Dinosaur Jr Original recording remastered
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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.
Why do I mention ten songs? Well, the original release of the album didn't contain thew Merge-reissue opener of "Bulbs of Passion"; that was orignally released as the b-side of the "Repulsion" single by Homestead. At J's request, Merge used it to open their reissue as J felt that song is what sparked the band's sound. The Merge reissue also includes a live performance of album track "Does It Float" from 1985 to close the album.
Whereas the band would often blend their various musical inspirations into each song, their debut album is different in that each song is stylistically different from the rest. The one common thread from this album that held throughout is the intense volume and distortion, which is one of the band's biggest trademarks. My personal favorite tracks from this album are "Cats in a Bowl," "The Leper," the studio version of "Does It Float," "Severed Lips," and "Mountain Man." The inclusion of the live recording of "Does It Float" was a bold move for Merge as I feel it takes away from the overall quality of the album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 18 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 20 months ago by John 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
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... Read morePublished on September 8, 2008 by D. Hamilton-Smith
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 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.Published on October 23, 2006