Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

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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; 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099967928927
  • Catalog Number: 79289
  • Sales rank: 30,039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cherub Rock (4:58)
  2. 2 Quiet (3:42)
  3. 3 Today (3:21)
  4. 4 Hummer (6:56)
  5. 5 Rocket (4:06)
  6. 6 Disarm (3:16)
  7. 7 Soma (6:38)
  8. 8 Geek U.S.A. (5:13)
  9. 9 Mayonaise (5:48)
  10. 10 Spaceboy (4:27)
  11. 11 Silverfuck (8:42)
  12. 12 Sweet Sweet (1:38)
  13. 13 Luna (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pissant (2:32)
  2. 2 Siamese Dream (6:18)
  3. 3 STP (3:28)
  4. 4 Frail and Bedazzled (3:42)
  5. 5 Luna (3:13)
  6. 6 Quiet (3:36)
  7. 7 Moleasskiss (4:00)
  8. 8 Hello Kitty Kat (6:14)
  9. 9 Today (3:20)
  10. 10 Never Let Me Down Again (4:03)
  11. 11 Apathy's Last Kiss (2:40)
  12. 12 Ache (6:57)
  13. 13 U.S.A. (4:25)
  14. 14 U.S.S.R. (1:35)
  15. 15 Spaceboy (3:58)
  16. 16 Rocket (4:56)
  17. 17 Disarm (3:18)
  18. 18 Soma (6:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Introduction by Joe Shanahan (0:46)
  2. 2 Rocket (4:21)
  3. 3 Quiet (3:28)
  4. 4 Today (3:49)
  5. 5 Rhinoceros (4:26)
  6. 6 Geek U.S.A. (5:57)
  7. 7 Soma (6:52)
  8. 8 I Am One (5:22)
  9. 9 Disarm (3:49)
  10. 10 Spaceboy (4:52)
  11. 11 Starla (9:25)
  12. 12 Cherub Rock (4:58)
  13. 13 Bury Me (4:28)
  14. 14 Hummer (8:37)
  15. 15 Siva (8:43)
  16. 16 Mayonaise (10:29)
  17. 17 Drown (8:24)
  18. 18 Silverfuck (13:36)
  19. 19 Siamese Dream Deluxe DVD Menu Loop (0:30)
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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
Bob Ludwig Remastering
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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