Smashing Pumpkins to Reissue ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

2012-10-03

Story by Charles Ken

The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 release ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ is getting a facelift

Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins are giving a makeover of sorts for their 1995 smash “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” On the heels of the band’s reissues of 1991’s “Gish,” 1993’s “Siamese Dream” and 1994’s “Pisces Iscariot,” the Pumpkins are set to reissue “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” on Dec. 3.

The release will arrive in a slew of formats sure to appease a wide range of Pumpkins enthusiasts, such as standard and deluxe digital versions and a special vinyl set. All editions will offer a re-mastered version of the original album, while the deluxe rendering will pack 64 previously unreleased or alternate versions of songs recording during the “Mellon Collie” sessions. The physical edition of the deluxe offering will also include a live DVD taken from a 1996 concert at Brixton Academy in London, plus a few clips the alternative rockers recorded on the German TV program “Rockpalast” that year.

“What strikes me now about Mellon Collie is that we were coming off of making Siamese Dream with Butch Vig — which was a very idealized statement,” Billy Corgan states in the set’s liner notes.  “Yet coming off of that success, we went completely in the opposite direction…we headed into a much darker, funkier and more visceral terrain. Revisiting Mellon Collie for this edition, that’s what struck me — that we made this kind of dramatic ‘about face’ at a time when most people would have made an even more expensive idealized statement.”

 




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