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Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]
     

Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

by Smashing Pumpkins
 

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While Gish had placed Smashing Pumpkins on the "most promising artist" list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/guitarist/leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer's block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil;

Overview

While Gish had placed Smashing Pumpkins on the "most promising artist" list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/guitarist/leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer's block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil; drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was addicted to hard drugs; and bassist D'Arcy and guitarist James Iha severed their romantic relationship. The sessions for their sophomore effort, Siamese Dream, were wrought with friction -- Corgan eventually played almost all the instruments himself (except for percussion). Some say strife and tension produces the best music, and it certainly helped make Siamese Dream one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time. Instead of following Nirvana's punk rock route, Siamese Dream went in the opposite direction -- guitar solos galore, layered walls of sound courtesy of the album's producers (Butch Vig and Corgan), extended compositions that bordered on prog rock, plus often reflective and heartfelt lyrics. The four tracks that were selected as singles became alternative radio standards -- the anthems "Cherub Rock," "Today," and "Rocket," plus the symphonic ballad "Disarm" -- but as a whole, Siamese Dream proved to be an incredibly consistent album. Such compositions as the red-hot rockers "Quiet" and "Geek U.S.A." were standouts, as were the epics "Hummer," "Soma," and "Silverfuck," plus the soothing sounds of "Mayonaise," "Spaceboy," and "Luna." After the difficult recording sessions, Corgan stated publicly that if Siamese Dream didn't achieve breakthrough success, he would end the band. He didn't have to worry for long -- the album debuted in the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than four million copies in three years. Siamese Dream stands alongside Nevermind and Superunknown as one of the decade's finest (and most influential) rock albums. [Siamese Dream is heavily expanded in this 2011 Deluxe Edition -- the album is packaged in a foil-encrusted mini-box containing a remastered version of the original album, a second CD consisting of B-sides and unreleased rarities, a DVD containing a concert from Chicago's The Metro in 1993, a booklet with new liner notes by David Wild and song-by-song commentary for the original by Billy Corgan, plus some postcards on top of it all. Like its accompanying Gish set, this Deluxe Edition does not round up previously released B-sides, opting instead for demos and rough mixes of "Pissant" and "Hello Kitty Kat" to sit alongside early versions of "Spaceboy," "Rocket," "Today," and "Disarm." Here, it's possible to appreciate just how much Butch Vig brought to Siamese Dream: the vision is surely Billy Corgan but Vig added power, focus, and finesse, something that's also evident on the worthy abandoned songs from 1991 and 1992 -- "STP," "Frail and Bedazzled," "Moleasskiss." Again, this set is clearly designed with dedicated fans in mind, but for those diehards, this Deluxe Edition will offer many gems.] ~ Greg Prato & Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2011
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099967928927
catalogNumber:
79289
Rank:
4283

Tracks

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

Disc 2

  1. Pissant
  2. Siamese Dream
  3. STP
  4. Frail and Bedazzled
  5. Luna
  6. Quiet
  7. Moleasskiss
  8. Hello Kitty Kat
  9. Today
  10. Never Let Me Down Again
  11. Apathy's Last Kiss
  12. Ache
  13. U.S.A.
  14. U.S.S.R.
  15. Spaceboy
  16. Rocket
  17. Disarm
  18. Soma

Disc 3

  1. Introduction by Joe Shanahan
  2. Rocket
  3. Quiet
  4. Today
  5. Rhinoceros
  6. Geek U.S.A.
  7. Soma
  8. I Am One
  9. Disarm
  10. Spaceboy
  11. Starla
  12. Cherub Rock
  13. Bury Me
  14. Hummer
  15. Siva
  16. Mayonaise
  17. Drown
  18. Silverfuck
  19. Siamese Dream Deluxe DVD Menu Loop

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smashing Pumpkins   Primary Artist
Jimmy Chamberlin   Drums,Group Member
Billy Corgan   Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
D'Arcy   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
James Iha   Guitar,Group Member
David Ragsdale   Violin
Eric Remschneider   Cello
Mike Mills   Piano

Technical Credits

Kerry Brown   Producer,Reissue Producer
Billy Corgan   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,String Arrangements,Original Album Producer
Martin Gore   Composer
James Iha   Composer
Mark Richardson   Engineer
Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Butch Vig   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Original Album Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
David Ragsdale   String Arrangements
Eric Remschneider   String Arrangements
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Noel Waggener   Reissue Design

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