Stone Temple Pilots are planning a deluxe reissue of their second album, Purple, which was released 25 years ago today.
The “sophomore slump” is something of a cliche, but like most cliches, it’s a real concern for bands who explode out of the gate on their debut albums. Clearly, though, this wasn’t an issue for Stone Temple Pilots, whose second album, Purple, released on June 7, 1994, sold more than eight million albums and dominated radio for years after that (and those songs still sound great on our airwaves today).
The band is releasing a 3 CD super deluxe version of the album on September 13 that will include the original album, plus a disc of rarities, and a full concert recording from New Haven, Connecticut, recorded on August 23, 1994, which included a cover of David Bowie’s “Andy Warhol.” There will also be a 2 CD deluxe version. Among the extra tracks is a new acoustic version of “Big Empty” hear it here. Other rarities include demos of “Unglued” and “Army Ant,s” early versions of “Meat Plow” and “Interstate Love Song,” an acoustic cover of “Christmastime Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas and a cover of the Beach Boys’ rarity “She Knows Me Too Well.”
Meanwhile, Stone Temple Pilots are planning their next tour, with Rival Sons opening. Get details on the September 19th show in Philly here.