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Something to remember them by - from the Greatest Ever,
This review is from: Rotten Apples / Judas O (Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
From my own experience people fall into one of two categories when it comes to the Smashing Pumpkins. The first being the section of the population who detest this band and anything to do with them. Whether it be Billys vocals , their naval gazing temperament or their unwillingness to conform to what "rock" music is supposed to be in this day - they just don't want to know!
On the other side you have people who simply love this band above any other. The people who admire the bands ability to change sonically from a whisper to wall of noise in one note and then back again to a calm before you know what hit you. That's just one of many reasons that make this band great and won't mention any others because when it comes to the Pumpkins either already get it or you don't.
Similar to the band this collection titled "Rotten Apples" is a contradiction in itself. This double CD is called a "greatest hits" album but truth be told the Pumpkins never really had any hits! In fact other than "Disarm" or "Tonight Tonight" the band never had a top 10 entry in the UK - which, judging by the amount of rubbish filling the music charts should be taken by you the reader as a badge of honour.
Also it would be unfair to call this album "the best of the pumpkins" because its not. Just ask anyone who's gone out there and bought this bands music to tell you what their favorite Pumpkins songs are and you'll get very different selections of to the ones that appear on this disc.
So on the face of it this album in itself might seem ill advised venture? Fortunately it merits its existence with a bevy of rare (and not so rare tracks) that were not included in the bands five "official" albums between 1991 and 2000.
So what about Rotten Apples itself? Well it gains a point straight away by playing as any honest "best of" album would i.e. in chronological order. It starts with two tracks from Gish ( Siva, Rhinoceros) before three tracks from the LP that broke the band "Siamese Dream" (Cherub Rock, Today, Disarm).
Next comes four from the album that arguably made the pumpkins the biggest band in the world for the year of 1996, namely Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Bullet With Butterfly Wings, 1979, Zero, Tonight, Tonight).
After this is a couple of cuts from the underrated Adore (Ava Adore & Perfect) until finally three tracks from their final "official" album Machina (The Everlasting Gaze, Stand Inside Your Love, Try, Try, Try) see out this collection.
Interspersed with these on Disk 1 are four tracks that most fans may not have (for one reason or another). These are namely "Drown" from the soundtrack of Cameron Crowes grunge pic Singles (1992) & "Eye" which comes off the soundtrack to David Lynch's 1997 movie the Lost Highway.
The other two valuable tracks are "Real Love" which came with the downloadable Machina 2 "Friends and Enemies of modern music" album & finally the imaginatively titled "Untitled" which feels like an early pumpkins song fused with their later direction. An interesting listen in itself to a collection that would be worth buying on its own!
But it is the second disk which will be of most fascination to pumpkins fans. Tentatively titled "Judas O" it contains an array of goodies that only the most obsessive fans out there could claim to already have.
By my count only 4 of the 16 these tracks on the second disk have been released as b-sides namely "Set The Ray To Jerry, Aeroplane Flies High, Believe & Marquis in Spades".
The rest have been taken from the downloadable album MACHINA 2 (Lucky 13, Saturnine, Slow Down, Here's To The Atom Bomb) or are now previously unreleased* material (Because You Are, Sparrow , Waiting,Rock On , Winterlong ,Soot And Stars, Blissed And Gone, My Mistakes).
In conclusion, this title is well worth buying but then again if you are a pumpkins fan then I wont need to convince you of this. Anyone else will probably just go on dismissing this band until the cows come home whilst you'll sit there polietly smiling at them as they tell you every reason under the sun why this band suck. Their loss really! Nothing like consistency in a world gone mad!
* Note: by unreleased I mean one or two were available as limited edition promos or demos but you'll be hard pressed to get your hands on them at this point in time.