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Ladies and gentlemen, the ADORE box set has finally arrived! And here at the Nexus we've got the track list. But even better, not only will those interested be able to pre-order copies from (Billy's Highland Park, IL teahouse), but he's informed us that he'll also be signing both box sets and vinyl copies for purchase; with special deals and incentives offered there. So read on, with the accompany press release to ADORE below titles.

From BC: “I spent some time this morning preparing what was meant to be the reveal of the ADORE BOX SET, for where the real juice lies in it is what sonic goodies made their way on it. Notably, I was prepared to share this information here on The Panopticon as far back as two months ago, but made the mistake of asking the record label if I should wait. And if you saw my comments earlier today, you already know that I’m very upset that an online retailer broke their agreement, posting up the tracks up before we could do it here first AS THEY’D ASKED. The irony being where do you think this kind of information comes from, if not for your truly?

Now, let me digress here for a moment. The record business as you already know instinctively is quite bad; and some would say music hasn’t been in such a disadvantageous place in the culture since the selling of commercial music began in the early 1900’s. And I for one have been very outspoken about what I would say are harmful business practices, the kind which place artists in an exploitative position visa vie their rights and ownership of their own work.

Lately though there have been some encouraging signs, particularly in those realms where groups can better own/control/and have some bigger say in how their music is marketed. As an example, The Smashing Pumpkins et al do not own the 90’s albums, although technically it says on a piece of paper that we own 50 pct. But, and this is a big and, I control any use of that music, and having agreed to this reissue campaign a few years back I’ve worked tirelessly to provide, pound-for-pound, the best reissues possible. And believe it or not, in most cases I lose more than I spend on those projects. But this is not to say that I’m not grateful, for I am: to old SP, to our great supporters, and those who’ve taken a new interest in the band because of the depth of our ever-growing catalog.

So in that light you can understand why it boils my blood when ‘ye olde record business stands up and does it same old trample all over what was promised because frankly, they’re more scared of their masters than artists on their rosters. Yes, we are just a small operation over here, and unfortunately on a day that started with so much excitement (the sharing of this info below), now I have to field through excuses to figure out what I can trust going forward. Not because I believe in some corporate logo that helps sell plastic, but because of what I’ve labored to put on that plastic.

SO, let me be the second to present to you the ADORE BOX SET track list, and the first to get it right. Amen…

Disc 1 – Adore: Stereo Remastered

01. To Sheila

02. Ava Adore

03. Perfect

04. Daphne Descends

05. Once Upon a Time

06. Tear

07. Crestfallen

08. Appels + Oranjes

09. Pug

10. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete

11. Annie-Dog

12. Shame

13. Behold! the Night Mare

14. For Martha

15. Blank Page

16. 17

Disc 2 – Adore: Mono Remastered

01. To Sheila

02. Ava Adore

03. Perfect

04. Daphne Descends

05. Once Upon a Time

06. Tear

07. Crestfallen

08. Appels + Oranjes

09. Pug

10. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete

11. Annie-Dog

12. Shame

13. Behold! the Night Mare

14. For Martha

15. Blank Page

Disc 3: In a State of Passage

01. Blissed and Gone (Sadlands Demo)

02. Christmastime (Sadlands Demo)

03. My Mistake (Sadlands Demo)

04. Sparrow (Sadlands Demo)

05. Valentine (Sadlands Demo)

06. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Sadlands Demo)

07. What If? (Streeterville Demo)

08. Chewing Gum (CRC Demo)

09. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (CRC Demo)

10. The Ethers Tragic (Instrumental/ 2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)

11. The Guns of Love Disastrous (Instrumental/ 2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)

12. Annie-Dog (Take 10/ CRC Demo)

13. Once in a While (2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)

14. Do You Close Your Eyes When You Kiss Me? (CRC Demo)

15. For Martha (Take 1/ CRC Demo)

16. My Mistake (Take 1/ CRC Demo)

17. Blissed and Gone (CRC Demo)

18. For Martha (Take 2/ Instrumental/ CRC Demo)

Disc 4: Chalices, Palaces and Deep Pools

01. For Martha (Symphonic Snippet/ Instrumental)

02. Crestfallen (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)

03. To Sheila (Early Banjo Version)

04. Ava Adore (Puffy Combs Remix 1998)

05. O Rio (Instrumental/ Sadlands Demo)

06. Waiting (Adore Outtake)

07. Once Upon a Time (Sadlands Demo)

08. Eye (2014 Mix/ From the ‘Lost Highway’ Soundtrack)

09. Saturnine (For Piano and Voice)

10. Cash Car Star (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)

11. Pug (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)

12. Perfect (No Strings Version)

13. It’s Alright (Instrumental/ Adore Outtake)

14. Czarina (Take 1/ Adore Outtake)

15. Indecision (Sadlands Demo)

16. Blank Page (Early Version)

Disc 5: Malice, Callous and Fools

01. Let Me Give the World to You (Adore Outtake)

02. Tear (From Digital Transfer)

03. Cross (Adore Outtake)

04. Because You Are (Adore B-Side)

05. Jersey Shore (Sadlands Demo)

06. Shame (Take 1)

07. Summer (Instrumental/ Adore Outtake)

08. Blissed and Gone (Drone Version)

09. Heaven (Instrumental/ Sadlands Demo)

10. Daphne Descends (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)

11. Saturnine (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)

12. Behold! the Night Mare (Alternate Vocal)

13. Perfect (Acoustic Demo/ Adore Outtake)

14. Do You Close Your Eyes? (Adore Outtake)

15. The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

Disc 6: Kissed Alive Too

01. Ava Adore (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)

02. Daphne Descends (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)

03. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)

04. Tear (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)

05. Shame (Live With Mancow/ Chicago)

06. Blank Page (Live With Mancow/ Chicago)

07. To Sheila (Live/ Nashville/ Ryman Auditorium)

08. Money (That’s What I Want) (Live/ Los Angeles/ Dodger Stadium)

09. X.Y.U. Medley (Live/ Los Angeles/ Dodger Stadium)

10. Transmission (Live/ Chicago/ Rehearsal)

Disc 7 – DVD: Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA – August 4, 1998

01. To Sheila

02. Behold! the Night Mare

03. Pug

04. Crestfallen

05. Ava Adore

06. Tear

07. Annie-Dog

08. Perfect

09. Thru the Eyes of Ruby

10. Tonight, Tonight

11. Once Upon a Time

12. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete

13. Bullet with Butterfly Wings

14. Shame

15. For Martha

16. Blank Page

17. Transmission




107-track six-CD/DVD package, bundled with rarities, demos and outtakes along with a complete live show from Atlanta’s Fox Theater, will be released in addition to 90-track deluxe digital, double vinyl and single CD versions

Los Angeles, California – July 16, 2014 – When it was first released on June 1, 1998, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore, the follow-up to their mega-successful 1995 double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, fans were puzzled by its lack of rock guitars, its folk and electronic elements and relative intimacy. Even the album title, as Billy Corgan mentions in the booklet that accompanies Universal Music Enterprises’ 107-track, six-CD/DVD reissue of the epic disc—due Virgin/UMe on Sept. 23—was misunderstood.

“The funny thing was [it] was a joke that no one ever got,” says Corgan, explaining that Adore was meant as a play on “A Door.” The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore offered a new entrance to the band’s career, as Corgan experimented with and without the band–whose drummer (and Billy’s musical confidant), Jimmy Chamberlin’s absence played as large a role as his presence might have in the making of the record. The highly personal Corgan songs reflected on the then-recent loss of his mother (“For Martha,” “Once Upon a Time”), his divorce and female issues (“Ava Adore,” “Crestfallen,” “Pug,” “Annie Dog”) and some of the most incisive lyrics he’s ever written (“Blank Pages”).

More than 15 years later, Adore--part of the continuing series of reissues of the iconic alternative band’s acclaimed catalog via Virgin/Ume--stands the test of time or as Rolling Stone writer David Wild calls it in the liner booklet, “the surprisingly beautiful sound of a great band falling apart.” Adore will be released in four different formats; among the previously unreleased tracks is the never-before-available “Blissed and Gone.” Fans may recognize the melody as it can be briefly heard as the final track on the original Adore release.

The Adore Super Deluxe six-CD/DVD package includes 107 tracks, featuring a mono version of the album; “In a State of Passage,” with demos from Corgan’s home Sadlands studio; “Chalices, Palaces, and Deep Pools,” devoted to outtakes, among them an instrumental version of “For Martha,” produced by Flood and Corgan, and “Malice, Callous, and Fools,” featuring an outtake from the Rick Rubin/Corgan collaboration, ”Let Me Give the World to You.” A sixth disc, “Kissed Alive Too,” spotlights live tracks recorded in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, among others, while the DVD captures the Smashing Pumpkins in an August 4, 1998 performance at Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. A full booklet with liner notes is also part of the release.

In addition, Adore will be available as a single CD, a double-vinyl version and a deluxe, 90-track digital package.

Capturing a transitional period in the Smashing Pumpkins’ history, Billy Corgan was glad to revisit some of these songs, adding in versions with Bon Harris’ electronic wizardry that proves how the album was way ahead of its time. “I love Adore, but for a while, my opinion of the record was so intertwined with people’s reactions to it at the time. I would say that my kind of iffy feelings lingered long past the point when a lot of fans seemed to come back around to the record–which seemed to really start happening around seven years ago. Now Adore is name-checked by fans constantly.”

Now, thanks to UMe’s four-pronged restoration of this gem, the album can reach a whole new generation of fans, its themes of in Corgan’s words, “disassociation and disintegration and disembodiment” more relevant than ever more than a decade and a half later.--

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