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Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD]

Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD]

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by Smashing 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


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."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many alt-rock bands, the Smashing Pumpkins sound better than expected as a singles band -- probably because their high points were singles, no matter how carefully created their albums were. The Smashing Pumpkins fit this bill particularly well for two reasons. For one, they rose up through the ranks in indie rock circles, where limited-edition singles on Sub Pop meant as much as a full-lengths on Caroline. Then, after they made it through the indie jungle, they had to fight their way onto MTV airwaves with songs and videos that sold their intricate albums. This was a good, even prosperous, situation when the Pumpkins (OK, when their leader, Billy Corgan) could balance their knack for great singles with their desire to make sweeping neo-concept albums like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. They did for a few years, conquering the alt-rock pack after Nirvana imploded, but the group itself eventually turned in on itself -- either because of Corgan's own hubris or the group's complacency. 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." [For dedicated fans, the initial pressings of Greatest Hits contained Judas O, a collection of B-sides from the post-Pisces Iscariot era. Of course, this means that it contains a lot of songs that were on the limited-edition box The Aeroplane Flies High, but it does give extra value for the serious followers.]

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Virgin Records Us


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

Kerry Brown   Producer
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
Bon Harris   Sound Effects
Greg Sylvester   Art Direction

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Greatest Hits [Ltd. Ed Bonus CD] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
hellokittykat More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting the very best of all the pumpkins had to offer, and I got way more than i bargained for. The unreleased tracks on both cds are just amazing and the album as a whole flows perfectly. You NEED this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh man when I heard that Smashing Pumpkins were releasing a greatest hits album, I said COOOOOL. Never in my life had a band so reinvented the genre of alternative music. If you get this album you will not be dissapointed. They will surely be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without out a doudt they can take you to the edge of insanity or sing you to sleep with a lulabye NO other band can show such range of talent and emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already have all the Smashing Pumpkin's previous album's and I would recommend that anyone in the same position should buy this just for the second disc as the song's on it are some of their best material so far. Also anyone that hasn't heard any Smashing Pumpkin's should definetely buy this and believe me you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dude....pumpkins......unreleased stuff. It will be your only chance to get this material ever (unless you get mp3 stuff). and the first cd is an essential collection of smashing stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look ... if you are a real Pumpkins fan you have all these songs on other CDs you own. The problem with this ''Greatest Hits'' collection is that it ignores some of the fantastic music this band has made that doesn't qualify as a ''hit''. This is just more of the worthless music industry trying to force feed you what they think you want to hear. Take a chance and buy a few whole Pumpkins albums instead of this one. You'll hear why this band is amazing -- it's not becuase they can write hits. It's because they can put together a solid album of amazing songs that will move you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...Well, you simply MUST have it:) The Pumpkins are the GREATEST band ever. If you have never heard thier music, buy this collection IMEADEATLY!!! Or any of thier other albums for that matter:) I am proud to be the second person to comment on the release of this increadible music. Thank you Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A legacy came to an end last year and in 2001 is the sum of the life of the Greatest Rock band ever to grace CD players and radio(''play my favorite song''). Those not privy to the Pumpkins definitely need to check out this greatest hits package. Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy, and Jimmy Chamberlain are a superior ensemble ranging from hard, drilling rock to subtle, piano-based ballads.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a very good double CD, but the "rotten apples" one is missing some singles and some real good songs like "Muzzle", "Rocket", "33", "Mayonaise", "Try, Try, Try", and "I Am One". I guess they didn't put those in because maybe it wouldn't fit in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For releasing this CD of your greatest hits, If you don't know who the Smashing Pumpkins are, you should not be reading this. Smash on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this cd. it is one of my all-time favorites. I especially liked the second CD "rotten apples." Smashing Pumpkins will never die.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good to see SP release a ''greatest hits'' paried with another b-sides cd. Now all we need is for them to release the final show @ the Metro in Chicago on CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible. To think all these years I felt it was impossible, if not simply wrong, to create a Smashing Pumpkins ''best of'' album, I surprised myself. For all Pumpkin lovers and those just getting a first taste, this is a great one to own. It has all our radio favorites, amazing rarities, and the album sleeve is a treat in itself--excellent photography. Virtually guaranteed satisfaction!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course this compilation is going to be phenomonal, its the Smashing Pumpkins for crying out loud! I would tell anyone to buy this 2 disc set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best, worth to buy album since Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although many people got into the Pumpkins based soley on their pop music (i.e. Today), this album is for everyone who enjoys good music: it shows all sides of the Pumpkins, from mellow to hard alternative rock. The second album is espically awesome and worth listening to. In short: a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a choice album. An excellent end. I, among many others, enjoy that there are also Machina II (an internet album, not available in stores)songs on this album. Although this doesn't have the greatest songs they've done, just the songs that are popular it's still one heck of an album. I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is sure to be a great album... because it's THE SMASHING PUMPKINS!!!