When delving into the legacy of a band like Smashing Pumpkins, things can get a little complicated, such is the sheer depth and volume of their output over the years. Every album has a vivid back story of demos, b-sides and alternate takes, and these stories have previously been only vaguely told by official channels as labels tried to keep up with output. The rest of this music has been pieced together by enthusiasts and shared online.

Since Smashing Pumpkins 2.0 became a permanent concern, Billy Corgan has taken ownership of these recordings, and with Virgin's help has been repackaging the whole catalogue in sumptuous, remastered detail for new fans, old fans and casual fans. The box sets for each album are telling an intimate tale of basically everything that happened to make the records such as Gish, Siamese Dream etc., plus live performance recordings from that era. The single, separately sold disc (or double disc in Mellon Collie's case) gives a fresh take on the parent record for people who only want to spend a tenner.

OK, so now absolutely no one is confused, things around the new box set for The Aeroplane Flies High are a little foggy. You see, Mellon Collie... just got the full re-issue treatment, and Aeroplane... originally contained expanded versions of the Mellon Collie singles. So here, with an extra (count them) 90 tracks, you are going to get some duplication. Different versions of the same songs sure, but duplication never the less.

The 90s were such an insanely creatively rich time for Billy Corgan and his glorious vegetables, that even with this level of detail, the story still needs the listener to fill in the little gaps and join the dots. And those little joys really add to the value of this beautifully packaged and carefully pieced together resissue program.

So what do you get with this one? Mind if I cut and paste?

"These new limited edition box sets of THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH feature the original 33 track version—remastered by Bob Ludwig—and expanded to 104 tracks (90 audio and 14 audio-visual) encompassing unreleased demos, alternative versions and live recordings. In addition to expanded versions of Aeroplane’s original 5 discs, a 6th disc contains live recordings from the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, while the DVD content is taken from a July, 4 1997, performance in Belfort, France. Included is a 46-page book with liner notes written by David Wild, plus extensive track-by-track notes by The Smashing Pumpkins founder-singer-songwriter-guitarist Billy Corgan—for the original release’s 33 tracks. The box set has unique packaging with embossed foil wrap & twinkle stock for jackets. To view the full tracklisting of each box set and DVD, go here."

...which isn't a bad haul. And within that haul you get songs like 'Set The Ray To Jerry', which alone is worth the price of admission. That song is another example of the Pumpkins producing some of their best work when not so many people are looking.

The Aeroplane Flies High is out July 23rd. Next up, Adore.