VJQC Score: 94%
Artist: SMASHING PUMPKINS
Album Name: MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS
Record Label: VIRGIN RECORDS US
Format: VINYL LP
Release Date: 12/4/2012
Back when it came out, my roommate used to play this cd CONSTANTLY. Ours was the hangout pad and both of us spent stupid amounts of our meager salaries on blowing up our cd collections. Decades later, I find myself buying all those albums from the 90's. In the case of this Mellon Collie box set, the packaging is most definitely what elevates the experience. The artwork and liner notes are fucking marvelous; an absolute pleasure to look and feel and read while the record spins.
The hinges on that 2 cd set broke and no one read the liner notes, too small. Not nearly as satisfying an experience but it just goes to show that the tactile part of listening to music remains imprinted in our memories. It mattered, even during the cd age. Vinyl is better.
Limited 4LP Box Set. Digitally re-mastered edition of the Alt-Rock quartet's 1995 career-defining double album. Originally released October 24, 1995, the album would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA. It yielded major hits like ''Bullet with Butterfly Wings'' the band's unlikely first Top 40 hit the exquisite ''1979'' and epic ''Tonight, Tonight'' as well as a thoroughly inspired series of videos. Produced by Billy Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, the album would also earn a Grammy Award (1996 Best Hard Rock Performance for ''Bullet with Butterfly Wings'') as well as seven nominations. Beyond the more obvious hits, though, Mellon Collie is a song cycle of unusual depth and considerable range. It is a collection of stunningly beautiful moments when everything lined up-a moment in time that's still here to be treasured.