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4.0 out of 5 stars A good compilation but an outstanding band, 31 Mar 2002
This review is from: Rotten Apples, Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
With such an unusual band as The Smashing Pumpkins, a greatest hits compilation never sounded such a brilliant idea to me. The main problem with this greatest hits record is that it obviously focuses on singles and, as most true fans will tell you and as some other reviewers have pointed out, the Pumpkins' best moments were usually not the blockbusting singles but hidden away in the middle of albums. I say "usually" because that's really not the case with their first two albums and therefore I can't really complain with "Siva," "Rhinocerus," "Today," "Cherub Rock" or "Disarm." The lovely "Drown" is an unexpected treat aswell but I am a bit crushed that "I am one" and the brilliant "Rocket" (Which WERE both singles by the way) have been left out.
"Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" was probably the highpoint of the Pumpkins' career and if I were compiling this album it would probably be at least a third of "Mellon Collie." In spite of the albums colossal size (over two hours and 28 tracks) you'd be hard pushed to find anything that I would call filler. "Tonight, tonight," "1979" and especially "Zero" are absolute gems but the albums hidden treasures: "Galapogos," "Porcelina of the vast ocean," "Where boys fear to tread," "X.Y.U" and loads of others really should be on this disc aswell.
The album "Adore" had some lovely stuff on it but was a slightly hit-and-miss affair with some great melodies getting lost under waves of electronica. It sometimes works but on "Ava Adore" it kinda flops. "Perfect" and "Eye" are much better but two of the best "Adore" tracks: "To Sheila" and "Behold the nightmare" have been left out (Particularly annoying because at this stage the compilers really should have realised that the Pumpkins were a commercial failure from "Adore" onwards so they should have stopped looking for non-existant "greatest hits" and picked the best songs instead.)
Everyone I know pretty much hates "Machina" but for me it was another high-point. "Stand inside your love" is one of the best tracks on this album and again, it's a shame there wasn't room for "Heavy Metal Machine," "This time" and "Wound."
By far the biggest crime is committed towards the end of the album. "Machina 2" was a fitting swan song for the Pumpkins and it's pretty criminal that only one track (and not the best track either) makes it onto the disc while bruising heavy metal such as "Dross" and "Cash car star" get the cold shoulder.
One of my fellow reviewers got it exactly right in that this should have been a double disc compilation because as it is, this is an album which tries to cram everything the Pumpkins were about onto one disc; a task almost impossible to pull off. If you have anything more than a casual interest in the Smashing Pumpkins then for heaven's sake save up and get the proper albums. You'll not regret it.
bob
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P.S yes the bonus disc sucks too
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