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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Smashing news from the Pumpkins

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As most fans of The Smashing Pumpkins will tell you, their best material is from their earlier days. The Iha/D'arcy/Corgan/Chamberlin configuration produced some very iconic and defining music from the era.

Walski has not heard their latest stuff, but has heard that it pales in comparison. So this piece of news, while most welcomed, is not at all surprising. Something to definitely look forward to in the coming couple of years...

Smashing Pumpkins to reissue albums with extras

The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue their classic recordings during a three-year programme that kicks off in the fall with expanded versions of three albums including their 1993 breakthrough “Siamese Dream,” frontman Billy Corgan and EMI Music said yesterday.

Also due out then will be their 1991 full-length debut “Gish” and the 1994 rarities collection “Pisces Iscariot.” An exact release date has not been finalised.

Next year, Corgan and EMI will reissue the 1995 double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” the 1996 five-disc boxed set “The Aeroplane Flies High” and 1998’s commercial disappointment “Adore.”

In 2013, the 2000 swan songs “Machina/The Machines of God” and “Machina II: The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music” will come out as one package. A hits package, presumably featuring such modern-rock radio staples as “1979,” “Cherub Rock” and “Today,” will also be released in 2013.

“What makes the deal with EMI groundbreaking is the band has secured the right to all unreleased materials and will be in charge of any additional releases based on our discretion,” Corgan, the band’s singer/songwriter/guitarist, said in a statement. “In essence, the band has the keys to the warehouse and can release whatever we want, when we want it.”

The statement did not detail what bonus material would be included on the reissues.