Release the Reissue of The Smashing Pumpkins' Album Machina
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In celebration of The Smashing Pumpkins’ upcoming summer reunion tour, fans are coming together to petition for the release of the award-winning album, Machina/The Machines of God, as well as its counterpart, Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. With more than 21 million albums sold in the United States alone, The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990’s and beyond. 6 reissue projects have already been released with much success and fanfare, including: Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High and Adore.
We the fans are coming together to ask EMI/Universal Music Group to let the band finish their reissue campaign with an album that has come to be known as a masterpiece by many. Already certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Machina would undoubtedly sell quickly and in great numbers, especially with the media buzz and promotion of the Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour. #FREEMACHINA
Taken from Billy Corgan's Instagram Page:
"MACHINA/pt 1/The Machines of God 'turns' 18 today (Feb 28/2000). It's nice to see where so many younger fans have found and resonated with this work, which despite being often misunderstood or disregarded has seen a sort of restoration with time. On the question of when a reissue would be made available (reuniting pts 1 + 2 with a copious amount of additional work), the legal squabble with our inherited label continues (meaning they purchased our catalog from Gish to Machina from old masters EMI and take scant possession of the legacy, much less any present or future plans to promote said work). Which is a curious thing...
That said, I have made overtures to purchase the catalog by putting together a group of investors; only to be rebuffed, because 'it's too valuable to be sold.'"
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