Album + Compilation

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples2×CD18 + 16
  • JP2001-11-16
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)VJCP-68343-444988006796430
Greatest Hits: Rotten ApplesCD18
  • AU2001-11-19
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)8115562724381155622
Greatest Hits2×CD18 + 16
  • AU2001-11-19
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples2×CD18 + 16
  • XE2001-11-19
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), Hut Recordings7243 8 11557 2 1, CDHUTD70724381155721
Greatest Hits: Rotten ApplesCD18
  • GB2001-11-19
Hut RecordingsCDHUT70724381155622
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples (limited edition)2×CD18 + 16
  • CA2001-11-20
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 8 11318 2 4724381131824
Greatest Hits: Rotten ApplesCD18
  • US2001-11-20
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 8 11316 2 6724381131626
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples (Limited Edition)2×CD18 + 16
  • US2001-11-20
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 8 11318 2 4724381131824
Greatest HitsCD18
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)8 11556 2724381155622
Greatest Hits: Rotten ApplesCD18
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), Hut Recordings7243 8 11556 2 2, CDHUT70724381155622
Promotion
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples2×CD18 + 16
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 8 11318 2 4724381131824
(unknown)
Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples2×12" Vinyl11 + 12
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries), Hut Recordings7243 8 11556 2 2, CDHUT70724381155622

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associated singles/EPs:Untitled and Other Choice Cuts
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/48790 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/cp25 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/S/Smashing_Pumpkins/Discography/Greatest_Hits/ [info]
http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/S/Smashing_Pumpkins/Discography/Judas_O/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/the_smashing_pumpkins/rotten_apples__the_smashing_pumpkins_greatest_hits/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000016878 [info]
Wikidata:Q2292814 [info]

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As is usual at this time of year, some bands release Greatest Hits packages and some will release collections of B-sides and rarities. This release does both in one-handy-suits-all double CD.

The Greatest Hits disc, named Rotten Apples, features a decades worth of work from their first album Gish to their last, Machina / the machines of God. All your favourite songs are here including "Cherub Rock" and "Today", the hits that took the cool alternative band into stadium rock territory. These tracks still make the hairs on the back of the neck stand on end with Billy Corgan's strained vocals presiding over raging guitars and relentless drum beats.

The band built their success on angst fuelled lyrics, getting wild and loud whilst remaining controlled and tuneful and therefore accessible to the masses. The heavy tracks are there ("Zero" & "Stand Inside Your Love") but they are placed next to the quieter, dreamy pop songs ("Tonight, Tonight" & "Try, Try, Try"). The highs and lows of their music are inevitably compared to their off the field activities.

Siamese Dream catapulted them to stardom but then the band almost collapsed when drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and Jonathan Melvoin, the group's touring keyboardist, overdosed on heroin. Melvoin died and although Chamberlin survived, he was temporarily fired from the band. The remaining members managed to re-group, with the near perfect "Perfect" being the high point of the Adore album. Then suddenly Corgan announced that it was all over and their 2000 tour would be their last, ensuring that they finished on a high rather pursuing a career treading water.

The Judas O B-sides and rarities collection will satisfy Pumpkin obsessives with its outtakes from the Adore and Machina sessions, but it simply cannot compete with its sister CD. "Here's to the Atom Bomb", "Waiting" and "Rock On", (yes, a cover of the David Essex classic - which also features lyrics from Van Halen songs) stand out from the others, which at worst slip into incoherent rock ramblings.

A rare pleasure these days, a collection of tracks that span a band's career that can actually justify the Greatest Hits title. If you love the sound of a guitar being put through its paces, then this is a must for your stocking this Christmas.