Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the legendary 1995 Smashing Pumpkins double-album that spawned a myriad of hits like “Bullet With Butterfly Wings, “1979″ and “Tonight, Tonight” is being remastered and expanded into a sprawling box set containing a whopping 64 bonus tracks as well as unreleased concert footage from the era.
“We headed into a much darker, funkier and more visceral terrain,” Billy Corgan says in the box set’s liner notes regarding the band’s approach to the album at the time. “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. We went deep, and we went for something expansive sounding–not just expensive sounding.”
The set, which is scheduled for release on December 4, will be available in a multitude of physical and digital formats. The Deluxe box will come with the aforementioned additional songs spread out over five CDs, a DVD featuring a 1996 concert filmed at London’s Brixton Academy plus more footage from German music TV show Rockpalast. It will also boast two books of artwork, lyrics and personal notes. The box even comes with a Decoupage kit to create “your own scenes from the Mellon Collie universe.”
Billy Corgan and the latest incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins are currently embarking on a North American tour in support of the band’s latest album, Oceania, with upcoming dates in Los Angeles (October 14), Detroit (October 23) and Halloween night (October 31) at the freshly minted Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Radio