Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - The Smashing Pumpkins

Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released October 24, 1995 on Virgin Records. Produced by frontman Billy Corgan with Flood and Alan Moulder, the twenty-eight-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. The album features a wide array of styles, as well as greater musical input from bassist D'arcy Wretzky and second guitarist James Iha.

Led by the single "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", the record debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, the first and only such occurrence for the group. The album spawned five more singles—"1979", "Zero", "Tonight, Tonight", the promotional "Muzzle", and "Thirty-Three"—over the course of 1996, and has been certified nine times platinum by the RIAA. Praised by critics for its ambition and scope, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness earned the band seven Grammy Award nominations in 1997. It is also widely considered one of the best albums of the 1990s.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was intended as a two-record set. The CD and cassette versions of the album are divided into two discs, entitled Dawn to Dusk and Twilight to Starlight. The vinyl version, however, is divided into three records with six sides. The vinyl release also features two bonus songs ("Tonite Reprise" and "Infinite Sadness"), and a completely different track order.

All songs written by Billy Corgan, except where noted.

Disc one – Dawn to Dusk
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" 2:52
2. "Tonight, Tonight" 4:14
3. "Jellybelly" 3:01
4. "Zero" 2:41
5. "Here Is No Why" 3:45
6. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" 4:18
7. "To Forgive" 4:17
8. "Fuck You (An Ode to No One)" 4:51
9. "Love" 4:21
10. "Cupid de Locke" 2:50
11. "Galapogos" 4:47
12. "Muzzle" 3:44
13. "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" 9:21
14. "Take Me Down" Iha 2:52

Disc two – Twilight to Starlight
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Where Boys Fear to Tread" 4:22
2. "Bodies" 4:12
3. "Thirty-Three" 4:10
4. "In the Arms of Sleep" 4:12
5. "1979" 4:25
6. "Tales of a Scorched Earth" 3:46
7. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" 7:38
8. "Stumbleine" 2:54
9. "X.Y.U." 7:07
10. "We Only Come Out at Night" 4:05
11. "Beautiful" 4:18
12. "Lily (My One and Only)" 3:31
13. "By Starlight" 4:48
14. "Farewell and Goodnight" Iha 4:22

The Smashing Pumpkins

* Jimmy Chamberlin – drums, vocals on "Farewell and Goodnight"
* Billy Corgan – lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, production, mixing, string arrangement on "Tonight, Tonight", art direction and design
* James Iha – rhythm guitar; backing vocals, mixing, and additional production on "Take Me Down" and "Farewell and Goodnight"
* D'arcy Wretzky – bass guitar, vocals on "Beautiful" and "Farewell and Goodnight"

Additional musicians

* Chicago Symphony Orchestra – orchestra in "Tonight, Tonight"
* Greg Leisz – pedal and lap steel guitar on "Take Me Down"
* Carrie Shiner - keyboards, backing vocals[citation needed]

Technical staff

* Roger Carpenter – technical assistance
* John Craig – illustration
* Flood – production, mixer
* Andrea Giacobbe – photograph
* Barry Goldberg – additional vocal recording, mixing assistance
* Adam Green – technical assistance
* Dave Kresl – string recording assistance
* Tim "Gooch" Lougee – technical assistance
* Guitar Dave Mannet – technical assistance
* Jeff Moleski – technical assistance
* Alan Moulder – production, mixer
* Frank Olinsky – art direction and design
* Claudine Pontier – recording assistance
* Audrey Riley – string arrangement on "Tonight, Tonight"
* Chris Shepard – recording
* Russ Spice – technical assistance
* Howie Weinberg – mastering

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