Stone Temple Pilots Dust Off 'Tiny Music' for Expanded 25th Anniversary Reissue
Hear a newly shared alternate version of "Big Bang Baby"
Published Mar 25, 2021Stone Temple Pilots are once again giving us a fancy deluxe edition of their beloved early work. This time, it's a 25th anniversary edition of their 1996 album Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.
The album — which was the third from STP — will be arriving as a newly reimagined three-disc/one-LP deluxe edition on July 23.
The reissue package will feature a remastered version of the original album, a disc of alternate versions and previously unheard mixes, and a live album captured at the Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, FL, on March 14, 1997.
While the album was pretty divisive upon release, it's ended up being a favourite for many STP fans. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Westerly Ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, and it gave us now-classics like "Big Bang Baby," "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" and "Lady Picture Show."
"Coming into our third album, we knew we wanted to get into uncharted waters as a band, and not just make an album that was a continuation of the first two, but really experiment with a homegrown mentality," STP drummer Eric Kretz told Rolling Stone. "Deciding to record in a house instead of a proper studio was our collective first choice. Once we started recording, we tried different songs and different overdubs in every nook and cranny the house had to offer."
The band's Dean DeLeo added, "Re-listening to this album brought back some beautiful memories of all of us living, writing, and recording the record in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. And of course, every time I revisit this stuff I miss Scott."
Down below, you can hear an alternate version of "Big Bang Baby" from the reissue, as well as check out the sprawling tracklist.
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop 25th Anniversary Reissue:
Disc One: Original Album 2021 Remaster:
1. Press Play
2. Pop's Love Suicide
3. Tumble In The Rough
4. Big Bang Baby
5. Lady Picture Show
6. And So I Know
7. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
8. Art School Girl
10. Ride The Cliche
12. Seven Caged Tigers
Disc Two: Early Versions, Instrumentals, & Alternate Mixes:
1. Press Play (Full-Length Version)
2. Pop's Love Suicide (Early Version)
3. Tumble In The Rough (Early Version)
4. Big Bang Baby (Early Version)
5. Lady Picture Show (Early Version)
6. And So I Know (Early Version)
7. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart (Early Version)
8. 5 Or 4 Times (Art School Girl) (Early Version)
9. Adhesive (Instrumental)
10. Ride The Cliche (Instrumental)
11. Seven Caged Tigers (Early Version)
12. Big Bang Baby (Alternate Version)
13. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart (Percussion Mix)
14. Art School Girl (Jaw Harp Version)
15. Kretz's Acoustic Song
Disc Three: Live at Club La Vela, Panama City Beach, FL (3/14/97):
3. Tumble In The Rough
5. Wicked Garden
6. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
8. Big Empty
09. Interstate Love Song
10. Lady Picture Show
12. Big Bang Baby
13. Dead & Bloated
14. Sex Type Thing