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Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 9

2013.01.16

Article by Arthur van Pelt, Derek Miller, and Sophie Dartois CD sleeve (front) Adore Attention Événement! Smashing Pumpkins performed many concerts categorized under ‘special and remarkable shows’. One of these occasions was in the summer of 1998 when the band visited Europe to promote the release of their latest album, Adore. The tour began May 12th in the United Kingdom, and after 21 solid shows in less than a month, ended on June 9th in Greece. In the last week of the European leg of the world tour, Smashing Pumpkins arrived in sunny Paris, France for the Bercy gig after

For Those Who Didn’t Buy (yet) Gish Deluxe

2013.01.12

Review by Jeff Becker from The Way That He Sings “Faster than the speed of sound. Faster than we thought we’d go.  Beneath the sound of hope.“ Billy Corgan From today onwards, SPfreaks will team up with Jeff Becker. Jeff is a very talented writer who works for The Way That He Sings, a non-profit website fully dedicated to the support of independent rock and pop. We will cooperate on a multi-level scale with Jeff; not only Smashing Pumpkins related articles from his hands will be partly or fully shared, also exclusive material about our favorite band might find its way to SPfreaks

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 8

2013.01.09

Article by Arthur van Pelt Welcome back, dear Smashing Pumpkins fans and collectors, to the ‘extreme collecting’ series!  Let’s continue our journey in 2013 with even more rarities and highly sought after memorabilia from our favorite band.  This episode will take us back to the first full album Smashing Pumpkins released.  Indeed, the commercial release of the album itself is not rare…  But wait until you have seen all the rare artwork from all the CD pressings come together… With an extremely rare pressing to top it off! Gish, the worldwide releases from the 1990s Now, who thought all those different

The Aeroplane Flies High (Zero Left, Looks Right)

2013.01.07

Article by Derek Miller In 1996, after the highly awarded and critically acclaimed release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins released a companion box set titled The Aeroplane Flies High.  The box set contains each of the five singles released from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness to include all the b-sides that accompany them.  One disc in particular contains exclusive cover songs made available only within the box set. The purpose of this article is to give some clarity to the numerous pressings, release dates, promo versions, and even bootleg versions associated with the release.

SPfreaks 2012

2012.12.31

Article by The SPfreaks Team Again, what a remarkable year for Smashing Pumpkins fans!  We saw the release of a long awaited follow up to Zeitgeist.  The album, Oceania, is the first album to incorporate recordings from the post 2009 line-up after Jimmy Chamberlin left the band in March 2009.  It was well received by the public and has convinced the band to continue to push forward with plans to release another album already in motion.  Exciting news! We also saw two of our favorite releases re-mastered and reissued; Pisces Iscariot and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  Both releases

Winning Entry for ‘Your World of Mellon Collie’ Contest

2012.12.21

Announcement by The SPfreaks Team We’re pleased to share the winning entry of our contest, with the submitted article and decoupage set below. Our winner is now being sent a copy of the Mellon Collie CD Deluxe Box Set and an SPfreaks t-shirt! The World of Mellon Collie By: wK Do you know these guys that “know music”? They’re familiar with every possible band you’ve never heard about, discographies by year, lineup changes, backstories and trivia? They also know their way around the different genres, styles, eras and influences? Well, I’m sort of that kinda guy. * * * The first

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 7

2012.12.19

Article by Arthur van Pelt Additional research by Geo Folkers Last week we ended in Mexico.  We will head back there now to look at an Adore-era live promo CD.  Afterwards, we will journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom to take a look at a rare set of remixes of the Adore singles, “Ava Adore” and “Perfect”. En Concierto en Mexico (limited Mexican-radio promo CD) This is another Mexican promotional release, which is said to have been released in a very low quantity – only 10 examples (according to one source; read his story below), or 30

Revisiting the Live Compilations No 3

2012.12.17

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt Hosting by Alberto “I don’t have to play by these rules or do these things… I can actually have my own kind of version.” (1) Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In these months we present a run-down of them. #3 was originally posted on 2009.11.28. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads. The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a