.
I have this in cassette but didn't want to buy the cd so I got it from online. I think it's a great album and was pleasantly surprised when I finally listened to this album again... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe
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