Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Box Set) (Vinyl) Original recording remastered
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Deluxe 180 Gram 4 LP box set remastered for the first time, housed in a 12X12 rigid slipcase with 2 books containing personal notes, new collage artwork, lyrics and more.
Emotionally over-the-top pop extravaganzas like the string-swelling "Tonight Tonight," the Metallica-influenced alternative rock of "Zero," the techno via new wave of "1979"--the 28 songs on this swell two-disc album are as eclectic as their themes are epic and ambitious. Billy Corgan's thin whine isn't much of an instrument, but he makes the most of it by writing smart songs that take emotional chances that more-typical alt rockers would deem uncool. Pessimistic and feeling trapped but still wanting to believe in love, in a future, in something--this is the sound of Gen X at the millennium, with all the self-indulgence and power that would suggest. --David Cantwell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The album is not afraid to take some chances. It opens with an instrumental, which is relatively soft. There is tremendous diversity, as the sound can go from acoustic to very heavy and vice-versa from one song to the next. The majority of the album is made up of relatively short pieces of less than five minutes, but there are a few longer pieces mixed in with the 28 tracks. The shorter pieces tend to stick to one type of sound, while a couple of the longer pieces are more diverse within themselves.
The opening instrumental leads into the excellent "Tonight, Tonight", but the softer and more orchestrated sound doesn't sound last as it then turns much heavier with tracks like "Jellybelly", and "Zero", and the first single "Bullet With Butterfly Wings". The contrast in sounds goes back and forth, between the heavy and the light until eventually the group delivers a longer piece itself filled with contrast in "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", which is then followed with the first half closer "Take Me Down". The album is a concept album of sorts, dealing with the very simple realities of life and death.
The second CD is more of the same, which is to say more diversity of sound and more changes and surprises. The transition from "1979" to "Tales of a Scorched Earth" is a great example of moving from one type of sound to almost its polar opposite from track to track.Read more ›
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You can't get any much better than this box set. Enough said. For the money it's well worth it. Everything cleaned up and shining like it was made yesterday. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Driver 8
One of the best albums of the 90s. Awesome reissue vinyl set. High quality all around.Published 10 months ago by andrewface
Way more then what I expected. For some reason when I first looked at this I thought it was just 5 disks in a small box about the same size as a cd case similar to the packaging of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ernest Hawkes
This was one of the most important and influential albums of my formative late teens, and I still love it today. The box set is a masterpiece. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Rose
First issue I bought had horrible distortion. This re issue is a million times better and well worth the pricePublished on Feb. 9 2014 by Joe
I bought this for my wife and she loves it. The only complaint she has is that on the first side there is very noticeable distortion on the song Zero. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2013 by Cameron Ralph