Following the reissues of 1991’s Gish , 1993’s Siamese Dream and 1994’s Pisces Iscariot , The Smashing Pumpkins will re-release 1995′s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in December.
The album will be available in a variety of formats, including standard and deluxe digital versions and a vinyl package. All versions will include a remastered edition of the original album, while the deluxe versions will include 64 previously unreleased or alternate versions of Mellon Collie -era tracks. The physical version of the deluxe package will also include a live DVD documenting a 1996 concert at Brixton Academy in London, as well as a few performances the band made on the German TV series Rockpalast that same year.
“What strikes me now about Mellon Collie is that we were coming off of making Siamese Dream with Butch Vig -- which was a very idealized statement,” writes frontman Billy Corgan in the upcoming release's liner notes. “Yet coming off of that success, we went completely in the opposite direction...we headed into a much darker, funkier and more visceral terrain. Revisiting Mellon Collie for this edition, that’s what struck me -- that we made this kind of dramatic ‘about face’ at a time when most people would have made an even more expensive idealized statement.”
The Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness reissues will be available December 3.
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