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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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on 23 November 2001
In releasing a greatest hits CD, you are normally faced with a compilation of tracks made up of all your old CDs which you're ran out obediently and brought on the first day of release. The Smashing Pumpkins however, have decided to pay back their fans for a decade's worth of love and adoration by adding to this the remarkable "Judas-O" cd, a collection of b-sides and rarities from the recesses of their back-catalogue and adore / machina sessions.
Listening to the collection, you feel as if you're listening to a proper album rather than a pre-Crimbo money grabber, as we're treated to everything from the heart-felt, to the ear-bleeding in a way which commands your attention at all times. Classics such as "Disarm", "Today" and the epic "Tonight Tonight" are all inclusive, although it is the tracks on Judas O which should be watched out for with equally hungry ears as they take us through a musical wonderland, delivering us to places such as "My Mistake" and "Soot and Stars".
One of things which such an array of intense musical imagination from Billy and co show us is how at all times over the last ten or so years, The Smashing Pumpkins have always been at the cutting edge of the new-musical revolution as they transformed and transcended from art-grunge rockers to borderline goth electro-static musical artists...
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on 25 February 2003
Before listening to this album i had never even heard anythig by the Smashing Pumpkins, but it was the fantastic lyrics and the wide variety in the songs that won me over. Whereas this may not be a definitive collection for hardcore fans, i found instantly to my tastes and played the record for many months to follow. Perfect, 1979, Stand Inside Your Love, Drown and Today and just some of the highlights in this fantastic collection. This band had a big influence on me, to such an extent that i showed interest in Billy Corgan's other project, Zwan.
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on 7 April 2002
When i bought this cd i wasn't really into the pumpkins but my friends were so i thought i'd give them a go. When i heard the album i was impressed but also shocked that thease particular tracks were supposebly their best songs from their whole career. You know that feeling you get when you think that alot of the tracks blend in and sound the same, well i got that big time.
Ill admit that some songs stand out above the rest like "bullet with butterfly...'' and "everlasting gaze'' but alot of the slower ones seemed to bore me a little.
As i am proberbly under threat from fans of the band ill end saying that i didnt get alot of the emotional signifigance behind the songs which is why (if your like me)this album is a better bet than buying the individule ones.
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on 7 April 2010
So many times before I have heard bands wail about record companies cherry-picking a selection of best sellers and slapping them haphazardly onto one CD like some kind of teenage 'best of' compilation used to impress a member of the opposite sex. Generally I am inclined to laugh at their pomposity, as for a large number of bands there really is no loss to the quality of the individual tracks as a result of said shoehorning. This feels like a different case though. Smashing Pumpkins managed to morph their sound dramatically between each of their albums, and as such, this CD just seems to miss the point of what Corgan and co were trying to achieve. Each Pumpkins album really WAS a stand-alone work of art designed to be listened to from start to finish, and not a lot of bands can honestly make that claim. Maybe placing the songs in roughly chronological order was supposed to take the listener on a journey through the development of the band. I feel that the only way to do that properly with the Pumpkins though is to actually listen to their entire back catalogue. I can pretty much guarantee that at least one of their albums will resonate on a deeply personal level with you. This collection just didn't do anything for me.
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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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on 23 September 2002
This can't have anything other than five stars on two counts. The first is that it is a must for fans that wanted to hear some of the material left off the records and other b-sides. Tracks like 'Lucky 13' and 'Here's to the atom bomb' leaves a fan wondering how they were never included in albums. The second count is that this gives an inquisitive listener the best of the best, guiding them through the years that eventually brought down one of rock's finest. A definite record for those who dare to expand their taste.
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on 24 March 2003
This album is a fantastic display of the bands musical talent ranging from heavy songs like Siva to softer songs like Winterlong. The band also make exelent use of other instruments like violins and pianos to give a depth to their songs which is rarley seen. Billy Corgans voice varys imensly from soft relaxing singing on rhinoceros to cracked painfull screaming at the end of bullet with butterfly wings. This album is definitley worth the buy.
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on 22 November 2001
Outstanding, the pumpkins never ceased to amaze and this captures most of their greatest moments perfectly. Possibly the only noted ommission being 'the end is the beginning is the end' from the batman and robin sound track. The second CD is incredibly completist, one or two tracks being lifted from the Zero EP and teh rest being a fascinating insight into what missed out on being released, in particular, the ones taken from the 12 or so mellon collie tracks omitted from that album. This is an essential release for any hardcore pumpkins fan, and a wonderful way for any newcomer to get to grips with their greatest moments.
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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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