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Billy Corgan Picks a Fight With Amazon

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Alt-rock hath no fury like Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan scorned — and the folks at Amazon may want to lay low for a bit after provoking Corgan’s ire by leaking the details of the band’s upcoming reissue of its 1998 ‘Adore’ LP.

He shared his wrath via Facebook post, explaining to fans that “Amazon decided to break an agreement and post track listing of ‘Adore’ first; despite assurances otherwise that asked us to wait … OBVIOUSLY I’ve had ‘Adore’ track list for 4 months, and could have posted anytime. But we try to co-ordinate these releases to balance all.” Now, assured Corgan, “All I can say is that a/ never again will I trust such promises and that b/ for now on I’ll just do right by SP peeps first and foremost … AND btw, Amazon track list is WRONG. I’m just saying…”

As promised, he later elaborated at the Pumpkins’ site, adding, “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 [sic]? … 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.”

Adding to Corgan’s understandable annoyance is the fact that, more than many reissue artists, he’s devoted quite a bit of time — and added an incredible array of bonus material — to the new/old discs. “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,” he explained. “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.”

Pound-for-pound, the newly expanded ‘Adore’ (due in stores Sept. 23) is pretty impressive: its original 16-song track listing has been joined by an additional five CDs’ worth of bonus material, plus a DVD that captures the band’s Aug. 4, 1998 show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. It isn’t hard to understand his consternation, but despite all his rage, here’s hoping he’s still excited about the reissue.

If you’re a Smashing Pumpkins fan, it’s difficult to imagine what else you might want from this. Check out the complete track listing below.

Smashing Pumpkins Expanded ‘Adore’ Track List:
Disc 1 – Adore: Stereo Remastered
To Sheila
Ava Adore
Perfect
Daphne Descends
Once Upon a Time
Tear
Crestfallen
Appels + Oranjes
Pug
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
Annie-Dog
Shame
Behold! the Night Mare
For Martha
Blank Page
17

Disc 2 – Adore: Mono Remastered
To Sheila
Ava Adore
Perfect
Daphne Descends
Once Upon a Time
Tear
Crestfallen
Appels + Oranjes
Pug
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
Annie-Dog
Shame
Behold! the Night Mare
For Martha
Blank Page

Disc 3 – In a State of Passage
Blissed and Gone (Sadlands Demo)
Christmastime (Sadlands Demo)
My Mistake (Sadlands Demo)
Sparrow (Sadlands Demo)
Valentine (Sadlands Demo)
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Sadlands Demo)
What If? (Streeterville Demo)
Chewing Gum (CRC Demo)
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (CRC Demo)
The Ethers Tragic (Instrumental/ 2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)
The Guns of Love Disastrous (Instrumental/ 2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)
Annie-Dog (Take 10/ CRC Demo)
Once in a While (2014 Mix/ CRC Demo)
Do You Close Your Eyes When You Kiss Me? (CRC Demo)
For Martha (Take 1/ CRC Demo)
My Mistake (Take 1/ CRC Demo)
Blissed and Gone (CRC Demo)
For Martha (Take 2/ Instrumental/ CRC Demo)

Disc 4 – Chalices, Palaces and Deep Pools
For Martha (Symphonic Snippet/ Instrumental)
Crestfallen (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)
To Sheila (Early Banjo Version)
Ava Adore (Puffy Combs Remix 1998)
O Rio (Instrumental/ Sadlands Demo)
Waiting (Adore Outtake)
Once Upon a Time (Sadlands Demo)
Eye (2014 Mix/ From the ‘Lost Highway’ Soundtrack)
Saturnine (For Piano and Voice)
Cash Car Star (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)
Pug (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)
Perfect (No Strings Version)
It’s Alright (Instrumental/ Adore Outtake)
Czarina (Take 1/ Adore Outtake)
Indecision (Sadlands Demo)
Blank Page (Early Version)

Disc 5 – Malice, Callous and Fools
Let Me Give the World to You (Adore Outtake)
Tear (From Digital Transfer)
Cross (Adore Outtake)
Because You Are (Adore B-Side)
Jersey Shore (Sadlands Demo)
Shame (Take 1)
Summer (Instrumental/ Adore Outtake)
Blissed and Gone (Drone Version)
Heaven (Instrumental/ Sadlands Demo)
Daphne Descends (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)
Saturnine (Matt Walker Reimagined/ 2014)
Behold! the Night Mare (Alternate Vocal)
Perfect (Acoustic Demo/ Adore Outtake)
Do You Close Your Eyes? (Adore Outtake)
The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

Disc 6 – Kissed Alive Too
Ava Adore (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)
Daphne Descends (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)
Tear (Live/ Sao Paulo Session)
Shame (Live With Mancow/ Chicago)
Blank Page (Live With Mancow/ Chicago)
To Sheila (Live/ Nashville/ Ryman Auditorium)
Money (That’s What I Want) (Live/ Los Angeles/ Dodger Stadium)
X.Y.U. Medley (Live/ Los Angeles/ Dodger Stadium)
Transmission (Live/ Chicago/ Rehearsal)

Disc 7 – DVD: Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA – August 4, 1998
To Sheila
Behold! the Night Mare
Pug
Crestfallen
Ava Adore
Tear
Annie-Dog
Perfect
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
Tonight, Tonight
Once Upon a Time
The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Shame
For Martha
Blank Page
Transmission

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