Twenty years after releasing their landmark debut Gish, Smashing Pumpkins are prepping a massive reissue series of their entire catalog, set to begin this year and continue through 2013. The campaign, launched by the band’s label EMI, will feature remastered editions of all the group’s studio albums with bonus material to be determined. The first reissues — Gish, 1993’s Siamese Dream, and 1994’s compilation album Pisces Iscariot — will be released this fall, although exact dates have yet to be announced.
Before Corgan starts digging through the band’s vaults, the singer-guitarist will go back into the studio in May to work on a new Pumpkins album titled Oceania, tentatively slated for release on September 1. According to a statement, the release is “an album within an album” — it will be part of the group’s ongoing 44-song project Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, for which they’ve already released nine tracks online.
“Even though I pronounced the album dead, I guess I still wanna do another one,” Corgan says in a video announcing the news, which was posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Smashing Pumpkins’ reissue series will resume in 2012 with remastered versions of 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High, and 1998’s Adore. The 2000 diptych Machina/The Machine of God and Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music will be bundled as one reissue and put out in 2013, along with a ‘Best Of’ compilation.
Smashing Pumpkins are also plotting a return to the road this Summer, although no dates have been announced yet, according to a statement.