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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Box Set) (Vinyl) [Original recording remastered]

Smashing Pumpkins LP Record
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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply the Greatest Album ever created. July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the greatest combination of musical genius ever created. I feel that Billy Corgan achieved Musical Immortality with the earth shattering collection that is these two CDs. A huge collection of all types of rock, so no matter what your flavor, you will find it all in this stunning variety. It's the only album I have ever listened to that I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the songs. Galapogos, Tonight, Tonight, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Stumbleine, and Zero rank among my all time favorite songs. I completely recommend the collection of B-Sides from this album found in the "Aeroplane Flies High" box set. If you have never heard of the Smashing Pumpkins (Shame, if you haven't) or simply have never picked up this album, do now, as you will enjoy it till the end of time. It's just too bad the greatest band ever formed is no longer around, but their music will live on forever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive And Ambitious Oct. 17 2008
By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" is an incredible work from the American alternative band The Smashing Pumpkins. Released on October 24th of 1995, the double CD (triple album) features some incredibly diverse styles and more input from D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha, though certainly Billy Corgan is still the dominant creative member of the band.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is a unique album due to its wide expansion of musical genres. It flows slowly form the beginning until you hit the song "Jellybelly" which turns the album into a swirling melodic work of art with its twisting guitar notes. Mellon Collie satisfies all your tastes for music. The orchestra of symphony in the song "Tonight, Tonight" proves that Billy Corgan is not only a master at songwriting and the guitar, but at performing songs that lead totally away from the rock world, and still count as rock. Not only a c.d. for all tastes of music, but also in a small way, you can count Mellon Collie in as a tribute c.d. that not only honors teenage angst and pain, but to the band Queen. The song "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" is a 9:21 opus of soft melody combined with the rifts of James Iha and his guitar to commemorate the band in a way. The first c.d. not only houses soft, lullabye songs such as "Tonight, Tonight" and "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" but loud, in- your- ear guitar playing songs that travel from the depths of "Zero", and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", to the heights of "Love", and "Muzzle". In a way, the entire c.d. seems to find ways to mold the heavy, angstful guitar notes into a brighter, happier tone which is a success in this c.d. The second c.d. in this double set entitled "Twilight to Starlight" definitely delivers the heavy, poetic guitar playing, as the first c.d. does. The c.d. starts, with slow, rythmic guitar, and floods over its banks in the songs "Bodies", "Tales of a Scorched Earth", and "XYU" creating a metallic masterpiece. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable in every imaginable sense July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the best release by the Pumpkins, and one of the best collection of music ever. The arrangement and layout of the music is flawless and the tempo manages to remain unpredictable yet somehow correct through the entire album. There are just too many songs to talk about, but my favorites are definitely "Tonight, Tonight", "Jellybelly", "Here Is No Why", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" (with what is arguably Jimmy Chamberlain's greatest drum performance), "To Forgive", "Galapagos" (great lyrics "If we died right now/This fool you loved/Somehow is here with you), album epic "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (plays out like a Shakespearan play), "Bodies" (which reminds us "Love is suicide"), "1979" (modern rock hit, the events mirror what probably happened to the youth in 1969, 89, 99, and probably 09 as well, brilliant song, hopeful lyrics), and megaunderrated "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (another album epic with the line "The night has come to hold us young", which gives ultimate hope to a generation that is somehow managing to lose its way).
Ten tracks listed above, these are the ones that truly stand head and shoulders above the remaining. Not to take anything away from the others as they are role players and role players are also important in every great album. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is what the 90's were all about, and it makes me proud to have been getting into good modern music (nothing beats classics) when this album, along with efforts such as (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis, The Bends by Radiohead were the great albums, and major breakthroughs not only in musicianship, but also in terms of a band having the substance, the guts, the mojo.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is brilliant in every sense, and Billy Corgan in his prime as a frontman. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
service rapide et produit impeccable, je l'aime!!
Published 6 days ago by capitainekrunch2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deluxe Edition
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Ernest Hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars and I still love it today
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
First issue I bought had horrible distortion. This re issue is a million times better and well worth the price
Published 9 months ago by KReid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vinyl Boxset
I was apprehensive about buying this boxset because I had read so many negative reviews about it's audio quality (I think Zero was supposed to sound pretty distorted and I want to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Clive Huxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Cameron Ralph
2.0 out of 5 stars Great packaging and design, but seriously flawed mastering
The packaging was beautiful and you get quite a bit for your money, however if you're buying it for more than just a collectors piece and are interested in listening to it with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DenL
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad pressing, do not accept substandard pressings!
Like others have reported, the track "Zero" (last track, first side) is muddled and sounds terrible due to a bad pressing (last track runs too far into the dead wax... Read more
Published 12 months ago by EmmEff
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Box Set
Happy that I purchased this item.
Expensive set but great addition to collection.
I love this Band. Excellent artwork and 4 LPs
Published 12 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, way nicer than expected!
I already knew I loved the album of course, but I was not expecting this item to be so impressive as far as production and packaging goes. It's a great deal for what you get!! Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Jones
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