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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: #59,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher R. Bejgrowicz on March 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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This is where it all began, where J, Lou, and Murph started what J liked to call "ear-bleeding country." Markedly more on the folk-rock side than their later albums, there are still heavy overtones of the time J and Lou spent in the hardcore punk band Deep Wound. This album was originally released on Homestead Records, the independent record label started by J's college friend Gerard Cosloy, based on a promise that, if J recorded an album, Homestead would release it. Ten songs, $500, and a home studio in the woods of Northampton later, and Dinosaur Jr. (then known only as Dinosaur) released their self-titled debut in 1985.

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.
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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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