What are the best of the Stone Temple Pilot albums?

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Agreed.

1) Purple
2) Core
3) No. 4
4) Shangri-La-Dee-Da
5) Tiny Music*

*which I gave away, it did nothing for me
 
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Agree that Tiny Music and Purple are the main ones to hear, with No 4 a really strong “in addition.” I think No 4 has the best production/sound, out of them all.

Core is good to see where they started, and has some big hits, but it’s not their strongest.
 
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Tweedy, you should get Tiny Music and see if you like it. I did not.

Core really got the most airplay in Snatti back in the 90s. You will recognize those songs even if the whole album has some weaker conceptual songs, or bedwettings...
 

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They're a classic example of a band who's new album wasn't as good as their last album. So basically, the order of best to worst albums for them, is from first to last. That also gives their catalogue a nice chronological and stylistic flow in that order.

"Core" and "Purple" really stand out as the two best, and are several levels above anything else they produced. "Tiny Music..." is weird, but in a good way. It's kind of fuzzy but poppy. "4" is heavy, sounds pretty dated, and the last album I'd suggest owning from them. There are some good moments on that album, but it's not up to par with what came before it. And what came after, is probably best left alone.

Though, if you really want to get into STP, probably start with their greatest hits album, "Thank You". STP's albums were pretty solid overall, more so than most bands, but that's the easiest way into the band, and still leaves you plenty of other good songs left on the proper albums for you to check out when you're ready. Unlike a band like U2 or GNR, where you pretty much have the hits everyone loves, sandwiched between a bunch of filler that's best forgotten.
 

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I'm a big fan of STP. Of all their records, I like Tiny Music the best but they're all good.

In order:

1. Tiny Music
2. Purple, Shangri-La Dee Da, No. 4 (like them all equally and for different reasons)
3. Core- My least favorite but still pretty good. This one is a bit grungy for me. I prefer the more sophisticated sound they achieved on later records.
 
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They're a classic example of a band who's new album wasn't as good as their last album. So basically, the order of best to worst albums for them, is from first to last. That also gives their catalogue a nice chronological and stylistic flow in that order.

"Core" and "Purple" really stand out as the two best, and are several levels above anything else they produced. "Tiny Music..." is weird, but in a good way. It's kind of fuzzy but poppy. "4" is heavy, sounds pretty dated, and the last album I'd suggest owning from them. There are some good moments on that album, but it's not up to par with what came before it. And what came after, is probably best left alone.

Though, if you really want to get into STP, probably start with their greatest hits album, "Thank You". STP's albums were pretty solid overall, more so than most bands, but that's the easiest way into the band, and still leaves you plenty of other good songs left on the proper albums for you to check out when you're ready. Unlike a band like U2 or GNR, where you pretty much have the hits everyone loves, sandwiched between a bunch of filler that's best forgotten.
I have 4 and Purple... and also another album that has a song called Sour Girl which sounds nothing like STP but was cool song I covered in a band. I might as well just buy the rest and finish out the collection. :dunno
 

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Robert DeLeo is one of the best examples of “the bassist is the loser of the band” stereotypes that are absolutely, and completely - false.

He’s brilliant and the real magic behind those songs which were usually his.
Dean's playing is outstanding, but we should remember that Robert wrote their greatest material.

Listen to this. So much that's unexpected, and yet perfect!


He's not playing on this version, but just listen to how beautifully crafted this song is...

 
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I LOVE Core. Yeah, when it came out it was derided for being a 2nd rate Pearl Jam. But STP is a top notch band in their own right and those songs were fantastic.

I wore Purple out a lot too when it came out.
 


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