Saturday, June 17, 2006

Stone Temple Pilots: Unplugged 11-17-1993

Ah, STP. I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there ready to criticize these guys for similarity to their more-talented contemporaries or for a derivative sound. One way or another, who cares? They wrote some very good songs and their second album, Purple, is one of the better pop-rock records of the 90s. This Unplugged set took place after their first album blew up, perhaps a bit too soon in their careers for some (early big fame = lots of cries of "sellout!"), but it is still indicative of the group's considerable musicianship. Bassist Robert DeLeo may be one of the most underrated rock bassists of the 90s. I found it interesting that they chose to try different versions of some of their songs, notably "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing".

Officially, the band did record the song "Sin" at the performance. However, according to this site:
...we got in contact with a reliable source who worked for MTV and had access to the archives. But guess what? Sin wasn't on the tapes there. Big Empty was there, so was Andy Warhol, the other song edited from the original broadcast.

After some more research we were told that there were DAT errors with the audio recording of Sin. This was only discovered after the show, and so the band didn't do a second take or something like that.
Here's the full set, minus "Sin", along with a bonus acoustic version of "Pretty Penny" which was included in the ZIP file I obtained of the set.

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Stone Temple Pilots: Unplugged 11-17-1993
Sony Music Studios, New York

Andy Warhol (David Bowie cover)
Big Empty
No Memory/Sin
Wicked Garden
Sex Type Thing

Bonus: Pretty Penny
PS Most of you know about STP singer Scott Weiland's current exploits in Velvet Revolver, but you may not have heard about the brothers DeLeo's new outfit, Army Of Anyone, with Filter singer Richard Patrick.

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Blogger Jay said...

Dude, I would love to get a copy of this. I just bought my VR ticket for the show here next month. Pretty stoked!

September 06, 2007 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello guy, all right?
I would like, if possible, that this link be updated. Wanted to years this bootleg. I collect MTV Unpluggeds, if any, which is demand, will be happy to assist you.

February 18, 2008 4:10 PM  

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