Earphoria

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Earphoria
SmashingPumpkins-Earphoria.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 26, 2002
Recorded1991–1994
GenreAlternative rock
Length75:41
LabelVirgin
ProducerButch Vig, Billy Corgan, James Iha
The Smashing Pumpkins chronology
Rotten Apples
(2001)
Earphoria
(2002)
Rarities and B-Sides
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[2]

Earphoria is a live album by The Smashing Pumpkins. It is the soundtrack of the band's Vieuphoria video. While the video has been widely available since its initial release, the CD was initially released as a limited number (under 1000) of promo copies in 1994, and was subsequently heavily bootlegged.[3] In 2002, Vieuphoria was reissued on DVD and Earphoria finally earned a commercial release.[3]

The CD contains the audio for all the performances in Vieuphoria, and includes extended versions of the music used in the video interludes. An exception is the performance of "Silverfuck" – Earphoria includes the tease of "Over the Rainbow" while Vieuphoria edits it out, possibly owing to prohibitive licensing costs.[3]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The compilation was well-received by critics. "While a live document of the Pumpkins' farewell tour would have been very palatable," opined Classic Rock, "this mix-and-match collection of (mainly) live material from the full breadth of their career is far more imaginative. It's also vastly superior to their previous odds-and-sods compilation Pisces Iscariot."[2]

AllMusic wrote "it's no wonder that the Smashing Pumpkins transcended every genre and pigeonhole they were shown, cruising past their peers with reinvention and pluck and forever leading where others could only dream of following. And it's discs like this one that really drive the point home."[4]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan, except where noted.
Main release
No.TitleWriter(s)SourceLength
1."Sinfony" (Siamese Dream outtake) December 1992-March 1993 – Triclops Sound0:55
2."Quiet" November 10, 1993 – Atlanta, GA, US3:44
3."Disarm" September 1993 – The Word program in London2:56
4."Cherub Rock" (acoustic) June 22, 1994 – MTV studios, London4:24
5."Today" December 9, 1993 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago3:38
6."Bugg Superstar"James Iha 1:29
7."I Am One"Billy Corgan, James IhaMarch 4, 1994 – Barcelona, Spain7:55
8."Pulseczar" (Gish demo) December 1990-March 1991 – Smart Studios2:27
9."Soma"Billy Corgan/James IhaFebruary 24, 1994 – London Astoria6:32
10."Slunk" February 1992 – Nippon TV in Tokyo2:37
11."French Movie Theme" (from the "Cherub Rock" single) December 1992-March 1993 – Triclops Sound1:50
12."Geek U.S.A." February 21, 1994 – Munich, Germany4:49
13."Mayonaise" (acoustic)Billy Corgan, James IhaJuly 3, 1993 – BBC Studios, London4:23
14."Silverfuck" February 24, 1994 – London Astoria13:30
14a."Over the Rainbow"Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg  
14b."Jackboot"   
15."Why Am I So Tired" (Gish live demo)James IhaDecember 1990-March 1991 – Smart Studios15:15

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 26, 2002 Virgin 7243 5 42706 2 8 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
November 19, 2002 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 5 42706 2 8 • CDHUT79 CD UK & Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
November 26, 2002 Virgin 7243 5 42706 2 8 CD Canada Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Earphoria at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ging, Paul: "No appetite for destruction"; Classic Rock #48, Christmas 2002, p98
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dahlen, Chris. "Smashing Pumpkins: Earphoria: Pitchfork Record Review Archived 2008-01-12 at the w:Wayback Machine". 2002–12–12. Accessed on 2007–12–30.
  4. Hanson, Amy. "Earphoria – The Smashing Pumpkins review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2020.