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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' career-defining 1995 double album MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS has earned Diamond certification for sales of 10,000,000 discs and digital equivalent per disc. This news comes in the midst of EMI Music's extensive reissue campaign honoring the legacy of the iconic alternative band. It continues December 3 with the PUMPKINS' fourth album MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS receiving the fully remastered treatment for the first time. This follows last year's acclaimed reissues of the band's groundbreaking first two albums, Gish (1991) and Siamese Dream (1993), as well as this past summer's Pisces Iscariot (1994). (PRNewsFoto/EMI Music)

This 1995 double album was a sprawling marriage of alt-kvetching and prog-stargazing – a laser show in a shrink's office. Its audacious scope and emotional wallop allowed seemingly disparate tracks like the delicate miniature "Thirty-Three" and the thrashing "X.Y.U." to seem like natural parts of a whole. The extras on the deluxe box set, particularly the deep-dive instrumentals that flaunt Billy Corgan's guitar prowess ("Fun Time") and cutting-room-floor denizens that reveal pop punch (the sweet, wistful "Pennies"), show how Corgan's mid-Nineties creative peak couldn't even be contained by two CDs.

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