Smashing Pumpkins to Reissue Classic Albums

The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue their classic recordings during a three-year program that kicks off in the fall with expanded versions of three albums including their 1993 breakthrough "Siamese Dream," frontman Billy Corgan and EMI Music said Tuesday.

Also due out then will be their 1991 full-length debut "Gish" and the 1994 rarities collection "Pisces Iscariot." An exact release date has not been finalized.

Next year, Corgan and EMI will reissue the 1995 double album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," the 1996 five-disc boxed set "The Aeroplane Flies High" and 1998's commercial disappointment "Adore."

In 2013, the 2000 swan songs "Machina/The Machines of God" and "Machina II: The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music" will come out as one package. A hits package, presumably featuring such modern-rock radio staples as "1979," "Cherub Rock" and "Today," will also be released in 2013.

"What makes the deal with EMI groundbreaking is the band has secured the right to all unreleased materials and will be in charge of any additional releases based on our discretion," Corgan, the band's singer/songwriter/guitarist, said in a statement. "In essence, the band has the keys to the warehouse and can release whatever we want, when we want it."

The statement did not detail what bonus material would be included on the reissues.

Corgan is the only original member left in the Pumpkins, which he founded in Chicago in 1988. The band broke up in 2000, and Corgan reactivated the franchise in 2006 with a revolving cast of players and considerably less commercial success. The band is contemplating a tour in August, and plans to release a new album online in September, the statement said.

It was not immediately clear to what extent the former members of the classic lineup -- guitarist James Iha, bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin -- would be involved in the reissue process.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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