The Smashing Pumpkins have announced plans to roll out a campaign of remastered reissues of their back catalog over the course of the next three years. The first wave of the Pumpkins’ ambitious reissue plan will begin in the fall, when the band’s first two albums, Gish and Siamese Dream, arrive in stores along with their 1994 compilation set, Pisces Iscariot. Each album will come packaged with bonus material, though nothing specific has been announced. (Frontman Billy Corgan did mention on Twitter recently that he had unearthed tapes of their first live performance of “Starla” and a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” recorded in the studio during the making of Siamese Dream, which should give fans some idea of what to expect in terms of unreleased tracks.)
The second wave of releases, which is scheduled for 2012, will include the Pumpkins’ 1995 double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the five-disc rarities set The Aeroplane Flies High, and the 1998 goth-electronica record Adore. In 2013, the band will merge Machina/The Machines of God and Machina II: The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music into one package. This will be the first time Machina II will be released commercially in its entirety – the four-disc set was originally made available for free online. A new hits disc is also planned for sometime in 2013.
The Smashing Pumpkins have also announced plans to release Oceania, “an album within an album,” as part of the band’s ongoing 44-song epic Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. The 10-song set, which will not include any of the songs already released as part of the project, is currently scheduled to come out in September. A new song, “Owata,” will be released for free online next week before the band hits the studio to record the Oceania material.