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A great compilation
on 23 November 2001
Devoted Pumpkins fans are likely to say that their favourite songs Corgan has penned are those that stayed well out of the limelight. Though I agree with this, this does not diminish the sheer quality of this album, a collection of their singles and other highlights.
Bringing together classics from the psychedelic Rhinoceros and the grungy Cherub Rock to the electronic Eye and Ava Adore, the 1st CD gives a great overview of what the band achieved. Listening in order also puts Corgan's versatility on display - he has never ceased to progress his music. Quite simply great music allround that has artistic merit and a degree of mass appeal.
The 2nd CD is certainly more of a treat for die-hard fans. Though some tracks will have wide appeal (such as Slow Dawn and Set The Ray To Jerry), the material here will be more attractive to those who have known The Smashing Pumpkins' music through the ages. Featuring several new tracks, from the superb 'My Mistake' to the frankly abysmal 'Because You Are', it's a must for all true fans.
I should imagine that the majority of people to snap up this double CD will be long devotees of the band... but the first CD (available separately) is something for everything, and a fitting homage to a truly great, great band.