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Editors’ Notes

This career retrospective follows the group up to its 2001 breakup, which led Billy Corgan to form the short-lived Zwan. In other words, this starts during the Gish period, moves through the peak of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and ends with Adore and the two volumes of Machina/The Machines of God. Though the Pumpkins were considered an alt-rock band, many of leader Billy Corgan’s moves were influenced by the grand concept rock of Queen, Rush, and Led Zeppelin. It’s Corgan’s insistence at achieving the strongest studio sound possible that distinguishes songs such as “Drown” (here in a truncated version from the Singles soundtrack), “Cherub Rock,” “Today,” “Disarm,” “Bullet with Butterfly Wings," and “1979” from the grungy crowd. Covering Fleetwood Mac's “Landslide” was a smart move, and the inclusion of “Eye” (from the Lost Highway soundtrack) and “Untitled” (said to be the band’s final studio recording with bassist Melissa Auf der Maur and guitarist James Iha) are welcome additions. It’s a history of the '90s from one major band’s point of view.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Band

This is an amazing contribution to the band, including all of their songs that are songs you have to listen to before you die. If you're new to the pumpkins, buy this IMMEDIATELY.

Smashing Pumpkins...Smashing Hits.

Greatest CD possibly ever made (from my point of view) has hits that smashed the charts like "1979", "Today", "Disarm", "Cherub Rock", "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", and many more. This CD is five star worthy.

Love this compilation.

An amazing small compilation of great hits.The only thing this is missing is if it would come with the Judas O extra cd.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of all the major alternative rock bands of the early '90s, Smashing Pumpkins were the group least influenced by traditional underground rock. Lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan fashioned an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, goth rock, psychedelia, and dream pop, creating a layered, powerful sound driven by swirling, distorted guitars. Corgan was wise enough to exploit his angst-ridden lyrics, yet he never shied away from rock star posturing, even if he did cloak it in allegedly ironic...
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