Published Sep 11, 2018While Billy Corgan has recently used his Instagram Q&A's to stoke a beef with Smash Mouth, his latest answers have now revealed plans to reissue the Smashing Pumpkins' pair of Machina albums.
NME reports that Corgan told a fan that both Machina/The Machines of God and Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music would be reissued as a box set, "released together as originally conceived."
The band first released Machina in February 2000 through Virgin. They followed that with sequel album Machina II, released independently in September that same year.
Machina has remained long out of print, with vinyl pressings clearing prices of $200 CAD on resale sites such as Discogs.
Machina II is exceedingly rare. Only 25 physical copies of the album were pressed to vinyl and released through Corgan's own Constantinople Records, while listeners were free to distribute digital transfers of the discs online.
While Corgan gave no timeline as to when listeners could expect the box set reissue, plans to release remastered, expanded editions of the albums were previously floated in 2011.
Smashing Pumpkins last reissued a remastered version of 1998's Adore in 2014. The band recently wrapped up their "Shiny and Oh So Bright" reunion tour of North America.