Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Billy Corgan has always fueled his music with dichotomy: His dueling drives -- grandiosity and self-loathing -- are what propelled his songs and what connected his Smashing Pumpkins to their disenfranchised audience. This nicely constructed collection traces these qualities throughout the Pumpkins' career. At the band's onset, Corgan was clearly gunning for the top spot on Rock's Most Alienated list, and songs like the white-knuckled angst anthem "Cherub Rock" quickly vaulted him to that apex. Over the course of the decade that followed, Corgan and company covered plenty of ground, airing out beatific melodies like "Today" alongside churning rockers like "Bullet with ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Billy Corgan has always fueled his music with dichotomy: His dueling drives -- grandiosity and self-loathing -- are what propelled his songs and what connected his Smashing Pumpkins to their disenfranchised audience. This nicely constructed collection traces these qualities throughout the Pumpkins' career. At the band's onset, Corgan was clearly gunning for the top spot on Rock's Most Alienated list, and songs like the white-knuckled angst anthem "Cherub Rock" quickly vaulted him to that apex. Over the course of the decade that followed, Corgan and company covered plenty of ground, airing out beatific melodies like "Today" alongside churning rockers like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" -- and even dipping into the well of pure pop for ditties like "1979" and their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." The first disc winds down with the previously unissued track "Untitled." The limited edition adds a generously appointed bonus disc housing 16 previously unreleased tracks, largely outtakes from later albums like Adore and Machina. While largely spare and subdued in comparison to the expansive, techno-friendly albums that they were initially intended for, songs like "Sparrow" and "Winterlong" emphasize the fragility at the core of Corgan's best material. Fans of the Pumpkins' more ear-damaging side will find plenty to crank up here as well, thanks to thumping rockers such as "Marquis in Spades" and "Saturnine."
Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Billy Corgan has always fueled his music with dichotomy: His dueling drives -- grandiosity and self-loathing -- are what propelled his songs and what connected his Smashing Pumpkins to their disenfranchised audience. This nicely constructed collection traces these qualities throughout the Pumpkins' career. At the band's onset, Corgan was clearly gunning for the top spot on Rock's Most Alienated list, and songs like the white-knuckled angst anthem "Cherub Rock" quickly vaulted him to that apex. Over the course of the decade that followed, Corgan and company covered plenty of ground, airing out beatific melodies like "Today" alongside churning rockers like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" -- and even dipping into the well of pure pop for ditties like "1979" and their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." This 18-song collection peruses all that territory, adding the edge-dwelling, previously unissued track "Untitled," making it an ideal summation of the stalwart alt-rockers' career.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many alt-rock bands, the Smashing Pumpkins sound better than expected when reduced to singles, possibly because their high points were singles, no matter how carefully created their albums were. They had more than enough great material for a good compilation, and Greatest Hits almost fits the bill, although it gives too much credence to the music made after the group's peak. Essentially, anything that most listeners will want to hear wraps up 11 tracks into the 18-track album, when the collection dives into material from Adore and Machina, although even these two albums aren't embarrassments. Still, it does have many of the cuts that fans will want on one disc, including the non-LP "Drown" and "Landslide."

Like many alt-rock bands, the Smashing Pumpkins sound better than expected when reduced to singles, possibly because their high points were singles, no matter how carefully created their albums were. They had more than enough great material for a good compilation, and Greatest Hits almost fits the bill, although it gives too much credence to the music made after the group's peak. Essentially, anything that most listeners will want to hear wraps up 11 tracks into the 18-track album, when the collection dives into material from Adore and Machina, although even these two albums aren't embarrassments. Still, it does have many of the cuts that fans will want on one disc, including the non-LP "Drown" and "Landslide."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381131626
  • Catalog Number: 11316
  • Sales rank: 7,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Siva (4:21)
  2. 2 Rhinoceros (5:53)
  3. 3 Drown (4:30)
  4. 4 Cherub Rock (4:59)
  5. 5 Today (3:22)
  6. 6 Disarm (3:18)
  7. 7 Landslide (3:10)
  8. 8 Bullet With Butterfly Wings (4:17)
  9. 9 1979 (4:23)
  10. 10 Zero (2:41)
  11. 11 Tonight, Tonight (4:15)
  12. 12 Eye (4:54)
  13. 13 Ava Adore (4:21)
  14. 14 Perfect (3:22)
  15. 15 The Everlasting Gaze (4:02)
  16. 16 Stand Inside Your Love (4:13)
  17. 17 Real Love (4:10)
  18. 18 Untitled (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smashing Pumpkins Primary Artist
Matt Cameron Drums
Rick Nielsen Guitar
Bon Harris Sounds
Matt Walker Drums
Melissa Auf der Maur Bass
Technical Credits
Jimmy Chamberlin Contributor
Billy Corgan Producer, Art Direction
D'Arcy Contributor
Flood Producer
James Iha Producer, Contributor
Lisa Johnson Cover Photo
Alan Moulder Producer
Bjorn Thorsrud Producer
Butch Vig Producer
Howard Willing Producer
Brad Wood Producer
Ted de Bono Producer
Greg Sylvester Art Direction
Roger Lian Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it, love it, love it

    This, admittedly, was the first Pumpkins CD I owned. I figured I'd start with the basics. Now the more I hear of these guys, the more I love them. This is a great starting point for any new fan, as well as an essential inclusion in the collection of any long-time Pumpkinhead. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just All-around good music

    Ah, the Pumpkins. This is really great. I mean, who doesn't sit back and listen to "1979" and not think of every summer they've had. Who's ever not felt like a rat in a cage, despite all their rage? Timeless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nearly Complete

    A greatest hits c.d. from the Smashing Pumpkins is obviously going to be great. This album spans the Pumpkins' whole career, and really shows the evolutions that they have made as a band. The only real problem I had with it was the absence of "The End is the Beginning is the End." I found the fact that that song was missing a little strange, considering they won a Grammy for it and it's never been on a Smashing Pumpkins album. (It was featured on the soundtrack for "Batman and Robin.) The extra, previously unreleased tracks didn't disappoint either. I especially enjoyed the latter, untitled track, which was driven by guitars and also represented the lighter side of the Pumpkins. "Real Love" was also a decent track, though a little overdone on distortion for my tastes. I'd definitely recommend this album for the casual and the avid Pumpkins fans alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rotten Apples

    If you're a Pumpkins fan (or just a fan of ninties alt rock) you have to have this cd. Well, I did at least.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THe SMashing Pumpkins greatest hits will give u a look at what they are about

    ITs a great cd u should check out the songs Cherub Rock, Bullet with butterfly wings, and Zero are great songs the pumpkins rule. AFTER THIS CD U HAVE TO LISTEN TO MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, ALL SONGS ARE GREAT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long Live the Pumpkins

    Real Love is the only song on this cd that I had not heard before I bought it. I would buy the cd for that one song alone. Its great...steal it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2013

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    I had initially heard of the Smashing Pumpkins during the 90¿s b

    I had initially heard of the Smashing Pumpkins during the 90’s because some of their songs were featured on the radio. I originally purchased this collection of “The Smashing Pumpkins-Greatest Hits-Rotten Apples” in December 2005 when I was still living on the Mayport Naval base (near Atlantic Beach Florida).  The following listing includes some of their classics that are featured on “The Smashing Pumpkins-Greatest Hits-Rotten Apples: “Today”, “Disarm”, “Landslide”, “1979”, “Tonight, Tonight”, and “Ava Adore.” This compilation is good for those who are open to listening to 90’s alternative rock collections.

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