Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (album) by The Smashing Pumpkins
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Has some of SP's greatest hits and a bit of filler. Its length can be a deterrent to some (including me, if I am honest). Overall, a good album. Worth the time and effort to listen to in its entirety.
The White album of the 90s.
@Brad1770 leaving off Porcelina, Galapogos, Forgive, & Here Is No Why are BIG mistakes in my opinion... especially leaving Where Boys Fear To Tread, Tales of Scorched Earth (unless instrumental), & Love while adding four B-sides, none of which are Set The Ray To Jerry, in their places... bold move Cotton... I'll give your playlist a listen and see if it pays off
I finally listened to the album in one sitting, in its entirety. For 23 years I’d only listened to the hits and bits of other songs.
I was floored by this album. It is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. For instance, the final 5 songs (including “We Only Come Out At Night” which is my favorite song on the album) make much more sense in the context of the album, whereas they aren’t that strong listened to individually. The whimsical nature of these closing tracks remind me a great bit of the closing medley of Abbey Road.
Speaking of the Beatles, I get strong White Album vibes from this. I know Billy Corgan called it “The Wall for Generation X” but it has much more in common with the self-titled Beatles album in my opinion.
Intense, varied, and sprawling, Mellon Collie does what so few double albums do: encourage you to immediately dive back in for more.
There is this one line on "Thirty-Three" that really affects me - "Deep in thought I forgive everyone", in my silly mind, I like to think that is true.
Overall this albums suffers a lot for being double, I really do not like when bands try to do this, the only album that this double thing worked for me was "London Calling". It's a shame, because this album, even If It wouln'd be better than Siamese Dream anyway, It could be a contender for It.
This is the segment that I talk about 1979. Believe me, this track alone could make this album a 100/100 for me. I know it's their biggest hit and all, but It is just that, maybe It is my favorite song of all time, i don't know, It has been Stairway To Heaven (yes, don't throw rocks at me) but this just drive in a mood that no other song does. There is this vídeo by the YouTube Channel "Trash Theory" that explains why this track is so good.
It all can be resumed in one thing: Fantasy and nostalgia (one thing?) Most of It can be related to it's video clip, that for me, for sure, it's the best clip i've ever seen, It brings a vibe that invites you to this feeling of invincibility, of "I'm young, I can do whatever I want", It brings the Idea that that time in our lives that we were fourteen, twelve, thirteen, etc, were magical, almost fantastic, and It makes
we believe in It. It's kind of lying to you, but It is a good lie.
The lines, the music, the Minor fall the major lift (?) It alls breaks in, It can be called the best song for a teenager to hear, or maybe someone that misses being one.
I used to hear this album to death when I was 16-17. I recently re-listened to this as an older adult after years of not hearing it and it reminded me of the problems and emotions a teenager goes through. It isn't a cohesive album and the lyrics are sub par to how an adult should reflect back on his youth. The music is for teenagers... nothing more or less.
A very special album for me. With its super interesting and creative sound, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness captured me on my very first listen. Boasting 28 songs, Mellon Collie expands on what Siamese Dream did in an amazing grandiose fashion.
Favorite tracks: Tonight, Tonight, Zero, Here is No Why, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, To Forgive, Cupid De Loche, Muzzle, Thirty Three, Thru The Eyes of Ruby
What a great and interesting album. First listen in Sept 18 and I found it a bit chaotic and schizophrenic. But pretty quickly I have grown to like and then love this album although still struggle with the metal sounding tracks such as Tales Of A Scorched Earth.
My fav track over this double album is "To Forgive".
So many great tracks here with 28 tracks to choose from and they left half the tracks off the album! First or Second disc? Not certain but at the moment the second disc is shading it.
A wonderfully ambitious foray into the whimsical nature of music, tapping into the angst of youth and the in-between places where dreams emanate from.
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: I think the highlight for me is the journey you take within the album itself. The double album concept works here in that you seem to be meeting nebulous characters along a mythical rites of passage, each one very different to the last yet all carrying their own dark issues to contend with. It might be a bit bloated for some but I find this to be one of the more enjoyable bloats out there.
UPDATE TO INCLUDE MELLON COLLIE B SIDES
Since my previous post I've been digging deep into the B-Sides and unused tracks not used for the actual album via their 2005 'Rarities & B-Sides' release and their 1996 singles box set 'The Aeroplane Flies High' . There is some really solid tracks amongst this lot so please find below my Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness alternative play list number 2:
Track 1:"Infinite Sadness (instrumental)" (appears only on B-Sides release and would have been a beautiful way to open the album)
Track 2: "Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"
Track 3: "Tonite Tonite"
Track 4: "Jellybelly"
Track 5: "Zero"
Track 6: "Bullett With Butterfly Wings"
Track 7: "1979"
Track 8: "Ugly" (B side to 1979 which was apparently an album inclusion right up until the last minute & was originally an acoustic track)
Track 9: "Love"
Track 10: "Where Boys Fear to Tread"
Track 11: "An Ode to No One"
Track 12: "Muzzle"
Track 13: "Bodies"
Track 14: :"Transformer" ( B-Side to Thirty-Three)
Track 15: "Tales of a Scorched Earth"
Track 16: "Stumbleine"
Track 17: " God"(B-Side to Zero)
Track 18: "X.Y.U"
Track 19: "Thirty-Three"
Track 20: "The Aeroplane Flies High turns left looks right" (the most excellent B-Side to Thirty-Three that could have and absolutely should have been included on the album proper , it goes for nearly 9 minutes but could easily have been trimmed back and still retained its essence )
Track 21: "Through the Eyes of Ruby"
Track 22: "Farewell & Goodnight"
Track 23: "The Last Song" ( B-Side to Thirty-Three ,would have been a beautiful / perfect way to close the album"
NOTE 1: The track "Set the Ray to Jerry" a B-Side to 1979 is rather good also but I just couldn't find a spot for it within the context of the above list
NOTE 2: Having listened to the original album , my original alternative track listing and THIS listing several times I definitely prefer this this one
Original Album Was 75/100
THIS 'Album' Is 85/100
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