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Machina-The Machines of God [CASSETTE]

Smashing Pumpkins Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette (28 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hut
  • ASIN: B000044U27
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance! 4 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After the release of Mellon collie and the infinate sadness, Billy Corgan stated that it would be the band's last album of that type. This was proved, but still to the surprise of many, with the release of Adore. Now, with the return of the drummer, Jimmy Chamberlain, the Smashins Pumpkin's release MACHINA/the machines of God; a high-flown, sometimes heavy, sometimes mellow part 1 of their farewell.
It is the sort of album that you will either love or hate. The album is opened by the rather heavy "The Everlasting Gaze", which, although easy to appreciate, lacks something that long-time Smashing Pupmkins fans have come to expect. This is followed though by the Duran Duranish "Raindrops and Sunshowers" before the first single, "Stand Inside Your Love", which conclusively proves that the Pumpkins have still "got it". Just when you thought the album could get no better, this is followed by "I of the Mourning" which starts out slowly, but finishes in style with Jimmy Chamberlain proving that the band were firmly correct to re-enstate him.
After this promising start, the album fluctuates from the very good, to the quite good, before reaching the peak: track 13, "With Every Light", an atmospheric number which re-asserts the truth that the band has not deteriorated, but progressed; a certainty which may have waver within the listener since track 9: "The Imploding Voice".
On the whole, it is fair to say that the album has more ups ("Stand Inside your Love", "I of the Mourning", "This Time" and "With Every Light") than downs ("The Impolding Voice" and "Blue Skies Bring Tears").
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amost - But Better Is Out There 11 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
All the other reviews here say why this is a great release but it's worth mentioning that this was meant to be a far bigger project.

Well, record companies often do the stupidest things. Billy Corgan wanted this to be a double CD and they said no. Then Billy wanted to release another album called 'Machina II' (also a double) and they said no again.

Poor sales was their reason but this is the Smashing Pumpkins we're talking about here. Surely a record company should have faith in their artists. Oh, I'm being silly now.

Get this and then head over to the Pumpkins' own site where you can download 'Machina II' for nothing. It makes this whole project make sense. 'Machina II' is a rougher and more life affirming experience and (along with Machina I) you can hear what Billy Corgan was really trying to do here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands up on its own 26 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Smashing Pumpkins record I bought, and despite working backwards through the earlier recodings, this remains my firm favourite. Maybe I'm not a typical Pumpkins fan, but this has drive and energy to it that I find lacking in 'classics' like Mellon Collie. Almost every track has my foot tapping away as the beat takes me over...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Billy and co. 3 Mar 2000
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Format:Audio CD
If with "Mellon Collie" the SP's proved that a double-album in the MTV-fuelled 3-minute attention span '90's wasn't necessarily commercial suicide, then with "Adore" they didn't quite win the dare, jarring quite sharply and harmfully between wash-out shallow singles and deep awesome lovely textures.
It comes as a relief then that Billy and co are back on-track despite the problems that have come upon them and still threaten. On first listen, like all SP albums (IMHO) it all seems like a mash of sonics - 3/4th listen in things begin to clarify. Token rockers "The Everlasting Gaze" and "Heavy Metal Machine" (do these sound perhaps a little similar to previous SP rockers "Zero" and "Love" respectively?), hit first, but then slower deeper songs like "The Scared and Profane", "Try Try Try", "This Time" and "I of the Mourning" kick-in and its hard not to be involved. The album slides from overt heavy at the beginning to soft fade-out come the end, yet yields it almost subliminally so that you feel almost a lifetime's emotions passing with each listen. Maybe at the long 73 minute running time some would agree cynically so, but the time is never wasted, Billy saturates the disc with feel. Its almost as if the disc is beating a pulse in your hands. If there are any faults to mention then its only perhaps that the album will not lure anyone so far alien to the Pumpkins cause.
Overall, especially it seems from current interviews with the band, Billy is down and angry again, and as of the past it seems that if pain causes pleasure then this latest slice is something to treasure. Those with a short attention span will not enjoy this, but SP fans and lovers of deep, intelligent, enjoyable 3-dimensional rock will be in Zen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite 1995 25 May 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I must agree with many of the contributors, this is a good album, and with 'Music' in the poor state it is in at the moment with the saturation of candy sweet pop this is a metaphorical light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Following the terrible 'Adore' and the mass walk away by many genuine Pumpkins fans, at least Billy C has attempted to try and go back to what he excells at, self pitying rock music. The album contains a few Great songs, of which 'This Time' and 'Glass and the ghost children' still stop me in my tracks with their brilliance every time I hear them. But in places there is still reminants of what and where Billy attempted to go with Adore. Many will say music should only evolve, but the pumpkins went too far last time and lost the essence of what they had brilliantly created. Buy this album, it'll make you believe in rock again, but it certainly isnt Mellon Collie or Siamese Dream if that is what you are searching for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Rock
Taken on its own, Machina_The Machines of God is an interesting album with some great moments, e.g. Stand Inside your Love, and some less accessible, even perhaps quite patchy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bubo
4.0 out of 5 stars Machina CD The Smashing Pumpkins
Good CD although not my favourite but definately one for the collection. If a fan of the SP then by this CD.
Published 11 months ago by punk
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful album
An extraordinary album, truly masterpiece by the Smashing Pumkins and, as always, with very specific characteristics. However, if e.g. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Radoslaw Poweska
4.0 out of 5 stars dk
yeah dis is a good album its got good variation abot it da pumpkins are a very good indie type group
Published 20 months ago by darren kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly underrated masterpiece
For many Pumpkins fans 'Machina' is near the bottom of the collection. Yet, it is an amazing album, it has that classic pumpkins feel thanks to Jimmy Chamberlain's return, whilst... Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by C22man
4.0 out of 5 stars The Machine Stops
As different as they could get from Adore, but also Melon Collie... and Siamese Dream. It's almost proper heavy metal in places and has a renewed vigour that was missing from their... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by ratmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Machina / underrated masterpiece
Benefitting from the return of original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, this record tears its way back into the progressive rock sphere, with a maturity and completeness... Read more
Published on 15 May 2011 by beardsom
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute genius
Published on 22 April 2009 by Mr. D. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I was never a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins until I heard this album. In fact, I still don't lile a lot of their other stuff now. Read more
Published on 16 April 2008 by Janie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracker, if you give it the chance...
By the time this album came out, I had entirely gone off the Smashing Pumpkins and everything metal or rock influenced. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2007 by Mr. David A. Paton
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