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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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Thankfully, the new Bob Ludwig-produced Siamese Dream remaster sounds absolutely amazing, especially on a decent stereo. Jimmy Chamberlin's drums have a little more "oomph" to them, and when Billy's (and James,' if he even played on the album) multi-layered guitars kick into overdrive, it's as devastatingly intense as if the Pumpkins were playing live right in front of you, if not more so. Soma, in particular, has never sounded better, and when Billy's epic solo takes over, it's almost too much to handle.
There's plenty of reviews here that talk about how timeless this album is, but I just wanted to alleviate any fears people may be having about the new remaster. Siamese Dream (and Gish) sounds better than ever, and the bonus disc of mostly unreleased material, along with the live DVD, makes the deluxe version well worth spending the extra cash. Tracks like STP, Moleasskiss, and Hello Kitty Kat (different arrangement from the Pisces version) would have been grade-A material for most bands, but for SP, they're just three in a mountain of very good songs deemed "not quite a fit" for their albums, hence relegated to B-Sides and outtakes collections such as this, Pisces, the Aeroplane box set, and Judas O. The DVD captures a 1993 show at Chicago's Metro Cabaret, and its definitely cool to have a high-quality document showcasing the original band at or near its absolute peak, with some old-school moshing and crowd-surfing thrown in for good measure.
Overall, whether you're a hardcore SP fan or a casual fan wanting to go deeper than their Greatest Hits, you can't go wrong with either version of this reissue. Now, if Corgan and Ludwig do as good of a job with Mellon Collie as they did with Siamese Dream and Gish, I will be a very happy man indeed. All I know is that, between these reissues and the upcoming new album, it's a good time to be Pumpkins fan.
I buy albums on vinyl for the sound. I love being able to hear more of the music in a less compressed format.
The cover of this version is spectacular. It's a wonderfully late-90's metallic, with lots of cover art inside and out. I miss that about music these days, there's nothing visual to compliment the audio and tell more of the story of the album. This one is beautiful and took me back to the feeling when this record first dropped on the radio.
180g vinyl is really the HD of analog records. Splitting the album to 2 discs also means that you're getting a truly uncompressed version. I was so excited to hear more of the album than I ever had before...
Turns out that it seems there was maybe a little muddiness in the engineering style of the original production. This was, I admit, mastered for CD back in the day, so I shouldn't be shocked that it wasn't too different.
Still worth it to have such a beloved classic, with a cover I could stare at for hours, on the shelf.
They had something really special here, it was a magical blending of loads of overdubbed guitars, lazy bends, superb drumming, angsty/angry lyrics, and a gentle finish. My favorites are Cherub Rock, Rocket, Geek USA, Mayonaise, Soma, Disarm, Silverf**k, oh the whole darn album is great.
If you like great hard rock music, but with melody and meaning, this is a classic album. Truly amazing! I'm loving it all over again, 10+ years later.
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My favs are Mayonaise, Soma, Today.