Smashing Pumpkins release long lost 1998 Puff Daddy remix of 'Ava Adore'

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'We must never be apart,' Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan sings in the refrain of the band's 1998 hit 'Ava Adore.' But Pumpkins fans had long been kept apart from an oft-rumored about remix of that very tune done by none other than Puff Daddy (as the hip-hop mogul was known then) back in 1998.

Until this week.

The Smashing Pumpkins finally unearthed the lost remix on Thursday, unveiling it on Rolling Stone's website. The track will be formally released on September 23 when the band reissues a 'super deluxe edition' of its fourth album, 'Adore,' Rolling Stone reports.

According to Consequence of Sound, Billy Corgan hired Diddy to come in and remix the album's flagship tune. Diddy also remixed 'Perfect', which leaked online a few years ago. But the Pumpkins managed to keep the 'Ava Adore' remix under wraps for 16 years.

Diddy's changes to the original were significant, Consequence of Sound notes. 'Diddy chose to gut the track entirely, layering Corgan's angsty croon over lush strings and jangly percussion.'

Listen to the newly released version of the song below and compare it with the original beneath that. In some ways the remixed version exudes a more haunting ambiance than the original.

The collaboration with the Pumpkins was hardly Diddy's first foray into the rock genre. His remix with Sting of 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police is top-notch. And, as Slate points out, he'd previously collaborated with Dave Grohl and Rob Zombie and also worked with guitar gods Jimmy Page and Tom Morello on a remix of Led Zeppelin's iconic 'Kashmir' titled 'Come With Me' that appeared on the 'Godzilla' soundtrack.

Let us know in the comments which version of 'Ava Adore' you prefer.

1998 version remixed by Puff Daddy:

1998 original studio recording:

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