Shangri-La Dee Da

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Shangri-La Dee Da
Studio album by Stone Temple Pilots
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 47:25
Label Atlantic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots chronology
No. 4
(1999)
Shangri-La Dee Da
(2001)
Stone Temple Pilots
(2010)
Singles from Shangri-La Dee Da
  1. "Days of the Week"
    Released: January 1, 2001
  2. "Hollywood B**ch"
    Released: September 3, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [3]
Mojo 3.5/5 stars [1]
NME (6/10) [4]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [1][5]
Q 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [6]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars [7]

Shangri-La Dee Da is the fifth studio album by Stone Temple Pilots. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and released on June 19, 2001, by Atlantic Records.

Overview[edit]

Shangri-La Dee Da was originally planned to be a double album dedicated to the memory of Andrew Wood, but the concept was vetoed by Atlantic Records. While recording the album, the band also worked on a documentary and coffee table book. Neither was released, however, and limited footage was made available through the band's official website in the form of live performance-based music videos. Shangri-La Dee Da, although being certified Gold by the RIAA and the CRIA, was a commercial disappointment for the band after the success of their first four albums.

Planned double album[edit]

In late 2000, lead singer Scott Weiland said that the band planned to record a double album. Shortly after work got underway, bassist Robert DeLeo said that goal looked realistic, stating:

"Scott's in a space right now where we're not cramming to just get a single record done — he's in a space where I think a double record is possible."

The band's label, Atlantic, was hesitant about the idea and the band eventually conceded.

Documentary and coffee table book[edit]

Chapman Baehler filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary as the band recorded the LP in their beach villa-turned-recording studio. According to Baehler, the documentary set out to be like a modern-day version of the 1970 Beatles documentary Let It Be. The film follows the band through preproduction and hammering out new songs to putting the tunes down on tape. Baehler explained that the documentary included beautiful and moody shots with either Dean or Robert playing an old organ in a secluded wing of the villa, Robert and Scott playing "Wonderful" acoustically, and some "totally awesome rock-out live stuff" in the main recording space.

An established rock photographer who had shot STP for years, Baehler was already working with the band on a coffee-table book when they approached him about the documentary. The project was Baehler's first venture into filmmaking; all of the footage was shot by him and his sister, Rebecca Baehler. The film and the book were planned for release in late 2001.[8]

Live Performances[edit]

Most of the album's songs were seldom performed live, with the album's most successful song "Days of the Week" only being performed at a handful of dates on the supporting tour for the album. However, the album's second single "Hollywood Bitch" has become a staple of the band's live set ever since their 2008 reunion. In 2011, the song "Black Again" was added to STP's set list and was performed for the majority of the tour. "Bi-Polar Bear" was also performed occasionally after the band reunited.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dumb Love"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 2:52
2. "Days of the Week"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 2:35
3. "Coma"   Weiland, D. DeLeo, R. DeLeo 3:41
4. "Hollywood Bitch"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 2:44
5. "Wonderful"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 3:47
6. "Black Again"   Weiland, D. DeLeo, R. DeLeo 3:27
7. "Hello It's Late"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 4:22
8. "Too Cool Queenie"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 2:47
9. "Regeneration"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 3:55
10. "Bi-Polar Bear"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 5:04
11. "Transmissions From a Lonely Room"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 3:15
12. "A Song for Sleeping"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 4:15
13. "Long Way Home"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 4:33
Total length:
47:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Scott Weiland – vocals, keyboards (tracks 2,8,9)
  • Dean DeLeo – guitars
  • Robert DeLeo – bass, percussion (tracks 4,5, 7), guitar (tracks 4,5), acoustic guitar (tracks 5,7,12), keyboards (tracks 5,7), piano (track 6), autoharp (track 10), electric sitar (track 11)
  • Eric Kretz – drums, percussion (tracks 4,9,10,12), keyboards (track 5), banjo (track 10)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Brendan O'Brien – producer, mixing, keyboards (tracks 2,6,7,10), percussion (tracks 2,4,8,11)
  • Nick DiDia – recording engineer
  • Doug Grean – engineer
  • Billy Bowers – engineer
  • Karl Egsieker – recording, mixing
  • Ryan Williams – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Erin Haley, Cheryl Mondello – production coordinators
  • Gregory Sylvester – art direction
  • Chapman Baehler – art direction, photography

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 9
Top Canadian Albums 5
Top Internet Albums 6

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Days of the Week" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Modern Rock Tracks 5
"Hollywood Bitch" Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
Modern Rock Tracks 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Reviews for Shangri-La Dee Da". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ Shangri-La Dee Da at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Shangri-LA Dee Da Review". Entertainment Weekly. June 22, 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  4. ^ Segal, Victoria (2001-08-13). "Album Reviews - Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee Da". NME. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  5. ^ Koba, Kirsten (2001-06-18). "Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri La Dee Da". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (2001-06-11). "Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri-La Dee Da : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  7. ^ Jennings, Dave (2001-08-06). "Stone Temple Pilots - 'Shangri-La Dee Da'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 2004-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  8. ^ Teri vanHorn (April 5, 2001). "Stone Temple Pilots Finish Recording, Preparing Documentary". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stone Temple Pilots – Shangri-La Dee Da". Music Canada. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Stone Temple Pilots – Shangri-La Dee Da". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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