Pisces Iscariot Box set, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 17, 2012
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Featuring the band s take on the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks song Landslide which reached #3 on Modern Rock Tracks chart, PISCES ISCARIOT is being released in multiple configurations: Deluxe Physical Album--which comes with a live DVD and the first-ever PUMPKINS demo reproduced on cassette--Deluxe Digital, Standard Physical, Digital and 180G Vinyl. The bonus content and special features were curated from the band s archives by CORGAN, and have been painstakingly remastered for the first time from the original master tapes by Bob Ludwig.
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Within seconds of popping in the remastered first disc and playing "Plume," I thought maybe I had grabbed the bonus disc by mistake, as the vocals are entirely different from the original, sung in a lower register by Billy, with slightly different lyrics in spots. Nowhere in the liner notes does it mention the use of a different vocal take, so I'm wondering if this was accidental. Or did Billy not care for the original take, so he swapped it with another? Either way, I think this version should have been saved for the bonus disc, instead of going all George Lucas and altering things that were fine to begin with, but I didn't let this kill my buzz. However, during the next song I listened to, "Frail and Bedazzled," something didn't sound right to me again, but I couldn't quite figure it out, even after listening to the original version to compare. Eventually I decided to play both at the same time on separate players, and within 15 seconds they were out of sync with each other. The new one, while the same as far as the vocal and instrumental tracks, is actually slower, hence lower in pitch.Read more ›
_Pisces Iscariot_ is a collection of B-sides and outtakes deriving mostly from the _Siamese Dream_ sessions, while a couple derive from the _Gish_ sessions, and one track is taken from the (now) hard-to-find _Lull_ EP.
A reviewer below makes a great observation: _Pisces Iscariot_ doesn't feature the overall grandiose, bombastic consistency of mood found on _Siamese Dream_ and subsequent Pumpkins studio albums. Instead, there's more of an intimate, lo-fi and subtly nostalgic mood that permeates these recordings. But, regardless, the trademark Pumpkins' mix of soft, dreamy ambience, and overdriven sonic extremeties are here aplenty.
Some of my favorites: "Soothe" is a track recorded in Billy Corgan's bedroom. An intimate, low-key acoustic track featuring autumnal chords, which provide as the backdrop for Billy's equally intimate, breathy mannerisms. "Frail and Bedazzled" is a retro-sounding rocker with a tint of psychedelic mannerisms. The swirling guitars, the precise, yet seductively-rhythmic drumming from Jimmy Chamberlain (this guy was mind-blowing on the kit), and D'Arcy's bottom-heavy basslines coalesce to create this indescribably beautiful number.
"Whir" is simply one of the most preciously beautiful things this band ever did, and they have done many, to say the least.Read more ›
This collection of non-album tracks is quite diverse as it explores both the most quiet and the hardest-rocking extremes this band was capable of. Too bad it skipped some fantastic non-album material like "Glynis," but record companies tend to keep some gems in the "harder-to-find" category so fanatic collectors can feel special (and mastermind/uber-ego Billy Corgan obviously had something to do with it). I'm a fan, but since I don't have any particular inside info about the band to impart (except that I just read today that Billy is trying to get the band together again), I'll just relay my impressions of PISCES ISCARIOT -------->
"Soothe" - a gorgeous performance on vocal and acoustic guitar by head Pumpkin Billy Corgan recorded at home. *****
"Frail and Bedazzled" - supercharged balls-to-the-wall rockin' out. *****
"Plume" -one of my very favorite SP tunes, this one really captures a certain "don't give a f@#%" feeling that I myself am prone to fairly often. Corgan's piercing guitar really soars on this one when he solos and he makes excellent, trippy use of some kind of foot peddle or thingamajig (a tech wizard I am not). *****+
"Whir" - an easy-going tune, nice and melodic, although I'm not crazy about the way it ends (with a rather ineffective guitar riff that sounds a little too melodramatic for my tastes). ***1/2
"Blew Away" - another mellow cut with James Iha on vocals. Apparently Corgan left Iha to his own devices on this one and it turned out really nice. ****
"Pissant" - The thrashiest track on PISCES, and a real shot of adrenaline. Frantic drumming from Jimmy Chamberlin. ****1/2
"Hello Kitty Kat" - steady, super-heavy rocker.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received a bad pressing. Music is good, but records aren'tPublished 6 months ago by George L Kersey
Arrived in mint condition. Love really/mid 90s Pumpkins.
Original pressing can be a bit pricey. This reissue sounds great and is affordable.
"I had to Purchase this deluxe edition of the:"Smashing Pumpkins Piesces Iscariot"release for my Phone,It was not available anywhere else. Read morePublished 12 months ago by david vargas
A must have for any SP fans. Great collections of the B-sides, 2 CD+DVD comes with a cassette and postcards, worth every penny! Bring back a lot of memories, Loves It!Published 16 months ago by Roger.C
This B-sides album from the Smashing Pumpkins is a must have for any SP fan.
A great listen all the way through.