The Smashing Pumpkins

Early 1989 Demos

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For those infatuated with early Smashing Pumpkins, this disc is a godsend. Although there are a couple of tracks that eventually did wind up on their 1991 debut, Gish, there are a total of 13 previously unreleased tracks that have never been available anywhere else. The sound quality is excellent and clear (the source is an early-generation tape), and the music is a blueprint for what was to come for Smashing Pumpkins. "Egg" and "Mother" are solo acoustic Billy Corgan numbers, introducing the style that future songs like "Suffer" would eventually take. It also shows the group still developing their signature "guitar army" sound, since the Pumpkins are heard relying on Jane's Addiction art-rock interplay ("East") and Led Zeppelin riffing ("C'mon"). There are also a few unreleased tracks that would have fit perfectly on Gish: the dreamy, psychedelic "Daughter," and the Byrds/"Norwegian Wood" pop of "With You." "Sun" initiates the bending-riff-rock ingredient displayed on future hits "Blue" and "Siva," while "Rhinoceros" inserts a nifty keyboard doodle where Corgan's wailing guitar solo would eventually wind up (on the Gish version). Early 1989 Demos proves to be an interesting document of the Smashing Pumpkins in their formative stage.

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