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Aeroplane Flies High [5 LP] Box set
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Audio CD, Box set, Limited Edition, November 26, 1996
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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.
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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Nice to finally have the Double Door shows available, at least in part. But they used the wrong vocal take for 'Dreaming'. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dave
I loved this box set when it first came out on CD as much as the Mellon Collie Album. SP are my favorite band and their vinyl always seems to apprentice in value in the secondary... Read morePublished 5 months ago by adam david martin
A great compilation shame some of the duff songs from Melancholy were replaced by some on here. Transformer, title song, my blue heaven are all standouts herePublished 5 months ago by Medenine
A collection of some of Smashing Pumpkins most beautifully written songs. If you enjoyed Melon Collie, you'll love this!Published 7 months ago by C. Calle
Some of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs are B-sides from this compilation. Cherry, Set the Ray to Jerry and The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right) are by far on my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joanne in Jersey