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The Aeroplane Flies High

The Aeroplane Flies High is a five-disc boxed set released by The Smashing Pumpkins. 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 #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. It should be noted that this collection does not include the song "Infinite Sadness", which has only been released on the vinyl version of Mellon Collie as the closing track, and also for digital download on their Rarities and B-Sides collection.

Track listing

"Bullet with Butterfly Wings"

  1. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" (Billy Corgan) – 4:16
  2. "...Said Sadly" (featuring Nina Gordon) (James Iha) – 3:09
  3. "You're All I've Got Tonight" (Ric Ocasek) – 3:10
  4. "Clones (We're All)" (David Carron) – 2:43
  5. "A Night Like This" (Robert Smith) – 3:36
  6. "Destination Unknown" (Dale Bozzio/Terry Bozzio/Warren Cuccurullo) – 4:14
  7. "Dreaming" (Debbie Harry/Chris Stein) – 5:11

*"You're All I've Got Tonight" is a cover of a song by The Cars from The Cars.
*"Clones (We're All)" is an Alice Cooper cover from Flush the Fashion.
*"A Night Like This" is a cover of The Cure, from The Head on the Door, and features vocals by Iha.
*"Destination Unknown" is a Missing Persons cover, from Spring Session M.
*"Dreaming" is a Blondie cover, from Eat to the Beat, and features vocals by D'arcy Wretzky and Corgan, respectively.

"1979"

  1. "1979" (Corgan) – 4:28
  2. "Ugly" (Corgan) – 2:52
  3. "The Boy" (Iha) – 3:04
  4. "Cherry" (Corgan) – 4:02
  5. "Believe" (Iha) – 3:15
  6. "Set the Ray to Jerry" (Corgan) – 4:10

"Zero"

  1. "Zero" (Corgan) – 2:39
  2. "God" (Corgan) – 3:09
  3. "Mouths of Babes" (Corgan) – 3:46
  4. "Tribute to Johnny" (Iha/Corgan) – 2:34 (instrumental)
  5. "Marquis in Spades" (Corgan) – 3:17
  6. "Pennies" (Corgan) – 2:28
  7. "Pastichio Medley" (Corgan) – 23:00

"Tribute to Johnny" is a tribute to Johnny Winter, one of Billy Corgan's favorite guitarists.

The "Pastichio Medley" is a medley of riffs from a variety of sources recorded after Siamese Dream and before the completion of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It features: "The Demon", "Thunderbolt", "Dearth", "Knuckles", "Star Song", "Firepower", "New Waver", "Space Jam", "Zoom", "So Very Sad About Us", "Phang", "Speed Racer", "The Eternal E", "Hairy Eyeball", "The Groover", "Hell Bent for Hell", "Rachel", "A Dog's Prayer", "Blast", "The Black Rider", "Slurpee", "Flipper", "The Viper", "Bitch", "Fried", "Harmonia", "U.S.A.", "The Tracer", "Envelope Woman", "Plastic Guy", "Glasgow 3am", "The Road Is Long", "Funkified", "Rigamarole", "Depresso", "The Streets Are Hot Tonite", "Dawn At 16", "Spazmatazz", "Fucker", "In the Arms of Sheep", "Speed", "77", "Me Rock You Snow", "Feelium", "Is Alex Milton", "Rubberman", "Spacer", "Rock Me", "Weeping Willowly", "Rings", "So So Pretty", "Lucky Lad", "Jackboot", "Milieu", "Disconnected", "Let Your Lazer Love Light Shine Down", "Phreak", "Porkbelly", "Robot Lover", "Jimmy James", "America", "Slinkeepie", "Dummy Tum Tummy", "Fakir", "Jake", "Camaro", "Moonkids", "Make It Fungus", "V-8", "Die".

"Tonight, Tonight"

  1. "Tonight, Tonight" (Corgan) – 4:15
  2. "Meladori Magpie" (Corgan) – 2:41
  3. "Rotten Apples" (Corgan) – 3:02
  4. "Jupiter's Lament" (Corgan) – 2:30
  5. "Medellia of the Gray Skies" (Corgan) – 3:11
  6. "Blank" (Corgan) – 2:54
  7. "Tonite Reprise" (Corgan) – 2:40

"Medellia of the Gray Skies" features members of The Frogs.

"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"

  1. "Thirty-Three" (Corgan) – 4:10
  2. "The Last Song" (Corgan) – 3:55
  3. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (Corgan) – 8:31
  4. "Transformer" (Corgan) – 3:25
  5. "The Bells" (Iha) – 2:17
  6. "My Blue Heaven" (George Whiting/Walter Donaldson) – 3:20

"The Last Song" features lead guitar by Billy Corgan's father, Bill Corgan, Sr.

Promotional CD

To promote the box set, a 4 track CD single was issued by Virgin Records America with customised cover sleeve and CD art (Cat number 7087 6 11589 2 2 dpro-11589)

  1. "The Last Song" (Corgan) – 3:55
  2. "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (Corgan) – 8:31
  3. "Transformer" (Corgan) – 3:25
  4. "Destination Unknown" (Dale Bozzio/Terry Bozzio/Warren Cuccurullo) – 4:14

Personnel

  • Billy Corgan - vocals, guitar, piano, Producer, Liner Notes, Mixing, Illustrations
  • D'arcy - bass, vocals on "Dreaming" and "The Bells," Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • James Iha - guitar, vocals on "A Night Like This," "The Boy," "Believe," and "The Bells", Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Jimmy Chamberlin - drums
  • Flood - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Jeff Moleski - Engineer, Mixing
  • Alan Moulder - Producer, Mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Martin White - Engineer
  • Jeff Lane - Mixing
  • J. Nicholas - Mixing, Mixing Assistant
  • Neal Perry - Mixing
  • Claudine Pontier - Engineer
  • Tommy Lipnick - Engineer
  • Tommy Moleski - Engineer
  • Russ Spice - Engineer
  • Andy Chase - Engineer
  • Nina Gordon - Vocals on "...Said Sadly"
  • Eric Remschneider - Cello on "The Bells"
  • Chris Martin (Not to be confused with the member of Coldplay) - Piano
  • Adam Schlesinger - Piano on "The Bells"
  • Keith Brown - Piano
  • Dennis Flemion - Instruments on "Medellia of the Gray Skies"
  • Jimmy Flemion - Instruments on "Medellia of the Gray Skies"
  • Bill Corgan, Sr. - Guitar solo on "The Last Song"
  • John Craig - Illustrations
  • Frank Olinsky - Art Direction, Design
  • Pual Eledge - Photography
  • Yelena Yemchuk - Photography, "Zero" cover art

Chart positions

Album

Year Album Chart Position
1996 The Aeroplane Flies High The Billboard 200 No. 42

Notes

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