Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD]

Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD]

by Smashing PumpkinsSmashing Pumpkins


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724381131626
catalogNumber: 11316
Rank: 700

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

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