The Purple Tape

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like the Pixies before her, Lisa Loeb had an early demo dubbed "The Purple Tape" that circulated before she hit the big time -- and, like that Boston quartet, Loeb's Purple Tape was instrumental in getting her big-time exposure. Self-released as a cassette in 1992, The Purple Tape was a collection of ten original tunes by Loeb, all featuring no more than just her and her acoustic guitar. This is the tape that wound up in Ben Stiller's hands, which of course led to Loeb's "Stay" being the key song in his 1994 comedy Reality Bites, which in turn made Loeb the first unsigned artist ever to top the Billboard charts. "Stay" is not among the ten songs on The Purple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like the Pixies before her, Lisa Loeb had an early demo dubbed "The Purple Tape" that circulated before she hit the big time -- and, like that Boston quartet, Loeb's Purple Tape was instrumental in getting her big-time exposure. Self-released as a cassette in 1992, The Purple Tape was a collection of ten original tunes by Loeb, all featuring no more than just her and her acoustic guitar. This is the tape that wound up in Ben Stiller's hands, which of course led to Loeb's "Stay" being the key song in his 1994 comedy Reality Bites, which in turn made Loeb the first unsigned artist ever to top the Billboard charts. "Stay" is not among the ten songs on The Purple Tape, which finally saw a CD reissue in 2008 where it was paired with an interview disc, but the songs here certainly share the sweet melodiousness and emotional vulnerability of her breakthrough hit -- and they're also simple and unadorned, lacking the big-budget productions that made Tails and Firecracker sometimes seem over-inflated. That's certainly not the case here. This is as simple as it gets, sounding exactly like what it is: a collection of endearingly open songs from a young coffeehouse singer who sometimes tries too had and stumbles, but that awkwardness just makes you root for her all the more. Really, of all the music Loeb has yet made, this Purple Tape comes the closest to delivering an album of songs similar to "Stay" -- this is intimate, ingratiating music and it's hard not to see why Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller got a crush on Lisa based on this tape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Furious Rose Prod
  • UPC: 634457196223
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 99,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snow Day (3:33)
  2. 2 Train Songs (3:19)
  3. 3 Hurricane (3:50)
  4. 4 Come Back Home (3:38)
  5. 5 It's Over (3:37)
  6. 6 This (3:02)
  7. 7 Days Were Different (3:28)
  8. 8 Guessing Game (2:21)
  9. 9 Do You Sleep (3:40)
  10. 10 Airplanes (2:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Purple Tape: Introduction & History (2:33)
  2. 2 Early Days in NYC (1:03)
  3. 3 Liz and Lisa (1:17)
  4. 4 Why the Purple Tape? (0:57)
  5. 5 Gigging in NYC (1:53)
  6. 6 Nine Stories (0:37)
  7. 7 Marketing & The Music Business (3:09)
  8. 8 Recording the Purple Tape (3:26)
  9. 9 The Purple Tape Artwork (1:53)
  10. 10 Songwriting (1:52)
  11. 11 "Snow Day" (4:48)
  12. 12 "Train Songs" (3:49)
  13. 13 "Hurricane" (3:19)
  14. 14 "Come Back Home" (3:10)
  15. 15 "It's Over" (3:59)
  16. 16 "This" (4:02)
  17. 17 "Days Were Different" (1:20)
  18. 18 "Guessing Game" (2:43)
  19. 19 "Do You Sleep" (4:05)
  20. 20 "Airplanes" (2:37)
  21. 21 Bringing the Past to the Present (1:41)
  22. 22 Live In-Studio "Snow Day" (4:04)
  23. 23 Acoustic "Stay (I Missed You) " (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Loeb Primary Artist, Interviewee
Technical Credits
Lisa Loeb Composer
Bryce Goggin Mastering
Juan Patino Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Bill Merryfield Redesign
Chris Athens Remastering
Anthony Bagliani Art Direction
Andy Denemark Interviewer
Dan Mackenzie Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    A Must for any Lisa Fan

    This CD set is a must for any Lisa Loeb fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lisa before her big break

    It's finally here!!! The Purple Tape in all it's Pre-Tails glory. This re-release has been a work in progress for quite some time and it has finally arrived. This CD is a must-have for all Lisa Loeb fans, with all 10 tracks from the actual demo tape Lisa did in 1992. Tracks include early versions of "Snow Day," "Hurricane," and "This," as well as songs specific to the tape like "Come Back Home" and my personal favorite "Train Songs." But the best part about the release is the second disc which contains 60 minutes of interviews and live performances by Lisa. It's great to get insight into this time in her musical career. This is a great way for Lisa fans to bring in the new year, which looks to be promising for Lisa: she has a new kid's record and a new full-length LP coming out later this year as well!

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