I really was convinced that I had all the Stone Temple Pilots (STP) I needed until I discovered this vinyl was available on Discogs. I’d like to think I have quite an expansive STP collection – first on CD, but more recently on vinyl. However, a few months back I set myself the challenge on retrograding (not sure if this is a real word, I use it a lot, however) all my STP to vinyl, BUT – just to make things interesting, in coloured vinyl or picture disk format. With Discogs and a few moments of internal conflict over “…did I really want to get a numbered, transparent Music On Vinyl re-release?” I just bit the bullet and begin the ordering process.
So, I thought I had them all – and having seen STP in concert twice and enjoyed their acoustic sets I was “aware” of the MTV release, but had never really pursued this – mainly because I thought this was only available in CD format. I have to say my main concern with this vinyl was that it was unofficial. I’m still not 100% sure if this means Bootleg, but after investing in a (The) Cult bootleg LP a few years ago (and regretting it) I just expected the quality to be poor and to be disappointed. This was obviously prior to the internet and Discogs reviewers.
This was “released” by VINYLOGY a Russian website/company. The reviews said great sound quality, but many had a problem with the “gaps” between tracks … I’m guessing because this was dubbed directly from the CD? So as a borderline diehard STP fan, I took the calculated risk and ordered. It arrived, and apart from the slight split in the cover (caused by the motion of the record inside the cover) was in great condition. I often request Discog’s Sellers remove the vinyl from the sleeve/cover prior to shipping to avoid this, but this was a sealed LP and didn’t seem like the right thing to do. I have no idea why I think that.
There are a couple of differences from the CD release. “No Memory/Sin” is missing, but it does include “Vasoline” which includes the note (BONUS 1994). I’m cool with that. A big fan of the song Vasoline, as ‘Core‘ remains my favourite STP album.
So. To conclude, another solid STP purchase! Again, I’m not sure if this is an illegal bootleg of the original MTV release, but I really enjoy hearing it on vinyl and I’m very glad I (finally) purchased it.
If you’d like to know more about this album, have a quick read of this Wikipedia page, which you may have to translate from Italian, but thankfully the Chrome browser will do this for you.