The Aeroplane Flies High

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The Aeroplane Flies High
The Aeroplane Flies High.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 26, 1996
GenreAlternative rock
Length138:53
LabelVirgin
ProducerBilly Corgan, James Iha, Flood, Alan Moulder, D'arcy Wretzky, Kerry Brown
The Smashing Pumpkins chronology
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
(1995)
The Aeroplane Flies High
(1996)
Adore
(1998)
Alternate cover
2013 reissue cover
2013 reissue cover

The Aeroplane Flies High is a five-disc box set released by The Smashing Pumpkins in 1996. It contains expanded versions of the five singles from their album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and also included a 44-page booklet with pictures and writings by the band's lead singer Billy Corgan, as well as lyrics. A limited edition release, the box reached number 42 on the Billboard charts, and sold 300,000 units (1.5 million discs in all), generating a platinum disc for the band. Originally intended to be limited to 200,000 copies, Virgin Records produced more after the original run sold out due to overwhelming and unexpected demand.[1] The album was remastered in 2013 under the supervision of frontman Billy Corgan and reissued on vinyl and as a CD/DVD box set.[2]

Reception

According to Tom Moon, writing for Rolling Stone, "Aeroplane is the Pumpkins’ Anthology 1, a cutting-room-floor companion piece to Mellon Collie that provides insight into Corgan’s extraordinary creative outbursts. He has said that Mellon Collie was a transforming experience for the band, and Aeroplane shows how much the Pumpkins are still willing to take chances. And here’s the scary part: There is no filler here. These supposedly second-string tracks are keepers. Aeroplane has its indulgent moments; the very exercise of anthologizing this material is megalomaniacal. But the ballads are as gorgeous as anything Corgan has ever written. The box also has small, ruminative pieces that are jarringly thoughtful and blasts of guitar riffage straight outta the corporate-rock ’70s."[3]

Deluxe release

In 2013, the Smashing Pumpkins issued a 6-disc deluxe version of The Aeroplane Flies High, which Spotify classified under the band's "compilations" section.[4] According to Ian Cohen, writing for Pitchfork, "[t]he Aeroplane Flies High is not a beloved obscurity, nor is it a canonical album celebrating a milestone anniversary. It’s not even an album: it’s a widely available, 16-year old collection of B-sides from a double album. Granted, the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was more judiciously edited than the title would lead you to believe. It was a 28-song double album all the same, and now Aeroplane nearly quadruples in size with 90 additional tracks on top of its original 33, with a bonus DVD to boot."[5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan, except where noted.

"Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bullet with Butterfly Wings"Billy Corgan4:16
2."...Said Sadly"James Iha3:09
3."You're All I've Got Tonight"Ric Ocasek3:10
4."Clones (We're All)"David Carron2:43
5."A Night Like This"Robert Smith3:36
6."Destination Unknown"Dale Bozzio, Terry Bozzio, Warren Cuccurullo4:14
7."Dreaming"Debbie Harry, Chris Stein5:11
"1979"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1979"Billy Corgan4:28
2."Ugly"Billy Corgan2:52
3."The Boy"James Iha3:04
4."Cherry"Billy Corgan4:02
5."Believe"James Iha3:15
6."Set the Ray to Jerry"Billy Corgan4:10
"Zero"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Zero"Billy Corgan2:39
2."God"Billy Corgan3:09
3."Mouths of Babes"Billy Corgan3:46
4."Tribute to Johnny"Billy Corgan, James Iha2:34
5."Marquis in Spades" 3:17
6."Pennies"Billy Corgan2:28
7."Pastichio Medley" (mislabelled at 25:59 on disc)Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin23:00
"Tonight, Tonight"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tonight, Tonight"Billy Corgan4:15
2."Meladori Magpie"Billy Corgan2:41
3."Rotten Apples"Billy Corgan3:02
4."Jupiter's Lament"Billy Corgan2:30
5."Medellia of the Gray Skies"Billy Corgan3:11
6."Blank"Billy Corgan2:54
7."Tonite Reprise"Billy Corgan2:40

"Tonite Reprise" is a solo acoustic version of "Tonight, Tonight" with slight alterations to the lyrics. It also appeared on the vinyl version of Mellon Collie.

"Thirty-Three"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thirty-Three"Billy Corgan4:10
2."The Last Song"Billy Corgan3:55
3."The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)"Billy Corgan8:31
4."Transformer"Billy Corgan3:25
5."The Bells"James Iha2:17
6."My Blue Heaven"Walter Donaldson, George A. Whiting3:20

2013 CD/DVD reissue

As part of EMI Music's extensive reissue campaign, a special edition of the album was released on 26 July 2013. The 6-CD set consists of the five original EPs, each now with added bonus tracks, as well as an additional CD of live material. In total the discs feature 90 tracks. The package also includes a DVD consisting of a live show in Belfort, France from 4 July 1997. The set was also released on vinyl as a 5-LP box set.

2013 Reissue CD 1: Bullet with Butterfly Wings
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bullet with Butterfly Wings"Billy Corgan4:16
2."...Said Sadly"James Iha3:09
3."You're All I've Got Tonight"Ric Ocasek3:10
4."Clones (We're All)"David Carron2:43
5."A Night Like This"Robert Smith3:36
6."Destination Unknown"Dale Bozzio, Terry Bozzio, Warren Cuccurullo4:14
7."Dreaming"Debbie Harry, Chris Stein5:11
8."Movers and Shakirs" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan2:41
9."Germans in Leather Pants" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan2:58
10."Millieu" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan1:37
11."Jackboot" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan5:08
12."A/Ab/E/B/F#" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan2:47
13."Rings" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan4:00
14."Ugly" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan3:06
15."Blaster Caster" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan1:07
16."Little Ditty" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan0:45
17."Verily I Say" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan0:51
18."New Waver" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan2:56
19."The Groover" (Gravity Studios demo)James Iha5:17
20."Ravi Revi Roo" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan3:23
21."On The Loose" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan1:27
22."Slurry" (Gravity Studios demo)Billy Corgan4:40
2013 Reissue CD 2: 1979
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1979"Billy Corgan4:28
2."Ugly"Billy Corgan2:52
3."The Boy"James Iha3:04
4."Cherry"Billy Corgan4:02
5."Believe"James Iha3:15
6."Set the Ray to Jerry"Billy Corgan4:10
7."Tonight, Tonight" (Acoustic version/instrumental rough)Billy Corgan4:15
8."Jupiter’s Lament" (Billy solo)Billy Corgan2:50
9."Zero" (8-track demo)Billy Corgan3:18
10."Marquis in Spades" (8-track demo)Billy Corgan2:55
11."Have Love Will Travel" (8-track demo)Billy Corgan4:20
12."Infinite Sadness" (Siamese Dream outtake)Billy Corgan3:48
13."1979" (Acoustic)Billy Corgan4:15
14."The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (Acoustic snippet)Billy Corgan1:03
15."Take Me Down" (Instrumental)James Iha2:50
16."Star Song" (DAT mix/Vocal rough)James Iha5:42
2013 Reissue CD 3: Zero
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Zero"Billy Corgan2:39
2."God"Billy Corgan3:09
3."Mouths of Babes"Billy Corgan3:46
4."Tribute to Johnny"Billy Corgan, James Iha2:34
5."Marquis in Spades"Billy Corgan3:17
6."Pennies"Billy Corgan2:28
7."Pastichio Medley"Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin23:00
8."By Starlight" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan4:04
9."Set The Ray to Jerry" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan4:17
10."Mouths of Babes" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:25
11."Cupid de Locke" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan2:59
12."Galapogos" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan4:36
13."To Forgive" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan4:00
14."Lily (My One and Only)" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:21
15."Here Is No Why" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:49
2013 Reissue CD 4: Tonight, Tonight
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tonight, Tonight"Billy Corgan4:15
2."Meladori Magpie"Billy Corgan2:41
3."Rotten Apples"Billy Corgan3:02
4."Jupiter's Lament"Billy Corgan2:30
5."Medellia of the Gray Skies"Billy Corgan3:11
6."Blank"Billy Corgan2:54
7."Tonite Reprise"Billy Corgan2:40
8."Stumbleine" (Live; 21 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:07
9."Ugly" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan2:47
10."Meladori Magpie" (Live; 28 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan2:53
11."God" (Live; 21 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:10
12."Love" (Live; 28 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:53
13."Pissant" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan3:32
14."Hello Kitty Kat" (Live; 27 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan5:02
15."Special Winner’s Song" (ad lib; Live, 28 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Chamberlin4:28
16."I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Live; 28 February 1995, Chicago, IL, USA)Willie Dixon4:33
2013 Reissue CD 5: Thirty-Three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thirty-Three"Billy Corgan4:10
2."The Last Song"Billy Corgan3:55
3."The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)"Billy Corgan8:31
4."Transformer"Billy Corgan3:25
5."The Bells"James Iha2:17
6."My Blue Heaven"Walter Donaldson, George A. Whiting3:20
7."Silverfuck" (Live; 10 July 1996, Landover, MD, USA)Billy Corgan34:48
2013 Reissue CD 6: Live Inside the Dark Globe
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Where Boys Fear To Tread" (Live; 3 July 1996, Cleveland, OH, USA)Billy Corgan4:41
2."Zero" (Live; 7 February 1996, San Francisco, CA, USA)Billy Corgan2:42
3."Fuck You (An Ode to No One)" (Live; 10 April 1996, Stockholm, Sweden)Billy Corgan4:23
4."X.Y.U." (Live; 3 February 1996, Los Angeles, CA, USA)Billy Corgan7:38
5."To Forgive" (Live; 6 January 1996, Washington DC, USA)Billy Corgan4:06
6."Thirty-Three" (Live; 11 January 1996, New York City, NY, USA)Billy Corgan4:04
7."Tonight, Tonight" (Live; 11 January 1996, New York City, NY, USA)Billy Corgan4:27
8."Lily (My One And Only)" (Live; 5 January 1996, Washington DC, USA)Billy Corgan3:31
9."Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (Live; 3 July 1996, Cleveland, OH, USA)Billy Corgan12:33
10."Jellybelly" (Live; 6 April 1996, Gent, Belgium)Billy Corgan3:51
11."Bullet With Butterfly Wings" (Live; 3 February 1996, Los Angeles, CA, USA)Billy Corgan4:16
12."By Starlight" (Live; 2 July 1996, Buffalo, NY, USA)Billy Corgan5:11
13."Bodies" (Live; 5 July 1996, Philadelphia, PA, USA)Billy Corgan3:58
14."Silverfuck" (Live; 9 April 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark)Billy Corgan13:54
2013 Reissue bonus DVD: Live at Malsaucy Lake, Belfort, France; 4 July 1997
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Glimpses" (Instrumental jam of The Yardbirds' song)Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja 
2."Where Boys Fear To Tread"Billy Corgan 
3."Eye"Billy Corgan 
4."Tonight, Tonight"Billy Corgan 
5."Transformer"Billy Corgan 
6."Thru the Eyes of Ruby"Billy Corgan 
7."The End Is the Beginning Is the End"Billy Corgan 
8."By Starlight"Billy Corgan 
9."Bullet With Butterfly Wings"Billy Corgan 
10."Muzzle"Billy Corgan 
11."1979"Billy Corgan 
12."X.Y.U."Billy Corgan 
13."Porcelina of the Vast Oceans"Billy Corgan 
14."The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)"Billy Corgan 

Release history

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
November 26, 1996 Virgin 7243 8 38564 2 8 5CD US 382015 9d087a31-4788-41e4-8f0e-0f5c83994faf [1][2][3][4][5]
November 25, 1996 Virgin SP BOX 2 • 7243 8 38564 2 8 5CD UK & Europe 2038097 [1][2][3][4][5]
July 23, 2013 Virgin • UMe B0018550-01 5LP US 4760393 [6][7][8][9][10]
July 23, 2013 Virgin • UMe B0018549-00 6CD • DVD US 4789671 e7563af2-b950-441b-b7e9-9f553f7b0dda [6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
July 23, 2013 EMI Digital Worldwide [6][7][8][9][10][11]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel

The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Billy Corgan – vocals, guitar, piano, production, liner notes, mixing, illustrations
  • James Iha – guitar; vocals on "...Said Sadly", "A Night Like This", "The Boy", "Believe", and "The Bells"; production; engineering; mixing
  • D'arcy Wretzky – bass guitar, vocals on "Dreaming" and "The Bells", production, engineering, mixing
  • Jimmy Chamberlin – drums
Additional musicians
Production
  • Andy Chase – engineer
  • John Craig – illustrations
  • Pual Eledge – photography
  • Flood – production, engineering, mixing
  • Jeff Lane – mixing
  • Tommy Lipnick – engineering
  • Jeff Moleski – engineering, mixing
  • Tommy Moleski – engineering
  • Alan Moulder – production, mixing
  • J. Nicholas – mixing, mixing assistant
  • Frank Olinsky – art direction, design
  • Neil Perry – mixing
  • Claudine Pontier – engineering
  • Russ Spice – engineering
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Martin White – engineering
  • Yelena Yemchuk – photography, "Zero" cover art

Chart positions

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard 200[6] 42

References

  1. MTV News staff (1996). "Pumpkins' "Collectors" Set Has Mass Appeal". MTV.com. Archived from the original (http) on May 9, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2006.
  2. "Smashing Pumpkins' 'Aeroplane Flies High' Nears Infinity With 104-Track Reissue". Spin.com. June 5, 2013.
  3. "The Aeroplane Flies High". Rolling Stone. December 12, 1996. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. "Spotify - The Smashing Pumpkins". Spotify. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. "The Smashing Pumpkins - The Aeroplane Flies High". Pitchfork. July 19, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.