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Smashing Pumpkins Ready ‘Adore’ for Super-Deluxe Reissue

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Even though Amazon prematurely leaked the news of its release, and pissed off Billy Corgan in the process, it looks like all systems are go for the upcoming super-deluxe reissue of the Smashing Pumpkins‘ ‘Adore’ in September.

Originally issued in 1998, ‘Adore’ was the follow-up to the band’s mega-hit 1995 double-album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ and signaled a change of direction for Billy Corgan and company, as they incorporated the use of electronics and folk elements into their sound. That change in musical direction confused as many fans as it enthralled.

‘Adore”s reissue, which is due on Sept. 23, has now grown from a single album into a whopping 107-track set spread over six CDs. The new package will be full of rarities, demos, alternate version and outtakes, along with a complete live show from Atlanta’s Fox Theater.

It will also be available in digital download, double vinyl and single-CD editions.

It wasn’t just the sound the band adopted on this LP that confused some fans; the album’s title was also misunderstood, according to Corgan. “The funny thing was, [it] was a joke that no one ever got,” he said in a press release announcing the reissue, pointing out that ‘Adore’ was a play on “a door.”

More than 15 years later, Corgan still speaks highly of the album, which wasn’t a runaway hit like its predecessor. “I love ‘Adore,’ but for a while, my opinion of the record was so intertwined with people’s reactions to it at the time,” he said. “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.”

Here’s your chance to check it out all over again.

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