When Billy Corgan announced all of the ground breaking Smashing Pumpkins albums would be getting a top-of-the-line reissue treatment including audiophile-grade vinyl, their fans rejoiced worldwide. Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness is the newest in the reissue series. Presented as a lavish 4-LP box set, Smashing Pumpkins and EMI asked fans to trust that this was going to be the best this record has sounded.
The box set is currently priced around $75 in the US, but as much as $220 in other parts of the world. At this price, fans expect a high quality product.
Unfortunately, as soon the first copies were delivered, fans across the world started to complain about sound issues experienced particularly on the first side of the first disc. There have been many complaints made specifically about the song "Zero". There is heavy distortion that makes the song "unlistenable". It is unclear if it is an isolated issue or all copies are effected.
We, the fans, and the customers, propose a repressing of the first disc of the set to be offered to patrons who have experienced sound quality issues with their first disc. We ask this simply as fans of the wonderful music, and look forward to continued output and reissues by this beloved band.