Yeah. So. The 90s. Remember then? Me neither, kinda. But half-dead record label extraordinaire EMI and half-dead recording artist Billy “Bill S. Preston” Corgan probably do! Most likely because they were both making silly amounts of money by putting out ludicrous shit like the original Smashing Pumpkins box set The Aeroplane Flies High, which essentially took each of the five singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (that’s “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “Thirty-Three,” in case you spent the 90s in a block of frozen ice like Encino Man) and built five separate EPs no one even knew they wanted around them! Ah, decadence. How far away you seem today!
Here’s the thing, though. Turns out EMI and Billy are still really, really interested in making silly amounts of money when- and however possible. So, in keeping with all of the other albums that they have been reissuing over the last few years, they’ve decided to re-release this whole Aeroplane thing as an even bigger, badder, box-settier box set on June 23.
The newly expanded edition will be available in 6xCD/DVD, 5xLP, Deluxe Digital, and Standard Digital versions and will not only feature remastered versions of the original 33 tracks, but also a very 1990s-appropriate 90 bonus tracks (e.g., unreleased demos, alternative versions, live recordings, etc.; basically everything shy of the 1996 Phrenological analysis of Corgan’s bald-ass head is on this thing). In case you’re wondering what the sixth disc is for, it’s a live show straight outta the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, and the DVD is a 4th of July performance in France from 1997.
But don’t rush out and buy a thousand copies just yet, friends; there’s still the packaging to contend with. The set contains a 46-page book (I bet it’s in full-color too!), liner notes from music critic David Wild, and a nice, anal, track-by-track breakdown from Corgan’s own pen. Oh, and the whole shebang is wrapped up in some shiny, embossed foil that I’m told was only native to the 1990s and had to be time-traveled here by Bill and/or Ted.
For a complete breakdown of the tracklist, either go fuck yourself or go visit the band’s website (hey, you can order ‘em on there too!). And, ooh, by the way, the band has also apparently confirmed “plans for a new studio album” to be recorded soon. But come on, seriously; does anyone here care about that? Right.