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Smashing Pumpkins revisit breakthrough albums
Smashing Pumpkins revisit breakthrough albums

“Gish” Deluxe Edition (EMI); 3.5 stars (out of 4) “Siamese Dream” Deluxe Edition (EMI): 4 stars (out of 4) Smashing Pumpkins’ debut, “Gish,” wasn’t the cool, everybody-has-to-hear-it album of 1991. It gave a passing glance to the emerging alternative-rock culture that worshiped Pacific Northwest “grunge,” but it was more in tune with unfashionable ‘70s influences. The Chicago quartet looked mismatched from the start: Singer-guitarist Billy Corgan’s beads and frilly sleeves, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s muscle T-shirts and mullet, the porcelain iciness of bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, the shy inscrutability of...