3-CD/1-LP Super Deluxe Edition Of Tiny Music… Is Out Today In Celebration Of The Album’s 25th Anniversary With Unreleased Early Takes, Alternate Versions, And A Full Concert From 1997

Stone Temple Pilots have released a new music video for their classic track “And So I Know” in celebration of today’s release of the Super Deluxe Edition of Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop. The new video features intimate, unseen Hi8 video footage filmed by the band themselves during the album’s recording sessions at a ranch house in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. The 25,000-square-foot house became a muse for STP, who recorded in different rooms – from the attic to the garden – and used the expansive space to experiment with new sounds.

Released on March 26, 1996, Tiny Music… is a pitch-perfect amalgamation of the musical personalities of band members Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz. The double-platinum album would yield three #1 hits – “Big Bang Baby,” “Lady Picture Show,” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.” The 3-CD/1-LP  Super Deluxe Edition, available today from Rhino, includes a newly remastered version of the original studio album on both CD and vinyl, plus unreleased versions of early versions, instrumentals, and alternate takes along with a complete concert recording from 1997. 2-CD Deluxe and 1-CD versions are also available today.  

Along with a newly remastered version of the original album, both Deluxe Editions feature 15 unreleased tracks that pull back the curtain on the creative process. Those include early versions of nearly every song on the album with nacent incarnations of “Tumble In The Rough,” “Pop’s Love Suicide” and “Seven Caged Tigers.” The selections also feature an alternate take for “Big Bang Baby,” and a percussion mix of “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.” There’s also instrumentals for “Ride The Cliché” and “Adhesive,” plus the unreleased “Kretz’s Acoustic Song.”

An exclusive feature of the Super Deluxe Edition is a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s March 14, 1997 concert in Panama City Beach, Florida. STP is dialed in from start to finish, delivering blistering takes of songs from the new album (“Tumble In The Rough” and “Big Bang Baby”), as well as hits from their earlier records (“Vasoline,” “Plush” and “Interstate Love Song.”) The original five-song broadcast that aired on MTV was recently premiered on the band’s YouTube channel.


3-CD/1-LP Track Listing

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”
  9. “Adhesive”
  10. “Ride The Cliché”
  11. “Daisy”
  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 Cliché” – 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)

  1. “Crackerman” *
  2. “Meatplow” *
  3. “Tumble In The Rough” *
  4. “Vasoline” *
  5. “Wicked Garden” *
  6. “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” *
  7. “Plush” *
  8. “Big Empty” *
  9. “Interstate Love Song” *
  10. “Lady Picture Show” *
  11. “Unglued” *
  12. “Big Bang Baby” *
  13. “Dead & Bloated” *
  14. “Sex Type Thing” *

* previously unreleased

Bonus “Big Bang Baby” 7-inch

Included with preorder, limited edition of 1,000 units

Side 1

“Big Bang Baby”

Side 2


Blu-ray Review "The Sessions"

Actors: John Hawkes, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks
Director: Ben Lewin
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Before watching this film I knew little about it but was drawn to it by the cast.  John Hawkes and Helen Hunt give some of the best performances of the year with this little indie gem.  It is funny, yet at the same time very serious and dramatic as well.  I was just drawn to the chemistry between the two and the story was just magnetic.  Helen Hunt really gives herself to this role…completely, let’s just say.  So if you are a fan of hers get ready to see all of her.  The real shocker is where did Ben Lewin, the director, come from and how can we get him to do more?

Official Premise: Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.

Fox released this film with a Blu-ray + Ultraviolet Digital Copy. I am surprised that there is no DVD included also but I guess they are trying to steer away from standard definition. For a little indie pic to come out of nowhere, this 1080p transfer looks absolutely flawless and the same goes for the audio. The film is very low-key and dialogue-driven, nonetheless the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track really shines, especially with Marco Beltrami’s amazing score.

The special features are decent but run a little too short. There are two brief deleted scenes, fun but correctly removed. “Writer/Director Ben Lewin Finds Inspiration” is a brief chat about the film’s origin. “John Hawkes Becomes Mark O’Brien” features the lead actor talking about his transformation in character. “Helen Hunt as the Sex Surrogate” is the same thing but for her character. “A Session with the Cast” is a short interview with the cast. “The Women Who Loved Mark O’Brien” features the female actors talking about their relations to Mark. Lastly there is a theatrical trailer included.

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Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, THE SESSIONS tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined–at age 38–to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

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Director: Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Writers: Ben Lewin
In theaters: October 26th, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Fox Searchlight Pictures


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