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Aeroplane Flies High

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flies high March 29 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins created a sprawling, rich rock masterpiece with "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness." They also created a lot of songs that didn't make it to the final cut, but ended up being attached to the singles as a series of EPs. "The Aeroplane Flies High" collects those five EPs together, and creates a B-side/single collection that is well worth having.

The first song on each disc is a song from the "Mellon Collie" double album, but the five or six songs that come after each single are unique to the EPs, originally from various recording sessions. These songs are often as good as -- sometimes even better -- than what did make it onto the albums.

Each EP has its own mood, and its own self-contained flow, keeping the B-sides from feeling tacked on. One is hard and angry, one is bitter, one is soft and sweet, one is feel good, and so on. As a result, the full range of what the Pumpkins were able to do -- rock, pop, metal, ballads and experimental -- got put on full display, in all their glory.

For example, in the "1979" disc, the Pumpkins get to explore their alt-pop side, while the "Zero" disc explores bitterness and loneliness, sticking to their hard-rock sound. Not to mention the orchestral/acoustic flavor of the "Tonight Tonight" EP, with its subtle strings and laments, and a lo-fi reprise of the title song.

But there is no lag in quality, just because the B-sides didn't make it to the final cut of "Mellon Collie." Songs like "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" prove that Pumpkins B-sides are still exceptional, including covers of bands like Blondie and the Cars (yes, that IS Blondie's "Dreaming" you hear Corgan singing, strange as it is).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellon Collie Phase II June 20 2003
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If you loved Mellon Collie, then you must listen to its necessary companion. It includes 33 tracks (5 of them are the Mellon Collie A-sides), out of which you can find all the B-sides. There are 6 covers, 2 James Iha compositions, 1 Corgan/Iha instrumental, and one huge, mostly instrumental, 23-minute collage of bits and snippets of outtakes and rehearsals of 1993-1995 sessions. The rest is pure Corgan. It all makes an almost 2-hour set.
Seems excessive? Maybe so. But it shows a breathtaking span of styles, moods and qualities. There's screaming heavymetal ("God"), distorted guitars a la 70s ("Tribute to Johnny"), naive charming pop ("The Boy"), simple but intense ballads ("Cherry"), country-ish attempts ("Meladori Magpie"), anthem-like serious songs ("The Last Song", a ballad, or "The Aeroplane Flies High, Turns Left, Looks Right", a rocker), acoustic straightforward confessions ("Blank"), devastatingly tender chants ("Medellia of the Great Skies", "Rotten Apples"), and even a 1920s song, "My Blue Heaven", with only voice, piano and cello. In "...Said Sadly" James Iha sings with the then-Veruca Salt vocalist Nina Gordon.
I think more or less one half of the songs could have made it into yet another album; the other half is for the curious or the die-hard fans. But the best part is really worth it. Some of the songs could have been great singles, such as "Transformer". It's a pity many of those tracks aren't listened to in the radio.
The covers show some influences on the group: The Cure, Blondie, Alice Cooper, The Cars, Missing Persons and George Whiting & Walter Donaldson (the 1920s guys).
There's an assorted mixture of approaches, but it is truly amazing those 28 tracks were recorded at the same time as those 28 found in Mellon Collie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Pumpkins At There Best Dec 25 2003
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This alumb is considered to be B-Sides to Mellon Collie, but let me tell you, if these are suppose to be B-Sides then well the pumpkins made some great B-Sides
The First Disc which is the BWBW disc is preety good and has cool cover of Alice Cooper and The Cars
The Second Disc is the 1979 disc and this disc is great...not the best but still good
The Third Discis the Zero disc and the best song on the album is ugly cause well this song is just amazing
The Forth Disc is the Tonight,Tonight disc and this disc is the worst of the five but is still preety good
The Fifth Disc is the best of the Five and it is the 33 disc, first of 33 is my favirote smashin pumpkins song and the other songs like transformer and the bells are quite good
Basicly if you find this box set buy it cause it doesnt come around often, and if you cant find it buy Mellon Collie cause it is over all better than this box set
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to make an SP masterpeice: Nov. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
In an ironic twist, this could very well be indicative of the Pumpkin's very best work; a hodge-podge over the top marvel of sonic experimentation with euphoric melodies to spare. No, seriously. This collection is high ranking among the very best, definitive work of the Smashing Pumpkins.Here is my close-cropped compilation to make it the true L.P. style masterpeice it was meant to be:
1. Set the ray to Jerry
2. Transformer
3. God
4. Mouth of Babes
5. Cherry
6. Ugly
7. Marquis in Spades
8. Jupiter's Lament
9. Medellia of the Grey Skies
10. The Aeroplane Flies High(turns left, looks right)
11. Rotten Apples
12. Pennies
13. The Last Song
By programming the discs like this into a tight fit unit, you can make another Smashing Pumpkins album! Go to it!
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