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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
The Complete Machina 2/The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music [no label, 2CD]

It's difficult to figure out why Billy Corgan decided to release Machina 2 in this mixed format of mini- and double-LPs. But surprisingly, when played back-to-back (on the CD), with less "change-breaks" between songs, Machina 2 is more coherent than one expects. The songs do flow and, more importantly, they do not sound like some quick throwaways - for instance, Let Me Give the World to You sounds like a good opener for any album.

Of course, some tracks do come across as fillers or B-side materials, such as the tentative Glass Theme (spacey version) but there are also soaring pieces like the brooding In My Body or Here's To The Atom Bomb, which should amuse with its apparent simplicity. Among the slower tracks, there is the charming piano-driven If There Is a God. Then there are tracks such as Saturine, Soul Power and Cash Car Star which show off the group's epic and rocky feel. Machina 2 does not sound like a group on its last legs but unfortunately, that's how the wheel turns, and fans are left with this souvenir to remind them of better days. - Stephen Tan

Here is some background on Machina 2:

Machina 2, "released" in September 2000 and a follow-up to Machina, is often acknowledged by fans as the final album of The Smashing Pumpkins.

A final farewell and a f*** you to a record label that didn't give them the support they deserved, a limited pressing album was made (3x10" and a double-LP, five discs total) and given away to fans to distribute. Altogether only 25 sets were made.

Issued on Constantinople Records (Billy's own label), the 25 copies are on hand-cut, hand-numbered, non-lacquered acetate. The three 10"s come in plain white sleeves, the double-LP comes in a plain black sleeve with paper pasted to the inside, including "ch5/the story of june (so far)". The discs are labelled with small stickers bearing CR 01 through CR 04 (CR 04 is the double-LP, with sides A-D).

On September 5, 2000, 25 packages were sent out via FedEx. A CD release of this album was made by Q101, which was sourced from their vinyl copy. There are NO official CD releases, but a limited number of Virgin "in house" promos have been reported. Most of what is found on eBay is either a Q101 release, a burned CDR, or a bootleg sourced from the Q101 release or MP3s.

The four-CD set of Virgin "in house" promos were sourced from the vinyl, and rejected for major label release. It has been reported that there were both US and UK versions of this promo, though there is currently more extensive proof regarding the authenticty of the UK promo.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, with the exception of four tracks, the rest have never been officially released. These tracks are not for sale.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at singbigo@singnet.com.sg if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Disc 1
Track 01 Slow Dawn
Track 02 Vanity (5.6MB)
Track 03 Saturnine - "Saturn9" (5.5MB)
Track 04 Glass' Theme (spacey version) - "Glass/Alternate Version" (3.9MB)
Track 05 Soul Power [James Brown] (4.1MB)
Track 06 Cash Car Star "Version 1" (5.2MB)
Track 07 Lucky 13
Track 08 Speed Kills - "Speed Kills But Beauty Lives Forever" (6.5MB)
Track 09 If There Is a God (piano/vox) (3.6MB)
Track 10

Try, Try, Try (alt. music/lyrics) - "Try / Version 1"

Track 11 Heavy Metal Machine (version I alt. mix) (9.2MB)
Track 12 Glass' Theme - "Glass" (2.6MB)
Track 13 Cash Car Star (4.6MB)
Track 14 Dross (4.9MB)
Track 15 Real Love
Track 16 Go (5.2MB)
Track 17 Let Me Give the World to You (5.8MB)
Track 18 Innosense (3.5MB)
Track 19 Home (6.2MB)
Track 20 Blue Skies Bring Tears (heavy) - "Blue Skies / Version Electronique" (4.6MB)
Track 21 White Spyder (White Spider) (4.9MB)
 
Disc 2
Track 01 In My Body (9.5MB)
Track 02 If There Is a God (full band) (2.9MB)
Track 03 Le Deux Machina (synth) (2.5MB)
Track 04 Here's to the Atom Bomb - "Atom Bomb" (5.2MB)

Of the 25 tracks on Machina 2, four have been officially released:

"Real Love" was released on "{Rotten Apples} The Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits
http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/discog.html?discog_id=155

"Lucky 13" and "Slow Dawn" were released on "Judas O" the bonus disc that came with the greatest hits album
http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/discog.html?discog_id=156

"Try Try Try (alternate)" was a B-side of the "Untitled" single
http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/discog.html?discog_id=158

THE FRIENDS AND ENEMIES OF MODERN MUSIC

These tracks come from a 60-minute cassette given by Billy Corgan to an online fan in April 2000, with instructions to "circulate these". The compilation was originally to be a 90-minute tape, but it got screwed up, so Corgan dug up the Gravity demos instead, and made this 60-minute tape the next day. Two tracks were cut, on the end of each side... "Well, tough shit." (Note: This is not to be confused with the band's final self-released album, Machina II/The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music.)

Track 05 Glass' Theme (2.6MB)
Track 06 Disco King (The Everlasting Gaze) (6.4MB)
Track 07 Dross (4.6MB)
Track 08 Blue Skies Bring Tears (Arising! version) (5.7MB)
Track 09 If There Is a God (3.1MB)
Track 10 Le Deux Machina (Mike Garson version) (7.8MB)
Track 11 Heavy Metal Machine (Version I) (8.0MB)
Track 12 Here's to the Atom Bomb (cut) (3.2MB)
  Real Love (removed - same version as the one found on Machina II/the Friends & Enemies of Modern Music)
Track 13 Money (That's What I Want) (3.6MB)
Track 14 X.Y.U. (15.4MB)
Track 15 Once Upon a Time (6.0MB)
Track 16 Crestfallen (7.3MB)
Track 17 Untitled (2.2MB)
Track 18 Untitled (5.4MB)
Track 19 Untitled (4.0MB)

Track info:

Tracks 05-12 (plus Real Love): Nov 1998 - Oct 1999 - Chicago Recording Company - studio, electric
Tracks 13 and 14: 1998/10/31 - Dodger Stadium; Los Angeles, CA, US - soundboard, electric
Tracks 15-19: (unknown) - studio demos

For more information, visit:
http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/discog.html?discog_id=153
http://www.spfc.org/songs-releases/boot.html?boot_id=165

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