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  • 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 deluxe CD/DVD box set. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Jan 3, 2013
    100
    Far 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]
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    100
    The songs from the Mellon Collie sessions speak not only to the quality of that abundance, but also to the Smashing Pumpkins' status as some of the most creative and successful purveyors of sensitive but cerebral art rock.
  3. 100
    Mellon 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.
  4. Jan 11, 2013
    80
    The extras on the deluxe box set show how Corgan's mid-Nineties creative peak couldn't even be contained by two CDs.
  5. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    For a serious Pumpkins fan, this is a gold mine. [15 Dec 2012, p.49]
  6. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    To 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.
  7. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    This massive re-release of what is arguably the Pumpkins' crowning achievement lives up to the lofty heights set up by the original album: it's sprawling, ambitious, overlong, frustrating, and fascinating all at once.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    An 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
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    Billy Corgan floods Mellon Collie with amazing songs filled with loud guitars, big drums, and haunting lyrics. With this album, The Pumpkins prove that they are one of the most creative bands of the 1990s. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    In 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
  4. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    Oh 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
  5. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    I 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
  6. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    Few 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
  7. Jan 11, 2013
    8
    One 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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