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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), Hut Recordings 7243 8 40864 2 8, CDHUTD 30 724384086428
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 7243 8 40864 2 8 724384086428
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 Virgin Music Canada 7243 8 40861 2 1 724384086121
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 7243 8 40861 2 1 724384086121
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) VJCP-25203/4 4988006712362
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×Cassette 14 + 14 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 7243 8 40861 4 5, 7243 8 40862 4 4, 7243 8 40863 4 3 724384086145
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 3×12" Vinyl 10 + 10 + 10 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 7243 8 41655 1 2 724384165512
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 3×Vinyl 10 + 10 + 10 Hut Recordings HUTTLP30 724384165512
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Mastered for iTunes, deluxe edition) 5×Digital Media 14 + 14 + 21 + 20 + 23 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099997854159
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Mastered for iTunes) 2×Digital Media 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099997856559
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 4×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099997855316 5099997855316
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 5×CD + DVD-Video 14 + 14 + 21 + 20 + 23 + 15 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099997852421 5099997852421
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×CD 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099997855323 5099997855323
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 2×Digital Media 14 + 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Mark Williams (A&R representative)
associated singles/EPs: 1979
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
The Aeroplane Flies High
Thirty-Three
Tonight, Tonight
Zero
part of: The Edge: Top 10 Albums of 1996 (number: 1)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000645152 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/48721 [info]
Wikidata: Q655602 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Smashing_Pumpkins:Mellon_Collie_And_The_Infinite_Sadness_(1995) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/S/Smashing_Pumpkins/Discography/Mellon_Collie_and_the_Infinite_Sadness/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_smashing_pumpkins/mellon_collie_and_the_infinite_sadness/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/15179/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gbzb [info]

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Billy Corgan doesn't do small gestures. The Smashing Pumpkins' ringleader - and the circus analogy is apt given this band's history - desired a debut that'd find its place amongst the greats. But although 1991's Gish was certainly bold, it was 1993's Siamese Dream that elevated his band to the global stage.

And how to follow up one prog-pop-rock odyssey? With another twice as long, naturally. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: the title's clunky, but it's got nothing on the contents. Split into 'Dawn to Dusk' and 'Twilight to Starlight' discs, its 28 tracks are actually the result of a substantial editing process, the band having recorded over 50 for potential inclusion.

Which goes some way to explaining the epic scale of this reissue. Amongst its 64 extras are a strings-free Tonight, Tonight and an acoustic version of Thru the Eyes of Ruby. These rough(er) mixes and skeletal(ish) sketches are interesting insights - but only a true fan will resist the lure of the skip button.

Corgan argued 1995's double-disc effort wasn't a concept album, but there's certainly a thematic backbone, which the frontman summarised as a farewell to his youth. The impudence of a title like F*** You (An Ode to No One) can only come from regression into teenage angst.

Stylistically, Mellon Collie is all over the place. Building-razing rockers rub shoulders with piano ballads, heartfelt confessionals with overblown bombast. It showcases this band at both its best and worst; and such is the variety that no two fans are likely to have the exact same favourite tracks.

Lead single Bullet With Butterfly Wings is raw and rugged; while the woozy, romantic Lily (My One and Only) is a track of real tenderness. The charming 1979, the final song recorded for this album, almost didn't make the cut at all - which would have been madness, as it's brilliant.

Stumbleine is a bare-boned voice-and-guitar piece, but the ugly squall of X.Y.U. threatens to pop one's speakers irreparably. The electronic thuds of Beautiful, meanwhile, foreshadow the digital design of 1998's follow-up LP, Adore. The best track remains Tonight, Tonight - with its string section present, it's almost untouchably perfect.

Mellon Collie is no masterpiece, but its ambition is clearer than anything else Corgan has ever been involved with. It's the grandest of Pumpkins gestures, expensive and infuriating and inspirational - and just occasionally capable of tossing the listener around like a ragdoll.