Siamese Dream CD (2011)

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kinda groggy...

on 6/1/2012

This CD has quite a bite - frequently menacing guitars, mixed with soothing soft textures, which is interesting and sometimes moving on an emotional level, but most of the time the music sounds like a declaration of boredom. I'll admit, I haven't analyzed the lyrics, but what little stuck out to me seemed tedious and insignificant. The aforementioned "bite" also becomes heavy handed and exhausting, when combined with the search for meaning and depth. Read More

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Specifications

Label Virgin Records
SKU 225588961
UPC 099967929726
UPC 14 05099967929726
Format CD
Release Date 11/29/2011
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Author Smashing Pumpkins
Compilation Appearance For The Masses
Compilation Appearance Community Service 2
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Rock
Technical Info
Producer Kerry Brown (Reissue); Billy Corgan (Reissue)
CatalogID 509996792972
Lable Name Virgin
Released 11/15/2011
Original Release 1993
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 05099967929726
Musical Guests
Mike Mills
Album Notes and Credits
This edition of SIAMESE DREAM contains the original 20-page booklet.
Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar, Mellotron); D'Arcy (vocals, bass); James Iha (guitar); Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).
Additional personnel: David Ragsdale (violin); Eric Remschneider (cello); Mike Mills (piano).
Engineers: Mark Richardson, Jeff Tomei, Butch Vig.
Recorded at Triclops Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar, Mellotron); D'Arcy (vocals, bass); James Iha (guitar); Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).
Additional personnel: David Ragsdale (violin); Eric Remschneider (cello); Mike Mills (piano).
Engineers: Mark Richardson, Jeff Tomei, Butch Vig.
Recorded at Triclops Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.
Personnel: Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar, Mellotron); D'Arcy (vocals, bass guitar); James Iha (guitar); Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).
Audio Mixers: Alan Moulder; Billy Corgan; Butch Vig.
Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Recording information: Triclops Sound Studios, Atlanta.
Photographer: Melodie McDaniel.
When SIAMESE DREAM was initially released in the summer of 1993 it was hailed as alternative rock's first great post-NEVERMIND hope. And while it has gone on to become an overwhelming commercial success, it has also helped further re-draw the artistic borders of "alternative" music.
By combining neo-psychedelic AOR guitars (band-members proudly claim Boston as an influence) with Pumpkin auteur Billy Corgan's "outsider" lyrical stance, SIAMESE DREAM creates a rebel image; but one with a wandering eye towards mainstream acceptance as well. Consequently, Smashing Pumpkins are equally successful relating to young lollapaloozers and to classic rock radio.
The album's immediate attraction is plain to see. Corgan and co-producer Butch Vig have sculpted a sonic wall of guitars--in some cases, using up to 32 separate guitar tracks on a single song--that is electrifying in its sheer scope and power. Along with Jimmy Chamberlin's powerhouse drumming, guitarists Corgan and James Iha's thick sound endows SIAMESE DREAM with a fresh feel that holds up even on repeated listens--and how many other "top ten" albums can you say that about?
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Corgan] didn't smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.48) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (9/16/93, p.67) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...rarely a bum note in this tidy wash of styles....SIAMESE DREAM is a strong, multidimensional extension of GISH that confirms that Smashing Pumpkins are neither sellouts nor one-offs..."
Rolling Stone (9/16/93, p.67) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...rarely a bum note in this tidy wash of styles...SIAMESE DREAM is a strong, multidimensional extension of GISH that confirms that Smashing Pumpkins are neither sellouts nor one-offs..."
Spin (9/99, p.131) - Ranked #23 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin (8/93, p.82) - Highly Recommended - "...SIAMESE DREAM takes up and expands nicely where 1991's impressive GISH left off; it's got all the feisty, fuzzy passion of that record and even more inventiveness. Smashing Pumpkins have an enormous bag of tricks..."
Spin (8/93, p.82) - Highly Recommended - "...SIAMESE DREAM takes up and expands nicely where 1991's impressive GISH left off; it's got all the feisty, fuzzy passion of that record and even more inventiveness. Smashing Pumpkins have an enormous bag of tricks..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/6/93, p.54) - "...If anyone will be burdened with the dreaded mantle of `next Nirvana,' it'll be this Chicago band....the great lost link between alternative, pop and metal....may have stumbled upon a whole new stance: slackers with a vision..." Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly (8/6/93, p.54) - "...If anyone will be burdened with the dreaded mantle of 'next Nirvana,' it'll be this Chicago band....the great lost link between alternative, pop and metal....may have stumbled upon a whole new stance: slackers with a vision..." Rating: B
Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (1/94, p.87) - Included on Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'
Q (8/93, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...SIAMESE DREAM is something of a white-knuckle, rollercoaster ride, leavened by moments of sometimes quite staggering beauty....Smashing Pumpkins are so exciting, it's patently obvious that they're a (if not the) Next Big Thing..."
Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (1/94, p.87) - Included on Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'
Q (8/93, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...SIAMESE DREAM is something of a white-knuckle, rollercoaster ride, leavened by moments of sometimes quite staggering beauty....Smashing Pumpkins are so exciting, it's patently obvious that they're a (if not the) Next Big Thing..."
Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.77) - Ranked #32 in Melody Maker's list of the `Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...there's no denying the Pumpkins injected a peculiarly fluid, febrile grace into their brand of neo-psychedelic rock..."
Melody Maker (1/1/94, p.77) - Ranked #32 in Melody Maker's list of the 'Albums Of The Year' for 1993 - "...there's no denying the Pumpkins injected a peculiarly fluid, febrile grace into their brand of neo-psychedelic rock..."
Musician (9/93, p.74) - "...the 13 tracks ring out as a triumph of dynamics and atmosphere, and serve as gold settings for the fragile charm of [Billy] Corgan's emotive vocals..."
Musician (9/93, p.74) - "...the 13 tracks ring out as a triumph of dynamics and atmosphere, and serve as gold settings for the fragile charm of [Billy] Corgan's emotive vocals..."
Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #11 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Village Voice (3/1/94) - Ranked #11 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "[With] guitar solos from heaven, wall upon wall of lushly textured sound, and grand, epic vision."
Q (Magazine) (p.122) - "[A]n album that draped its influences -- Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, New Order -- in a fuzzy haze, suggesting heavy metal played by a group coming down from an acid trip. It's a high-water mark from the era."
NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.66) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of `The Top 50 LPs of 1993' - "...The rediscovery of the guitar as motorbike and also one of the year's most emotionally punishing efforts..."
NME (Magazine) (12/25/93, p.66) - Ranked #6 in NME's list of 'The Top 50 LPs of 1993' - "...The rediscovery of the guitar as motorbike and also one of the year's most emotionally punishing efforts..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] mark out Corgan's genius capabilities as a songwriter....A truly stunning album."
Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Two booming anthems, 'Cherub Rock' and 'Today', are equal parts earnestness and irony..."
Disc 1
1 Cherub Rock
2 Quiet
3 Today
4 Hummer
5 Rocket
6 Disarm
7 Soma
8 Geek U.S.A.
9 Mayonaise
10 Spaceboy
11 Silverfuck
12 Sweet Sweet
13 Luna
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Artist Smashing Pumpkins
Label Virgin Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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