When STONE TEMPLE PILOTS returned to the studio in 1994 to record the band's second album, the quartet was facing the high expectations set by its debut "Core" (1992), which sold more than eight million copies and earned a Grammy Award. The release of "Purple" on June 7, 1994 would cement their place as one of the definitive bands of their generation as the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart on its way to selling more than six million copies.
Today — on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the album's debut — Rhino announces the upcoming release of a newly remastered version of "Purple" that is expanded with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings.
"Purple: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on September 13 for $64.98. The 3-CD/1-LP set includes a newly remastered version of the original studio album on both CD and vinyl, plus unreleased versions of album tracks and rarities, along with an unreleased full concert recording from 1994. On the same day, the music will be made available both digitally and as a 2-CD Deluxe Edition. The previously unreleased acoustic version of "Big Empty" is now available digitally. Listen via YouTube below.
A limited-edition bundle of the "Purple: Super Deluxe Edition" is now available to pre-order at stonetemplepilots.com which includes a bonus replica seven-inch vinyl single of "Interstate Love Song" that was originally released in the U.K. in 1994. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies.
Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz recorded most of "Purple" in Atlanta with producer Brendan O'Brien. The album features some of the group's most iconic tracks, including "Interstate Love Song" and "Vasoline" — which both topped the Mainstream Rock chart in 1994.
"Purple: Super Deluxe Edition" explores the making of the album with a mix of unreleased music that includes demos ("Unglued" and "Army Ants") and early versions of album tracks ("Meat Plow" and "Interstate Love Song"), plus acoustic recordings ("Big Empty"). The collection also features three unreleased live performances from the 1994 KROQ Acoustic Christmas show, including a version of "Christmastime Is Here" from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Perhaps the biggest surprise of the new collection, however, is STP's previously unreleased demo of "She Knows Me Too Well", a song the BEACH BOYS originally recorded in 1965.
"Purple: Super Deluxe Edition" closes with a previously unreleased recording of the band's August 23, 1994 concert in New Haven, Connecticut. The electrifying 17-song performance captures the band in top form with both electric and acoustic sets, featuring 10 songs from "Purple" along with hits from "Core" ("Plush" and "Sex Type Thing") and covers (David Bowie's "Andy Warhol" and Woody Guthrie's "Gypsy Davy").
"Purple: Super Deluxe Edition"
3CD/1LP track listing
Disc One: Purple 2019 Remaster
01. Meat Plow
03. Lounge Fly
04. Interstate Love Song
05. Still Remains
06. Pretty Penny
07. Silvergun Superman
08. Big Empty
10. Army Ants
11. Kitchenware & Candybars
Disc Two: Early Versions, Demos & Acoustic
01. Meat Plow – Early Version *
02. Interstate Love Song – Early Version *
03. Big Empty – Acoustic Version *
04. Unglued – Demo *
05. Army Ants – Demo *
06. Kitchenware & Candybars – Demo *
07. Dancing Days
08. She Knows Me Too Well – Demo *
09. Interstate Love Song – Acoustic Version * (Live At KROQ Acoustic Christmas 1994)
10. Pretty Penny – Acoustic Version *
11. Kitchenware & Candybars – Acoustic Version *
12. Christmastime Is Here – Acoustic Version *
Disc Three: Live at New Haven Vererans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT, August 23, 1994
01. Vasoline *
02. Silvergun Superman *
03. Crackerman *
04. Lounge Fly *
05. Meat Plow *
06. Still Remains *
07. Gypsy Davy *
08. Pretty Penny *
09. Creep *
10. Andy Warhol *
11. Army Ants *
12. Big Empty *
13. Interstate Love Song *
14. Plush *
15. Unglued *
16. Dead & Bloated *
17. Sex Type Thing *
* previously unreleased
Bonus "Interstate Love Song 7-inch
01. Interstate Love Song
01. Lounge Fly
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and RIVAL SONS will embark on their first ever co-headlining U.S. tour this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the exclusive 12-city outing will begin September 13 in Baltimore and see the two bands performing on intimate stages across the states including The Met Philadelphia, Ford Amphitheater in New York City, The Fillmore New Orleans and more, before wrapping October 9 in San Diego.