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Aeroplane Flies High - Deluxe [Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition]

Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, mostly thanks to the success of second and third albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. At the height of their fame they guest-starred in a memorable episode of The Simpsons.

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  • Audio CD (24 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00CU9LHY2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This new limited edition box set of THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH includes the original 33 track version and has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and expanded to 104 tracks (90 audio and 14 audio-visual) encompassing unreleased demos, alternative versions and live recordings. In addition to the expanded version of Aeroplane s original 5 discs, a 6th disc contains live recordings from the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, while the DVD content is taken from a July, 4 1997, performance in Belfort, France. Included is a 46-page book with liner notes written by David Wild, plus extensive track-by-track notes by The Smashing Pumpkins founder-singer-songwriter-guitarist Billy Corgan for the original releases 33 tracks. The box set has unique packaging with embossed foil wrap & twinkle stock for jackets.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flies high 30 Mar 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tunes. Amazing price!!! 1 Nov 2013
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I am a hauge pumpkins fan so its more or less a given that i would have loved this but the extra's on here are very good indeed.
I have bought many bootlegs over the years with lots of rare tracks that are on here but there are so many more i had never heard before.
This period of time in the pumpkins history was unbeleivably rich with great songs and when you think of the size of the melon colie album itsself with all the b sides on the singles and all the extra never released tracks it is mind bending to think that four people came up with so many great riffs and songs over a few years.

This is a must buy for any fan but i at the price is worth mining for the casual pumpkins listener as well.

The price is reasonalble to say the least! almost £50 cheaper than iTunes.

Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive Masterpeice 7 Sep 2013
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This set is easily the best of the reissue sets released so far. All of the b-sides and demos included add up to a huge collection of classic 90s era Pumpkins, illustrating the quality and variety of the non-album tracks and live material.
Essential for any Smashing Pumpkins fans and a good introduction for all new-comers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music to fit all moods 7 Mar 2001
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This is really for people (like me) who own all the pumpkins albums. Every song would be worth having as a single for most bands - there are some great cover versions too like 'clones' by Alice Cooper. If you liked Mellon Collie you will definately like this.
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