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Rotten Apples, Greatest Hits
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2002
What a bargain!34 awesome songs for such a price a compilation of b-sides and their greatest hits, which brings me to my one criticism its not really their greatest hits-its their singles and don't really reflect their best work.But you can't go wrong with the pumpkins, if Billy and the crew seen these singles fit to release on single then who am I to argue.Don't get me wrong I love the songs the 'Pumpkins released on single they are quite simply not their best.Apart from that this album has it all electrifying guitar solos, scorching bass lines the freshed drum beats around, since Dave Grohl, and the vocals bring home what a collection of talented artists this group are. To sum up great songs, great album, great band! Sorry to lose them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 October 2002
Opening with the awesome riff of Siva, this is, for once, a greatest hits with absolutely the best tracks. From the classic, rousing, tuneful hard rock masterpiece of 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' to the relentless 'Cherub Rock' and the heartbreaking 'Disarm', the nostalgic, beautiful '1979' and the epic tenderness of 'Tonight, Tonight', this collection always rocks, never disappoints.
Memories of all the different styles come along, even the Pumpkins' exercises into dance-influenced territory with 'Ava Adore' (the song not the album), 'Perfect' and particularly the dubby 'Eye'. Then more heavy rock comes along with 'The Everlasting Gaze' and finally we get two previously unreleased tracks: the epic big riffs meet soaring strings 'Real Love' and the catchy, uplifting 'Untitled', the latter of which (bar its title) is actually one of their best songs.
The second disc, if you've managed to get it, features B-sides and rarities. Like many such collections, the material here is mixed, but there are several good tracks, notably the beautiful acoustic 'Sparrow' and the polar opposite raging metal of 'Marquis in Spades'.
I would recommend this collection to absolutely anyone wishing to get into Smashing Pumpkins. Like most Greatest Hits, it doesn't offer all material, but is a very useful roundup of the first tracks to get into and will offer ideas of which individual albums to buy. It is also well worth buying for old fans for the two unreleased tracks on CD1 and rarities on CD2. So, overall, a collection worth buying for all. 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2001
When the Smashing Pumpkins first emerged, they were dismissed as being grunge chancers, riding on the tails of Nirvana's success. By 1995's timeless "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", they'd confirmed themselves to be one of the biggest and best bands the world has ever seen. On "Rotten Apples", the band's immensly successful career is documented on an 18 track CD along with a limited edition sister CD to 1994's B-Sides collection "Pisces Iscariot". The CD itself is an absolute joy to listen to for anyone, but for fans of the band it is a particularly tearful reminder that the Pumpkins were a unique band, and we'll never see their kind again. From the epic "Siva" to the caustic "Zero", the moving "Disarm" to the dreamy "1979", every song on here is a gem. The grunge classic "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" is an energetic sing-a-long, whilst breakthrough single "Today" is an alt.pop masterpiece. The OTT string-laden extravaganza "Tonight, Tonight" is a favourite for many, whilst farewell single "Untitled" is a hark back to the band's glory days. All in all, this has to be one of the best "Greatest Hits" collections ever compiled, and is sure to be a massive hit. The music world will never be the same without the Pumpkins, and "Rotten Apples" is the perfect farewell from the band to their legions of loyal fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2001
Greatest hits seems to be the big thing of the moment, with green days international superhits, and manic street preachers recording theres, but the smashing pumpkins greatest hits is a quality album showing just how good the americans are, songs like today, tonight tonight and ava adore all on the one cd is something i have waited for, for a long time, they even managed to put two new songs on the album despite the fact they split up a year ago. Its even better when you consider the bomus cd with rarities and bsides, most bands release the bsides record as another money making spin off but not the pumpkins,
this album is deffinitly worth buying for any rock music fan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2001
As a band who's music spanned more than a decade, the Smashing Pumpkins musical variety acquired them as many detractors as it earned them followers. This is why Rotten Apples provides such wonderful memories of the Pumpkins, because it covers their material written as early as the late 1980's, right up until the present day with their final release "untitled". Rotten Apples represents a great choice for both long time fans of the band, and a great introduction for those less familiar, and the inclusion of various little heard b-sides on the bonus disc makes this release well worth owning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2001
This can only be summed up in one way: genius! Everyone, whether a Pumpkins fan or not, knows of their intense songs and original stylings, and this greatest hits compilation shows of all of their best pieces. Rotten Apples, the first cd, would have been fine on its own. It has all of their best songs, including classics like Bullet With Butterfly Wings and Today, along with the smashing (no pun intended) final single, Untitled. So, alone Rotten Apples is truely stunning. But then you get to the second disc: Judas O. This is a collection of the best B-Sides that they have ever made and is a perfect addition to an already perfect greatest hits album!!! Buy Buy Buy!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2001
I don't know why nobody has reviewed this so far. The first disc can be called a regular Best Of but it also includes some tracks that aren't that obvious. For instance there is 'Drown' which wasn't available on the regular albums of the Pumpkins. 'Eye' was on the soundtrack for 'Lost Highway', 'Real Love' is a Machina II. outtake and 'Untitled' was previously unreleased. But the real treasure is the second disc. It features material of a very broad stylistic range and many of it till now was absolutely unavailable. And as already said in the Amazon review 'Sparrow' is extremely beautiful. So this one is worth buying for every fan of the band. But it is also a good chance to get in touch with this band for those who don't know their albums.
P.S.: Every album of the Smashing Pumpkins is worth to invest your money in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2001
when buying a greatest hits record you expect all of what you've already heard and got. This album puts any other greatest hits album in the gutter. Rotten apples has everything that was great about the pumpkins. From the heavy zero to the laid back 1979 which is one of the best songs ever written. There isn't a bad song on there and as for judas o you wonder why these never made it. These have as much pumpkin feeling in them as another and shouldn't be ignored as there just b sides.
This album really does draw you into them and listen eagerly with every second. After listening you think why did they ever split up in the first place? They were the greatest band of the 90's and wasted so much talent by splitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2005
Rotten apples the best of the alternative grunge band of the 90's these guys were slapped with the grunge label when they first came out, but they were never a grunge band more a hard rock band with a sense of pop to keep everyone happy listen to this album and you won't beileve that billy corgan wrote all them song what a genius
Judas O what a collection of B.sides and Rarities it features the fantastic songs aereoplane flies high, because you are, my mistake, here's to the atom bomb
oh yeah i forgot about rotten album standout tracks
Rhinocerous,drown, today, bullet with butterfly wings, eye, ave adore and perfect..you need this band in your life TODAY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2003
I bought this album a while ago and it's a classic. Let's look at the album as whole. It's the last will and testament of a band that were well before their time. Siva and 1979 for me are the outstanding tracks on an album of outstanding tracks. Billy Corgan wrote sublime songs for a band full of sublimely talented musicians.
The slower songs are classics alongside the faster numbers. I cannot rate this album highly enough, for the simple reason because the band have now broken up.
Be the envy of all your friends purchase and crank up the volume and blow them away.
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