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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

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 (1 Jan 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024JHZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
2. Tonight, Tonight
3. Jellybelly
4. Zero
5. Here Is No Why
6. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
7. To Forgive
8. An Ode To No One
9. Love
10. Cupid De Locke
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Where Boys Fear To Tread
2. Bodies
3. Thirty-Three
4. In The Arms Of Sleep
5. 1979
6. Tales Of A Scorched Earth
7. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby
8. Stumbleine
9. X.Y.U.
10. We Only Come Out At Night
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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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

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2CD set. Massive 1995 LP features "Bullet With ..." ; "1979" and "Tonight Tonight".

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as alternative rock gets... 3 Mar 2004
By JS
Format:Audio CD
The genius of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is its sheer scope. It establishes the Pumpkins as a genre in their own right and, thus is like no other album. The name of the album and tracks and the sleeve artwork set the tone for what I've always considered a melodrama in musical form. The songs deal with love, despair and anger in equal measures, whilst there are enough life-affirming moments ("you're not same you're different tonight/and you can make it last forever") to ensure that not everything is doom and gloom.
By and large however, Mellon Collie is a dark album - either it breaks your heart - e.g. the beautiful Stumbleine or desparate In the Arms of Sleep; or it tears it out in a maelstrom of raging distortion (this album is at times the sonic representation of the brutality of warfare) - e.g. Tales of a Scorched Earth or XYU - sometimes it does both at the same time - e.g. Bodies.
The lyrics are some of the greatest ever to have been written, proof of that fact evident in the evocative 1979, Muzzle and Thirty three - there's even some dark humour in the quirky Lily (my one and only) Incidentally, I've read a lot of reviews that regard the first disc to be superior to the second. In my opinion this is not the case - Bodies, Thirty-three, Arms of sleep, 1979 - and I could go on - combined with the subtle Beautiful and delicate Farewell and Goodnight make Twighlight to Starlight a superb album in its own right.
If you like intelligent, skillfully performed rock, Mellon Collie is for you. It is music for the soul, an album that transports you to its own world and sets you adrift in a sea of raw emotion. Buy it now, avail yourself of everything else the Pumpkins have produced, and keep an eye out for Billy Corgan's new solo album in the hopefully not too distant future.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic... 28 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This has become a very personal album to me. I can remember the day i bought it and coming home and playing it for the first time and being blown away. I'd never heard an album like it and i don't think i have since.
The first song (the title track)is a gorgeous opener and will seduce you right away with its beautiful piano melody. It's then followed by tonight, tonight, again a beautiful song and then just as you've started getting comfortable you're greeted with the crushing heaviness of the opening riff from jellybelly.Of course Corgan never just relies on heavy riffage alone, the chorus in jellybelly (particularly the last one) soars and confirms what a brilliant and ambitious songwriter he is. Probably the best of his generation at the time he wrote this album.
This whole album is about balance, for every hard riff there is a beautiful melody. There is so much depth to this album, no emotion seems to be left out and it really is a journey of many ups and downs. I personally love the way that at the end of the album as the dying chords of the last song begin to melt away you hear a similar piano melody to the one at the beginning of the album so that you feel you've come full circle, only this time you have this whole journey behind you, and all the emotions you have felt from listening to these songs, from this journey. Somehow it all sounds different now.
This is truly an album, rather than a collection of songs. Although each song is individually enjoyable it is the overall impression this album leaves you with. Every track is very different, varying in pace, style and sound and yet there seems to be a common thread that links them all. a common message. what that is I dont know.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy from here 3 Dec 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is amazing. Unfortunately, overpriced here. It costs about 70 quid to get from the Smashing Pumpkins website (smashingpumpkins.com). I only got it off here, because the Pumpkins' store appeared to have sold out of it. Now it hasn't and I feel foolish. Don't buy from here and spend more than you have to though. Same goes for the 5CD DVD set!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 9 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album works very well as the two CD package that it is. Simply because the first CD works as a wonderful and well crafted rock album, filled with grungey moments of excellence such as Zero, Bullet... and Love and beautiful epics like Tonight Tonight, Porcelina and To Forgive, plus the pure rock of Muzzle and Jellybelly. This is the incentive for buying MCIS. What is truly masterful is the second CD. Without the first CD which due to its natural charm sells the second as a matter of course, no one would bother with it except hard-core music lovers. As it stands, many people have found out that with a bit of listening, the likes of Thru The Eyes Of Ruby, Stumbeline and Thirty Three grab you and take hold of your speakers, not allowing you to put CD one on ever again. This of course means that you can listen to the gorgeous 1979 all the time until you die. Which is no bad thing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the greatest albums of the 90s and only a couple of others come close. When this was released, the UK was in the middle of the Britpop explosion and this album was entirely out of step with the current scene. Despite the grunge origins of the band, this is closer in spirit to Black Sabbath or even early Genesis (check out the ultra-prog artwork and the title track) than to Nirvana, though there are plenty of trashy tracks in there.
The reason this is a masterpiece is because it is so multidimensional. On first listen it is a sprawling confusing mess and it took me many listens to appreciate exactly how good it is. In fact every time you play it you notice something new and interesting. How many albums can you say that about?
This album has everything - delicacy (the title track), full on metal attack (Jellybelly, XYU), rock (Tonight, Tonight), prog rock (Porcelina of the Vast Oceans, Thru the eyes of Ruby) and even Beatles style pop (Lily). Smashing Pumpkins' White Album? - oh yes.
The sad thing is how few bands have been inspired by this album to make innovative, risk taking music of their own. Perhaps only Radiohead come close to making this kind of adventurous rock music these days.
All the other Pumpkins albums are worth getting. The most accessible one is probably Siamese Dream, though Adore is underrated and excellent in an entirely different way to this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy not Sad
Great way to present this album. Although I have this on CD this vinyl version sounds terrific. If you like this band and are a vinyl fan then I'd recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Johnny Blanco
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenol (spelt right?)
Just brilliant, hard to believe how good this is. They do hard rock, eerie slow numbers, and beautiful acoustic songs, address love, hate, birth and death...so eclectic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kieron Hegarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic + extras.
Excellent album, takes me back. Full of tender and rockin moments.

Well worth the price for the extra tracks and alternate versions.
Published 11 months ago by scott walker
5.0 out of 5 stars just genious
This is the Smashing Pumpkins' eternal masterpiece, I just love it! Probably my favourite of all their albums ever. No more comments needed.
Published 12 months ago by Radoslaw Poweska
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb X-mas gift
I bought this as a X-mas gift for one of my best friends. He has a collection of over 1500 original CDs and over 2000 LPs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Boba Natale
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music but as a deluxe should have more.
Brilliant album music first class remasters my only gripe which is my reason for not adding an extra star is for a deluxe edition it should have more like a box with lyric booklet... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Philip Dootson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Brought back happy memories used to have this cd back in the nineties but got left behind somewhere Good times
Published 14 months ago by Liam Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative rock classic!
I have always been a fan of alternative rock, The Smashing Pumpkins are one of my favourite bands that fit into that category, their first two albums were good, but their third:... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ReviewBlog51
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pumpkins
I bought this as a gift for my friend's 15 year old son who is heavily into his music and plays in a band - he LOVED it. Album arrived quickly and in pristine condition. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars The world is a vampire!
Stunning stunning double album. Play this loud til your ears bleed. Blinding songs and blistering guitar make this one of my fave albums of all time. All hail the mighty pumpkins.
Published 14 months ago by Ian Macleod
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