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As part of the continuing series of re-issues of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' acclaimed catalog via Virgin/UME, the iconic alternative band presents a fully remastered box set of their platinum-selling 1996 release THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH. The original THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH was a five-disc box set that featured expanded versions of singles from their acclaimed 1995 double album MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS including 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings,' '1979,' 'Zero' 'Tonight' and 'Thirty-Three.'

This new box set of THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH contains the original 33 track version across five, 180 gram LPs, and is re-mastered by Bob Ludwig. It also features unique packaging with embossed foil wrap and twinkle stock for jackets.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings (LP 1-Side 1)
  2. ...Said Sadly (LP 1-Side 1)
  3. You're All I've Got Tonight (LP 1-Side 1)
  4. Clones (We're All)(LP 1-Side 1)
  5. A Night Like This (LP 1-Side 2)
  6. Destination Unknown (LP 1-Side 2)
  7. Dreaming (LP 1-Side 2)

Disc: 2

  1. 1979 (LP 2-Side 1)
  2. Ugly (LP 2-Side 1)
  3. The Boy (LP 2-Side 1)
  4. Cherry (LP 2-Side 2)
  5. Believe (LP 2-Side 2)
  6. Set The Ray To Jerry (LP 2-Side 2)

Disc: 3

  1. Zero (LP 3-Side 1)
  2. God (LP 3-Side 1)
  3. Mouths Of Babes (LP 3-Side 1)
  4. Tribute To Johnny (LP 3-Side 1)
  5. Marquis In Spades (LP 3-Side 1)
  6. Pennies (LP 3-Side 1)
  7. Pastichio Medley (Early Fade Version) (LP 3-Side 2)

Disc: 4

  1. Tonight, Tonight (LP 4-Side 1)
  2. Meladori Magpie (LP 4-Side 1)
  3. Rotten Apples (LP 4-Side 1)
  4. Jupiter's Lament (LP 4-Side 2)
  5. Medellia Of The Gray Skies (LP 4-Side 2)
  6. Blank (LP 4-Side 2)
  7. Tonite Reprise (LP 4-Side 2)

Disc: 5

  1. Thirty-Three (LP 4-Side 1)
  2. The Last Song (LP 4-Side 1)
  3. The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)(LP 4-Side 1)
  4. Transformer (LP 4-Side 2)
  5. The Bells (LP 4-Side 2)
  6. My Blue Heaven (LP 4-Side 2)


Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 23, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00D5YNQ5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Smashing Pumpkins have always been known for their amazing catalogue of non-album songs. Some of their best tracks are hidden amongst various singles and compilations. Still, only the most devoted of fans run out to buy every European import and obscure tribute album, and SP realizes this. Released during what was undoubtably the peak of their success, "TAFH" was the band's second "odds and sods" compilation (check out "Pisces Iscariot" for some wonderful "Gish"- and "Siamese Dream"-era b-sides and outtakes). It compiles the five "Mellon Collie" singles, containing a total of 28 b-sides (mirroring the 28 tracks on "MCIS") and five exclusive new-wave covers.
As to be expected with any b-sides collection, there are ups and downs throughout the box set. The hidden treasures are there, though--I've always believed that the "1979" single is ohe band's best releases, proving that SP has power-pop down to an art. The single also contains one of the greatest Pumpkins songs around, "Set the Ray to Jerry," a track that was at one time slated to appear on "Siamese Dream."
So...excessive? You bet. That's always been the name of the Pumpkins' game, and they pull it off masterfully. "TAFH" is a must-have for any music fan, and sits beside "Mellon Collie" as one of the great rock releases of the latter 1990s.
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Unlike Nirvana and Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins never had all the angst about success that the aforementioned bands had. Sure, they had angst. It was the mid 1990s and it was grunge. Most bands had angst. But Billy was smart enough to market it. For Billy, he wanted to be a rock star, and that's what he got to be.

And not only that, he was the most prolific songwriter of the whole grunge movement. I have assembled my own Pumpkins' B-Side/Rarities CD-R collection, which is a full five 80 minute cds, comprised entirely of material that was released officially but never released on their six studio albums. This box set is a testament to his prolific writing. What's also a testament to Corgan is just how GOOD all these B-sides are. He's kinda like Dylan in that Corgan's outtakes, at least in this period, is just phenomenal.

For their third album, MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, the band turned in one of the most ambitious (and some say indulgent) albums rock ever saw. It was a double album with a two hour running time (long even for a double album), and Corgan and Company did everything from folk, dreamy pop, jazz, heavy medal, hard rock, and new wave. Listening to Corgan was somewhat akin to listening to an amalgamation of David Bowie, Husker Du, and a good number of 1970s rock bands. For my money, MELLON COLLIE is a flat-out masterpiece, easily the best album the band ever did, and on par with Soundgarden's BADMOTERFINGER, Alice in Chains' DIRT, Pearl Jam's TEN, Mudhoney's, and even the critical darling Nirvana's NEVERMIND. In my view, MELLON COLLIE really is my generation's version of Pink Floyd's THE WALL. It's that good.

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Buy this if you liked every single song on Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and you're very into the soft smashing pumpkins songs. Don't buy it if you just want something that rocks. The Zero single is the only one of the five that really rocks. Not that that's a bad thing. There are a lot of amazing songs on here, but unless you're a really big fan, don't buy this. If you liked James Iha's "Take Me Down" then you'll like this set, there are 5 more James Iha songs on here, and they're just as good, especially "The Boy" and "Said Sadly". There are also some cool covers. "My Blue Heaven" ends the collection in a very strange, surreal way. Don't expect this to be as good as the album. After all, these are all the songs that the Smashing Pumpkins didn't want to put on Melon Collie because they liked the other ones better. If you're a big fan of their soft stuff, you'll love this. My favorites are "Marques in Spades", "Meladori Magpie", "The Last Song", "The Boy" and "Pennies". Most of the songs on here are love songs that show you how shallow and phony most love songs you hear now really are.
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If you loved Mellon Collie, then you must listen to its necessary companion. It includes 33 tracks (5 of them are the Mellon Collie A-sides), out of which you can find all the B-sides. There are 6 covers, 2 James Iha compositions, 1 Corgan/Iha instrumental, and one huge, mostly instrumental, 23-minute collage of bits and snippets of outtakes and rehearsals of 1993-1995 sessions. The rest is pure Corgan. It all makes an almost 2-hour set.
Seems excessive? Maybe so. But it shows a breathtaking span of styles, moods and qualities. There's screaming heavymetal ("God"), distorted guitars a la 70s ("Tribute to Johnny"), naive charming pop ("The Boy"), simple but intense ballads ("Cherry"), country-ish attempts ("Meladori Magpie"), anthem-like serious songs ("The Last Song", a ballad, or "The Aeroplane Flies High, Turns Left, Looks Right", a rocker), acoustic straightforward confessions ("Blank"), devastatingly tender chants ("Medellia of the Great Skies", "Rotten Apples"), and even a 1920s song, "My Blue Heaven", with only voice, piano and cello. In "...Said Sadly" James Iha sings with the then-Veruca Salt vocalist Nina Gordon.
I think more or less one half of the songs could have made it into yet another album; the other half is for the curious or the die-hard fans. But the best part is really worth it. Some of the songs could have been great singles, such as "Transformer". It's a pity many of those tracks aren't listened to in the radio.
The covers show some influences on the group: The Cure, Blondie, Alice Cooper, The Cars, Missing Persons and George Whiting & Walter Donaldson (the 1920s guys).
There's an assorted mixture of approaches, but it is truly amazing those 28 tracks were recorded at the same time as those 28 found in Mellon Collie.
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