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Aeroplane Flies High Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 17 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
2. ...Said Sadly
3. You're All I've Got Tonight
4. Clones (We're All)
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 1979
2. Ugly
3. The Boy
4. Cherry
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Zero
2. God
3. Mouths Of Babes
4. Tribute To Johnny
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Tonight, Tonight
2. Meladori Magpie
3. Rotten Apples
4. Jupiter's Lament
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Disc: 5
1. Thirty-Three
2. The Last Song
3. The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)
4. Transformer
See all 6 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Limited five vinyl LP pressing of The Smashing Pumpkin's platinum-selling 1996 release. This box features the original 33 track version remastered by Bob Ludwig and is appearing on vinyl for the first time.

The Smashing Pumpkins Aeroplane Flies High features:
  • All five Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness singles (33 songs in all)
  • 28 B-Sides (not found on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)--12 Previously Unreleased, 5 bonus cover songs only available in this box set
  • 44-Page book with photos, lyrics, and complete discography

A five-disc set of all the singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, plus their B-sides, outtakes and a bunch of covers, The Aeroplane Flies High is the Pumpkins' rock OD. Bloated? Of course it's bloated. Bloat is the idea. But, for those who are fascinated with Billy Corgan's mind already, it's a curious glance at the man behind the curtain: There are some perfectly good rockers that were excluded from Mellon Collie only because there were already functionally equivalent songs on it; there's the insane 23-minute "Pastichio Medley" of half-grown riffs and works-in-progress, and, in covers of Cars, The Cure, and Missing Persons songs, there are hints of the new wave ideas at the Pumpkins' heart. --Douglas Wolk

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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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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Unlike Nirvana and Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins never had all the angst about success that the aforementioned bands had. Sure, they had angst. It was the mid 1990s and it was grunge. Most bands had angst. But Billy was smart enough to market it. For Billy, he wanted to be a rock star, and that's what he got to be.

And not only that, he was the most prolific songwriter of the whole grunge movement. I have assembled my own Pumpkins' B-Side/Rarities CD-R collection, which is a full five 80 minute cds, comprised entirely of material that was released officially but never released on their six studio albums. This box set is a testament to his prolific writing. What's also a testament to Corgan is just how GOOD all these B-sides are. He's kinda like Dylan in that Corgan's outtakes, at least in this period, is just phenomenal.

For their third album, MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, the band turned in one of the most ambitious (and some say indulgent) albums rock ever saw. It was a double album with a two hour running time (long even for a double album), and Corgan and Company did everything from folk, dreamy pop, jazz, heavy medal, hard rock, and new wave. Listening to Corgan was somewhat akin to listening to an amalgamation of David Bowie, Husker Du, and a good number of 1970s rock bands. For my money, MELLON COLLIE is a flat-out masterpiece, easily the best album the band ever did, and on par with Soundgarden's BADMOTERFINGER, Alice in Chains' DIRT, Pearl Jam's TEN, Mudhoney's, and even the critical darling Nirvana's NEVERMIND. In my view, MELLON COLLIE really is my generation's version of Pink Floyd's THE WALL. It's that good.

But here's the amazing thing.
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