In 1994, Stone Temple Pilots were at their peak, on a high off the back of the success of Grammy-winning Core. Despite the success, they never really got the glorification of the other Grunge pioneers like Pearl Jam or Nirvana, until the release of their sophomore set, Purple.
Bassist Robert DeLeo said in an interview with Guitar Player, before the release of Purple; "It's a shame for the press to have opportunity to base our existence on one album. It's not fair to any band, and I'm not worried that 12 songs are the only thing we're going to do. We're all growing as people and musicians -- just give it time and things will branch out."
He was correct. By the time Purple was ready for release, the band were confident that they had improved and were not at all concerned about being labeled as a one-album-wonder. "I'm so confident with the songwriting of the people in this band, the people I play music with, that I'm not going to let any person try to judge me as a person or songwriter, because I know where we're at. I'm not saying we're better than everybody else, but we're a completely different entity than anyone else. I'm satisfied with this album, and I hope that we continue challenging ourselves and progressing as songwriters." said Scott Weiland to RIP Magazine.
The release of Purple cemented 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, a newly remastered, expanded version of Purple with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings has been announced for release on September 13th. Pre-order your copy here.
Purple: Super Deluxe Edition 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.
A limited edition bundle of the Purple: Super Deluxe Edition is now available to pre-order at www.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 US Mainstream Rock chart in 1994.
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