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on 23 August 2011
I adore Mellon Collie. It's utterly bonkers, especially in today's sanitised modern download age. The Smashing Pumpkins' finest hour, Mellon Collie shows the talent of Billy Corgan at it's creative peak, churning out brilliant alternative rock songs for fun. Most of the Pumpkins' classics are to be found on this album, showcasing their vast range of stylistic talents. "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Tonight, Tonight", "Jellybelly", "Zero", "Bodies", "1979", "Stumbleine", "Here is No Why" all of them are crammed onto the two discs of Mellon Collie.

It's 28 tracks aren't all perfect, as you'd have to expect with an album of this size. If anything, this adds to the character of the album. There isn't much filler, but what filler there is generally showcases over-ambition, a character trait that is rare in today's rock scene (or the entire music world in my opinion.) Personally, I find the second disc (Twilight to Starlight) to be marginally stronger than the first, feeling more focused but the more famous songs, by and large are to be found on disc one (Dawn to Dusk).

Albums like this prove the naysayers that the 90's were a Limp Bizkit filled dirge, awash with boybands, girlbands and shiny, autotuned pop. Along with Nirvana's "Nevermind", "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" is the joint finest rock album of the 1990's and one of the very greatest ever produced. It's ambition should be applauded, the guts of including acoustic ballads alongside piano led instrumentals to fit around the blistering riff driven rock. The artwork and inserts are beautifully unique in their softly painted style, as is the designs adorning each disc.

Perhaps when those who decide trends set upon a nineties revival, this album will be elevated to the status it deserves. It should be in the top ten of any magazine or website's best album lists. Sadly I've yet to see it mentioned. Embrace ambition, embrace talent at it's most precocious, bombastic and gutsy. Buy and love Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 15 May 2013
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: 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness' is an absolute masterpiece.

It is not an easy task to put together a quality double album and pull it off, more often or not it is a even mixture of good songs and filler (sometimes consisting more of the latter), but this is one of those rare exceptions. As soon as I started playing this album, I was blown away from the start. Perhaps the best known songs are the wonderful, orchestral 'Tonight, Tonight', and the hard rock gem 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings'. There is something for everyone, there are some many different styles to choose from, from heavy rock to mellower tracks and gorgeous ballads. There is a perfect balance of styles and the lyrics by the singer Billy Corgan, who can sing such a variety of songs effortlessly, have so much meaning and depth. The album spawned hit singles (including the aforementioned) and a Grammy win to boot.

With a total of 28 songs, to say that this was an ambitious project was an understatement, but The Smashing Pumpkins released their greatest, never-to-be beaten work with 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness'. Buy it immediately for it is truly an amazing album.
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on 12 August 2011
This is going to be short and sweet. As most will be aware of this album already, and for many years as well, it's greatness will be widespread. Funny how, on it's release, a lot of people had issues with its not being anything like Siamese Dream and too conventional. On reflection, this is still a valid point but it has also evolved over the years into what is now an essential chapter in the Pumpkins' back catalogue. It is different to SD, but it is also just as good.

There are too many tracks to do a track-by-track breakdown but the obvious highlights are: 'Tonight, Tonight', 'Zero', 'Bullet...', 'Thirty Three' and '1979'. The not so obvious highlights (of which there are many) are: The title track, 'Here Is No Why', 'To Forgive', 'An Ode To No One', 'Galapagos', 'Muzzle', 'Porcelina...', 'In The Arms of Sleep' and 'Through the Eyes of Ruby'. Phew!

It does tend to get slightly mawkish towards the latter half of the 2nd disc but the songs are all still winners. It's a long album but one that hits its stride running, has no fat whatsoever and exhibits both the lighter and darker sides of the band's music and songwriting. They have yet to make an album as good as this or SD since (at time of writing 2011) but this will do nicely.
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on 17 February 2018
Bought to make a compilation so for that served its purpose.

Regards ian
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on 23 September 2015
Amazing presentation of an excellent album.

Main thing, however, is be aware that depending on which seller you get this from, you may end up with the US version. I know some collectors will be wary of this due to the difference in resale values between the US and EU versions...
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on 14 January 2013
this is a great remaster of a great album but the three discs of bonus tracks are not good - some of the tracks are pretty much rubbish and some of them are different versions of tracks that will appear again on the Aeroplane Flies High box set - however the DVD is good and the packaging is ridiculous but great.
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on 10 August 2017
I won't comment on the music itself only the audio quality and the recording itself. It's great, as good as the original copy I had almost 20 years ago. Superb.
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on 14 September 2012
The album, Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness is recommended to all lovers of rock music alternative, this double album is considered by the review as one of the best albums of Smashing Pumpkins and one of the most remarkable albums. Themes such as "1979", "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "Tonight, Tonight" are authentic hymns. I advise all lovers of alternative rock music to listen and buy this fabulous one. With great melodies and great guitar riffs, and the sublime voice of Billy Corgan makes this album one of the best ever in the history of music. Simply brilliant.
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on 25 September 2015
So happy to have this CD again in pristine condition, played the last one to infinity!
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on 30 September 2016
great
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