- 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 (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Aeroplane Flies High - Deluxe Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.
Essential for any Smashing Pumpkins fans and a good introduction for all new-comers.
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Love it! I had this years ago on CD and played it till it burnt out! Some of the extra songs on here are amazing. Vintage Smashing Pumpkins! If your a fan and haven't got - get it!Published 16 months ago by Chadders
I feel so sorry for all the SP fans out there. The APFH is no longer avalible, i bought mine only a month ago, i ust have been the last person in the UK to buy it because the day... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2001