- Record Label: Virgin
- Release Date: Dec 4, 2012
- Band members: Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, D'Arcy
- Summary: The alternative rock band's third album released in 1995 is remastered and reissued with a DVD of its 1996 concert at London's Brixton Academy, a performance on Germany's Rockpalast, as well as 64 tracks of B-sides, demos, remixes, alternative versions, and unreleased songs on the deluxeThe alternative rock band's third album released in 1995 is remastered and reissued with a DVD of its 1996 concert at London's Brixton Academy, a performance on Germany's Rockpalast, as well as 64 tracks of B-sides, demos, remixes, alternative versions, and unreleased songs on the deluxe CD/DVD box set.… Expand
- Record Label: Virgin
- Genre(s): Altternative, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Positive: 14 out of 14
Mixed: 0 out of 14
Negative: 0 out of 14
Under The RadarJan 3, 2013Far from a collector's item for die-hard fan only, this is the most complete and perfect presentation of one of the key albums of a generation. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.92]
Dec 13, 2012Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness doesn't need rose-colored lens for appreciation. The album's success still lies from all the stylistic risks the band assumed, especially in comparison to music other alternative bands were creating at the time.
Kerrang!Jan 30, 2013For a serious Pumpkins fan, this is a gold mine. [15 Dec 2012, p.49]
Jan 15, 2013To say this is a 'fans only' set is something of an understatement, but if you do have an interest and indeed if you can actually afford it, this is a lovingly put together and ridiculously detailed exploration of a record that has aged very well. For those whose interest is more casual the two-disc edition is well worth revisiting.
Positive: 13 out of 13
Mixed: 0 out of 13
Negative: 0 out of 13
Jan 9, 2015The epic that vaulted the Pumpkins to the altars of rock, and daresay musical legacy, 'Mellon Collie' did something that is rarelyThe epic that vaulted the Pumpkins to the altars of rock, and daresay musical legacy, 'Mellon Collie' did something that is rarely accomplished and will be hard to come close to: a double album with each track carrying its own aura, personality, and emotional weight; all bring something unique to the record, whether from melodic beauty to abrasive grit.
There are 28 tracks, divided into two discs. Disc One carries some of SP's most well-known songs, including 'Bullet with Butterfly Wings', 'Zero', and 'Tonight, Tonight'. However, I believe the real gem of this disc is within the biting riffs of 'Jellybelly' and **** You', which also promptly contain some of Corgan's most anger-driven lyrics (especially the latter, but it seems to increase the appeal being as said lyrics are quite personal). What's amazing is the tenderness of 'To Forgive' and 'Take Me Down' contrasting completely with the songs listed above but deserving the same acclaim. The nine minutes-plus of 'Porcelina' should also be of note here as an outstanding track.
Disc two harbors two of the most well-known pop crafted hits from SP, being '1979' and 'Thirty-Three'. Their magnificence has been stated over the years quite well, as 'Thru the Eyes of Ruby' (in my humble opinion) represents the epicenter of the album itself, with a rumored seventy (yes, 70! Amazing as it is, the approximation is said to be just that number) guitar takes all blended to create the breathtaking and romanticism of this 7:39 of, in lieu of a better word, greatness. The harder sounds of the first disc gets turned to an eleven here with 'Scorched Earth' and 'X.Y.U.' , masterfully-so may worth adding, and then quiets down to a lullaby levels and soothing tracks until the close.
Discs 3-5 included with the remastered version include differing demos, mixes, outtakes, and B-sides, all still carrying their quirks; notably, 'Set the Ray to Jerry' (included originally on The Aeroplane Flies High box set back in '96) is present with the vocal rough, and tracks such as 'Meladori Magpie' and 'Knuckles' should entice both longstanding fans and those new to the album but looking to enjoy the entirety of it.
The live DVD includes a mixture of two shows both from 1996 and only a month apart, and as SP's live shows are always top-notch (despite what some think of Billy's voice being shrill, but I find it unique), they are definitely worth a look.
Overall, if I haven't covered it well enough above, this album is ****ing fantastic and worth every penny.… Expand
Jun 11, 2014An amazing SP's masterpiece
ecletic and the same time very fuk'ing good
Corgan is a great music writer, incredible lyrics and musically 2An amazing SP's masterpiece
ecletic and the same time very fuk'ing good
Corgan is a great music writer, incredible lyrics and musically
2 hours of this kind of music worths so much… Expand
Dec 6, 2012In my opinion, the greatest album ever made. I was 15 when this come out, and this will always have a place in my life. Now I'm 33, No otherIn my opinion, the greatest album ever made. I was 15 when this come out, and this will always have a place in my life. Now I'm 33, No other album, by The Smashing Pumpkins or ANY band for that matter has ever come close...In a world like today, and the music scene how it is, This album is a much needed reminder that although music has dramatically declined over the past 10 years, It's nice to hold on to and that there is still hope for the future. 10/10… Expand
Dec 6, 2012Oh the nostalgia, it's still a great album after all the years! This is the changing point in the Smashing Pumpkins sound, where they began toOh the nostalgia, it's still a great album after all the years! This is the changing point in the Smashing Pumpkins sound, where they began to use electronic, and instrumental songs.… Expand
Dec 6, 2012I still can't say what I feel about Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but after hearing it - I'm completely sure that this kind of musicI still can't say what I feel about Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but after hearing it - I'm completely sure that this kind of music it's art at it's finest. This is probably the best double album that I've ever heard, avoiding the weakness of double albums - too much fillers and few good songs. But this album brings the best era of the Pumpkins, yet that some people and the critics still prefer Siamese Dream as it's best. Not only this reissue gives you remastered classics such as 'Tonight,Tonight' 'Bullet with Butterfly Wings' and 'Thru the Eyes of Ruby' but also takes you to mid 90's, a different time, more dark songs and depressing lyrics. Listening to this Deluxe Edition it's like watching something in construction, songs like 'Medellia of Grey Skies [Thinking about Porcelina ?] 'Galapagos' 'Beautiful' and 'Jellybelly' with unfinished lyrics show us the direction that the Pumpkins took when they were recording this disk, while other songs like 'Phang [Excellent instrumental, it reminds me U.S.A Soundworks demo from SD's deluxe edition] and 'Methusela' could have been in the first Mellon Collie. All in all, this reissue is good for alternative scene fans and a must for Sp fans.… Expand
Dec 6, 2012Few albums provide the nostalgic, emotional and grandiose rapture that Mellon Collie gave to a generation, and this is ultimately where it'sFew albums provide the nostalgic, emotional and grandiose rapture that Mellon Collie gave to a generation, and this is ultimately where it's power lies. Individually there appears to be dud tracks scattered throughout, yet as a whole the sheer scale, scope and range that Corgan undertook demonstrated not only were Smashing Pumpkins a serious rock force to be reckoned with but a truly fantastic band that sorta thrived on its differences to create some of the best music of the 1990s. Highlights for me include: 'here is no why', 'jellybelly', 'porcelina', 'muzzle', '1979', 'lily', 'thru the eyes of ruby', 'bodies' and many many more. For a lot of people this record bordered on obsession and I feel grateful that I manage to continue experiencing Mellon Collie in new ways through rearranging track listings and sticking those B-Sides on to make it last longer :)… Expand
Jan 11, 2013One of the best albums of the 1990s is rereleased and it is still as good as ever. Pick it up, and travel back to "1979"...I mean 1995. YouOne of the best albums of the 1990s is rereleased and it is still as good as ever. Pick it up, and travel back to "1979"...I mean 1995. You won't be disappointed.… Expand
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