Group releases “Big Empty (Acoustic Version)” from Super Deluxe Edition
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 No. 1 on the Billboard album chart on its way to selling more than six million copies.
Today (Thurs, June 6th) – 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 13th. 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.
A limited edition bundle of the Purple: Super Deluxe Edition is now available to pre-order at stonetemplepilots.com which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of “Interstate Love Song” that was originally released in the UK 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 ten 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”).
Stone Temple Pilots will launch a co-headlining U.S. tour with Rival Sons on September 13th in Baltimore that will see the two bands performing on intimate stages including The Met Philadelphia, Ford Amphitheater in New York City, The Fillmore New Orleans and more, before wrapping October 9th in San Diego.
CD 1: Purple 2019 Remaster
1. Meat Plow
3. Lounge Fly
4. Interstate Love Song
5. Still Remains
6. Pretty Penny
7. Silvergun Superman
8. Big Empty
10. Army Ants
11. Kitchenware & Candybars
CD 2: Early Versions, Demos & Acoustic
1. Meat Plow – Early Version*
2. Interstate Love Song – Early Version*
3. Big Empty – Acoustic Version*
4. Unglued – Demo*
5. Army Ants – Demo*
6. Kitchenware & Candybars – Demo*
7. Dancing Days
8. She Knows Me Too Well – Demo*
9. Interstate Love Song – Acoustic Version*
10. Pretty Penny – Acoustic Version* [Live At KROQ Acoustic Christmas 1994]
11. Kitchenware & Candybars – Acoustic Version* [Live At KROQ Acoustic Christmas 1994]
12. Christmastime Is Here – Acoustic Version* [Live At KROQ Acoustic Christmas 1994]
CD 3: Live at New Haven Vererans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT, August 23, 1994
2. Silvergun Superman*
4. Lounge Fly*
5. Meat Plow*
6. “Still Remains*
7. Gypsy Davy*
8. “Pretty Penny*
10. Andy Warhol*
11. Army Ants*
12. “Big Empty*
13. Interstate Love Song*
16. Dead & Bloated*
17. Sex Type Thing*
* previously unreleased
Author: Buddy Iahn
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