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Aeroplane Flies High

The Smashing Pumpkins

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The Aeroplane Flies High contains all five singles -- "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight," "Thirty-Three" -- from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in a box set shaped like a 45 single carrying case from the '60s. Though the set contains all of the B-sides from the five singles, the running order isn't quite the same as the original releases; for example, in its original release, "Butterfly Wings" only had two B-sides, but it is augmented for covers of new wave artists like the Cars, Blondie, and Missing Persons. In total, the box set has more songs than Mellon Collie, and, by and large, the quality of the music is quite strong. Occasionally, Billy Corgan's prolificacy gets the better of him; there are a number of songs where his reach exceeds his grasp, and he doesn't quite come up with an engaging melody to match his detailed production. At other times, his musical experimentations catch hold, such as when he delves into jazz or orchestrated pop. Still, all of these pleasures are ones that are only of interest to dedicated Smashing Pumpkins fans who already know Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness inside and out. A casual fan will have a hard time sorting out the wheat from the chafe on The Aeroplane Flies High, but that work will be a pleasure for the diehards.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Bullet With Butterfly Wings (2012 Remaster)
00:04:17

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer

℗ 2012 Virgin Records America Inc.

2
...Said Sadly
00:03:12

Keith Brown, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Kerry Brown, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nina Gordon, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lane, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Iha, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Claudine Pontier, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
You're All I've Got Tonight
00:03:09

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ric Ocasek, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Neil Perry, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J. Nicholas, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Lipnick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Clones (We're All)
00:02:43

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Carron, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Neil Perry, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J. Nicholas, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Lipnick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
A Night Like This
00:03:36

The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Kerry Brown, Producer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lane, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Iha, Producer

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
Destination Unknown
00:04:15

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Bozzio, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Warren Cuccurullo, ComposerLyricist - Neil Perry, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J. Nicholas, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dale Bozzio, ComposerLyricist - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Lipnick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Dreaming
00:05:12

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Neil Perry, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J. Nicholas, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Stein, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Moleski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Lipnick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

DISC 2

1
1979 (2012 Remaster)
00:04:26

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer

℗ 2012 Virgin Records America Inc.

2
Ugly
00:02:49

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Claudine Pontier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
The Boy
00:03:03

The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Kerry Brown, Producer - James Iha, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Claudine Pontier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Cherry
00:04:01

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Claudine Pontier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
Believe
00:03:13

The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Kerry Brown, Producer - Eric Remschneider, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Claudine Pontier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
Set The Ray To Jerry
00:04:09

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Claudine Pontier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Zero Explicit
00:02:40

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Barry Goldberg, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Lian, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Claudine Pontier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Ferris, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1995 Virgin Records

2
God Explicit
00:03:09

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America Inc.

3
Mouths Of Babes
00:03:46

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - The Mole, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America Inc.

4
Tribute To Johnny
00:02:33

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - James Iha, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
Marquis In Spades Explicit
00:03:16

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - The Mole, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records

6
Pennies
00:02:27

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - The Mole, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Pastichio Medley
00:22:56

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ric Ocasek, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Composer - The Mole, Producer - D'Arcy Wretzky, Composer - James Iha, Composer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

DISC 4

1
Tonight, Tonight
00:04:15

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Barry Goldberg, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Lian, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Audrey Riley, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Claudine Pontier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Ferris, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1995 Virgin Records

2
Meladori Magpie (2012 Remaster)
00:02:41

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist

℗ 2012 Virgin Records America Inc.

3
Rotten Apples
00:03:01

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Jupiter's Lament
00:02:28

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
Medellia Of The Gray Skies
00:03:10

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
Blank
00:02:54

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Tonite Reprise
00:02:41

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Producer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ellis, Producer

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

DISC 5

1
Thirty-Three
00:04:11

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Barry Goldberg, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Claudine Pontier, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 Virgin Records

2
The Last Song
00:03:55

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Martin White, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right) (2012 Remaster)
00:08:31

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America Inc.

4
Transformer
00:03:25

Billy Corgan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Martin White, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Langis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
The Bells
00:02:16

Adam Schlesinger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Kerry Brown, Producer - Eric Remschneider, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lane, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Iha, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russ Spice, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
My Blue Heaven
00:03:23

Billy Corgan, Producer - Walter Donaldson, Composer - Chris Martin, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - George Whiting, Author - Eric Remschneider, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Moleski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Virgin Records America, Inc.

Album Description

The Aeroplane Flies High contains all five singles -- "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight," "Thirty-Three" -- from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in a box set shaped like a 45 single carrying case from the '60s. Though the set contains all of the B-sides from the five singles, the running order isn't quite the same as the original releases; for example, in its original release, "Butterfly Wings" only had two B-sides, but it is augmented for covers of new wave artists like the Cars, Blondie, and Missing Persons. In total, the box set has more songs than Mellon Collie, and, by and large, the quality of the music is quite strong. Occasionally, Billy Corgan's prolificacy gets the better of him; there are a number of songs where his reach exceeds his grasp, and he doesn't quite come up with an engaging melody to match his detailed production. At other times, his musical experimentations catch hold, such as when he delves into jazz or orchestrated pop. Still, all of these pleasures are ones that are only of interest to dedicated Smashing Pumpkins fans who already know Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness inside and out. A casual fan will have a hard time sorting out the wheat from the chafe on The Aeroplane Flies High, but that work will be a pleasure for the diehards.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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