Without a doubt, The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most lauded bands in history. In 1991, their debut album Gish stood out among the pack of newly anointed noise rockers by deafening the listener as much as it moved them deep down. In 1993, the band produced a follow up, Siamese Dream and with songs like “Cherub Rock,” “Disarm” and mega –hit “Today” not only dominated the alternative rock world, but shifted its landscape. Siamese Dream was such a big record in fact that it left some wondering where the band had left to go after that
The answer, of course, was to create a sprawling, vicious operatic masterpiece. Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness debuted in October of 1995, and with a runtime of just over one hundred and twenty one minutes it not only serves as Corgan and crew’s magnum opus, but it stands monolithic in its power and influence. Selling over ten million copies to date, Melon Collie has influenced a generation of musicians with its scope and artistry – never mind the indelible sentiment single “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” (“Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage”) seared into the public consciousness.
On December 4th, Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness was finally given the full on remaster treatment that it deserved, and boy it is a doozie.
DELUXE BOX SET:
Physical Tracks: 106, Digital Tracks: 92
Original album remastered for the first time
64 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material or alternate versions of Mellon Collie era songs
DVD featuring live show filmed at the Brixton Academy, London (1996) and bonus performances from Rockpalast (1996)
Housed in a 12 x 12 lift-top box with magnetic closure, reimagined cover art and velvet-lined disc holder
2 books containing personal notes, lyrics, new collage artwork plus a Decoupage kit for creating your own scenes from the Mellon Collie universe.
To celebrate this massive release we’re giving one Smashing Pumpkins fan the chance to not just win the deluxe 2CD set of this remastered classic, but the deluxe 2CD sets of their ENTIRE REMASTERED CATALOG. Yea, we know you came for the “Zero,” but one lucky winner is going to get Pisces Ascariot, Gish and Siamese Dream as well.
To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question:
"What is your favorite Smashing Pumpkins record and why?"
Post your answer in the comments section below (leave a valid email address please) and we’ll pick our favorite answer and announce the winner THIS FRIDAY. GOOD LUCK!