NEWS: Soundgarden to release 20th Anniversary Edition of Superunknown

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Soundgarden look to have gone all out in marking 20 years since the release of their album Superunknown.They have two deluxe reissue CD sets coming out plus a 200gm vinyl pressing and a special 5×10″ vinyl set for Record Store Day this April.

10-Inch Vinyl Box Set: Due out on April 19 for Record Store Day, this set will include all five Superunknown singles and their associated B-sides with “newly interpreted artwork” by Josh Graham.
2CD Deluxe Edition: Released on June 3, this will include a remastered version of the full album and a second disc that includes 16 demos, rehearsal takes and B-sides.
2LP Vinyl Edition: Also out June 3, this will include the original 16-track album remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a 2LP set with a gatefold jacket.
5CD Super Deluxe Edition: Released on June 3 as well, this includes the original album, a disc of 16 B-sides and bonus tracks, a disc of nine previously unreleased B-sides, a disc of 14 previously unreleased rehearsal tracks and a Blu-Ray featuring a new 5.1 Surround mix of the original album.

CD1: Remastered album
1. “Let Me Drown”
2. “My Wave”
3. “Fell on Black Days”
4. “Mailman”
5. “Superunknown”
6. “Head Down”
7. “Black Hole Sun”
8. “Spoonman”
9. “Limo Wreck”
10. “The Day I Tried to Live”
11. “Kickstand”
12. “Fresh Tendrils”
13. “4th of July”
14. “Half”
15. “Like Suicide”
16. “She Likes Surprises”

CD2: Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More
1. “Let Me Drown” (Demo)^
2. “Black Hole Sun” (Demo)^
3. “Half” (Demo)^
4. “Head Down” (Rehearsal)^
5. “Limo Wreck” (Rehearsal)^
6. “The Day I Tried to Live” (Rehearsal)^
7. “Like Suicide” (Acoustic)
8. “Black Days III”*
9. “Birth Ritual” (Original Demo Version)
10. “Exit Stonehenge”
11. “Kyle Petty, Son of Richard”
12. “Jerry Garcia’s Finger”
13. “Spoonman” (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^
14. “The Day I Tried To Live” (Scott Litt Mix)^
15. “4th of July” (Instrumental)^
16. “Superunknown” (Instrumental)^

Tracklist: Soundgarden, Superunknown: Super Deluxe Edition

CD1: Remastered album
1. “Let Me Drown”
2. “My Wave”
3. “Fell on Black Days”
4. “Mailman”
5. “Superunknown”
6. “Head Down”
7. “Black Hole Sun”
8. “Spoonman”
9. “Limo Wreck”
10. “The Day I Tried to Live”
11. “Kickstand”
12. “Fresh Tendrils”
13. “4th of July”
14. “Half”
15. “Like Suicide”
16. “She Likes Surprises”

CD 2: B-Sides & More
1. “The Day I Tried To Live” (Alternate Mix)^
2. “Spoonman” (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^
3. “Beyond The Wheel” (Live)
4. “Fell On Black Days” (Live)
5. “Birth Ritual” (Original Demo Version)
6. “Jesus Christ Pose” (Live)
7. “Like Suicide” (Acoustic Version)
8. “Kickstand” (Live)
9. “My Wave” (Live)
10. “Spoonman” (Steve Fisk Remix)
11. “Exit Stonehenge”
12. “Kyle Petty, Son of Richard”
13. “Black Days III”*
14. “Ghostmotorfinger”**
15. “Jerry Garcia’s Finger”
16. “Fell On Black Days” (Video Version)

CD3: The Demos (Unreleased)
1. “Let Me Drown” (Demo)
2. “Fell On Black Days” (Demo)
3. “Superunknown” (Demo)
4. “Black Hole Sun” (Demo)
5. “Spoonman” (Demo)
6. “Fresh Tendrils” (Demo)
7. “4th of July” (Demo)
8. “Half” (Demo)
9. “Like Suicide” (Demo)

CD4: The Rehearsals (Unreleased)
1. “Black Hole Sun” (Rehearsal)
2. “Bing Bing Goes To Church” (Rehearsal)
3. “Half” (Instrumental)
4. “Head Down” (Rehearsal)
5. “Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard” (Rehearsal)
6. “Let Me Drown” (Rehearsal)
7. “Limo Wreck” (Rehearsal)
8. “My Wave” (Rehearsal)
9. “Fresh Tendrils” (Rehearsal)
10. “Like Suicide” (Rehearsal)
11. “Ruff Riff-Raff” (Rehearsal)
12. “Spoonman” (Rehearsal)
13. “The Date I Tried To Leave” (Rehearsal)
14. “The Day I Tried To Live” (Rehearsal)

CD5: Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix
1. “Let Me Drown” (5.1 Mix)
2. “My Wave” (5.1 Mix)
3. “Fell On Black Days” (5.1 Mix)
4. “Mailman” (5.1 Mix)
5. “Superunknown” (5.1 Mix)
6. “Head Down” (5.1 Mix)
7. “Black Hole Sun” (5.1 Mix)
8. “Spoonman” (5.1 Mix)
9. “Limo Wreck” (5.1 Mix)
10. “The Day I Tried To Live” (5.1 Mix)
11. “Kickstand” (5.1 Mix)
12. “Fresh Tendrils” (5.1 Mix)
13. “4th Of July” (5.1 Mix)
14. “Half” (5.1 Mix)
15. “Like Suicide” (5.1 Mix)
16. “She Likes Surprises” (Int’l Vers & US 12″) (5.1 Mix)

Tracklist: Superunknown: The Singles – Five 10-Inch Vinyl Set

1. SPOONMAN
“Fresh Tendrils”
“Cold Bitch”
“Exit Stonehenge”

2. THE DAY I TRIED TO LIVE
“Like Suicide” (Acoustic Version)
“Kickstand” (Live)
“Limo Wreck”

3. BLACK HOLE SUN
“Jesus Christ Pose” (Live)
“Beyond The Wheel” (Live)
“Fell On Black Days” (Live)

4. MY WAVE
“Spoonman” (Steve Fisk Remix)
“Birth Ritual” (Original Demo Version)
“My Wave” (Live)

5. FELL ON BLACK DAYS
“Kyle Petty, Son of Richard”
“Ghostmotorfinger”**
“Fell On Black Days” (Video Version)
“Girl U Want”
“Black Days III”*

* Originally titled “Fell On Black Days (Demo – Early Version)”
** Originally titled “Motorcycle Loop (Short Version)”
^ Previously Unreleased

LIVE REVIEW: Soundgarden @ Sydney Entertainment Centre (25/01/12)

Photo | Chris Familton

written by Chris Familton

Arriving at the soulless Entertainment Centre felt like a Delorean trip back to the early 90s with Sydney’s alternative/grunge/rock/metal community out in full force. Faded flannel shirts were scattered through the gathering hordes while the black t-shirt seemed to be the default dress code for the evening. Inside as the melodic hardcore of The Bronx (who had to hightail it up to the Metro to also play as Mariachi El Bronx) faded from the ears and showtime approached the venue was fairly full though they had curtained off the top tier meaning the gig was well short of a sell out.

As lights dimmed and anticipation peaked the quartet appeared and Kim Thayil sent those pealing, scattered guitar notes of Searching With my Good Eye Closed out across the huge expanse of the Entertainment Centre. It felt like hooking up with an old friend as the band fell in behind Thayil and that familiar sonic surge and rumble of Soundgarden kicked into gear. It was good start but over the next few songs the feeling of potential revelation quickly disappeared due to an absolutely dismal sound mix. It was as if the soundman was mixing wet cement with guitars buried deep and murky, Chris Cornell’s vocals battling to rise out of the quicksand and Matt Cameron’s drums totally dominating everything with a loud, dry stadium sound. The greatest frustration was that as the sound-person was no doubt trying to rectify the situation the band were playing some of their greatest songs. Spoonman and particularly Jesus Christ Pose were disappointing to say the least and it wasn’t until after the band eased off the accelerator to play Blow Up The Outside World and Fell On Black Days that things began to slowly improve.

Early on they retreated deep into their catalogue to early metallic dispatches like Hunted Down and Louder Than Love’s Ugly Truth before working their way up to their seminal Badmotorfinger and the one-two punch of Outshined and Rusty Cage, the definitive highlights of the show. It was there that Cornell seemed to be right in the pocket instead of battling to find the space and timing for his still undeniably magnificent rock voice. The extraneous noise that clouded the first part of the set cleared and both songs sounded gloriously dark, anthemic and muscular. Most people would forgive Cornell for losing some of the edge and range of his vocals but for the most part it still soars and cuts through the air like a wailing banshee. There was some use of delay and reverb on his voice but  it didn’t come across as a singing crutch.

Whilst Cornell was the focus for most, the rest of the band are just as crucial to the sound of Soundgarden. Cameron’s playing is impressively tight and precise, anchoring and propelling the rhythm section while bassist Ben Shepherd lurches chaotically, wrestling, abusing and wringing the notes from his instrument – at one point raising his bass above his head and letting it drop seven feet to the stage. Thayil’s playing was a complete contrast with the guitarist generating maximum sonic impact with minimal apparent effort. He was the calm in the eye of the storm while the beasts around him howled at the moon.

As they charged on through a fair chunk of Superunknown tracks like My Wave, The Day I Tried To Live and a superb 4th of July they reminded us how good that album is – so many great songs that suffered in the shadow of the radio friendly Black Hole Sun that tonight was subjected to a turgid and dour delivery.

The encore didn’t suffer from the fact that most of the band’s biggest songs had already been played. Room a Thousand Years Wide was epic in scale and summed up the band’s metal/punk/psych marriage perfectly. A trip all the way back to 1989 with primitive metallic chug of I Awake preceded a gloriously savage take on Slaves & Bulldozers which ended in Thayil and Shepherd coaxing an orchestral tsunami of feedback out of their guitars, signaling that they are still as devoted to noise and dissonance as they are to song-craft. Earlier Cornell had made a point that they would be back later in the year to tour a new album which means that this may have been the last opportunity to hear many of these songs performed live if Soundgarden live up to their promise. Aside from a venue that did its best to distance the band from the audience and some appalling audio issues Soundgarden and their music rose above the distractions and proved they are still a devastating and visceral band who seem to get just as much of a kick out of revisiting their music as their fans do.

this review was first published on FasterLouder

NEWS: Big Day Out 2012 – first announcement…

So you’ve probably already heard – it’s kind of hard to avoid it, but here anyway is the first round of acts for next year’s BDO. Much guessing and wishing was flying around over the last few months about who would headline – Pearl Jam, Prince, Radiohead etc. but so far it looks like the organisers are going with a couple of heavyweights in Soundgarden and Kanye West and a stronger indie feel to the line-up…

AUSTRALIA

  • Soundgarden
  • Kanye West
  • Kasabian
  • My Chemical Romance
  • The Living End
  • Röyksopp
  • Hilltop Hoods
  • Boy and Bear
  • Parkway Drive
  • Mariachi El Bronx
  • Architecture In Helsinki
  • Battles
  • The Jezebels
  • Odd Future
  • Frenzal Rhomb
  • Girl Talk
  • The Getaway Plan
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Foster The People
  • Best Coast

NEW ZEALAND

  • Soundgarden
  • Kanye West
  • Best Coast
  • Foster The People
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Gin Wigmore
  • Girl Talk
  • David Dallas
  • Odd Future
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Battles
  • Cut off your hands
  • Miriachi el bronx
  • Ghost wave
  • Beastwars
  • Royksopp
  • The Living End
  • My Chemical Romance

Friday 20th January – Auckland Mt Smart Stadium
Sunday 22nd January – Gold Coast Parklands
Thursday 26th January – Sydney Showground
Sunday 29th January – Melbourne Flemington Racecourse
Friday 3rd February – Adelaide Showground
Sunday 5th February- Perth Claremont Showground

Tickets On Sale:
Sydney: Wednesday 12th October
Gold Coast: Thursday 13th October
Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth: Friday 14th October

Auckland tickets $160 (Incl GST) + Bf
All Australian tickets $165 (Incl GST) + Bf

NEWS: Soundgarden ‘Telephantasm’ retrospective details…

Soundgarden have released details of their new revenue generating retrospective Telephantasm which is set to hit stores on September 28th. The collection includes the release of a ‘new’ track Black Rain from the Badmotorfinger sessions.

Single Disc Version

01 Hunted Down

02 Hands All Over

03 Outshined

04 Rusty Cage

05 Birth Ritual

06 Black Hole Sun

07 Spoonman

08 My Wave

09 Fell on Black Days

10 Burden in My Hand

11 Blow Up the Outside World

12 Black Rain

Double Disc Edition Version

Disc One

01 All Your Lies

02 Hunted Down

03 Fopp

04 Beyond the Wheel

05 Flower (BBC Session)

06 Hands All Over

07 Big Dumb Sex

08 Get On The Snake (Live)

09 Room a Thousand Years Wide (Single Version)

10 Rusty Cage

11 Outshined

12 Slaves & Bulldozers

Disc Two

01 Jesus Christ Pose (Live)

02 Birth Ritual

03 My Wave

04 Superunknown

05 Spoonman

06 Black Hole Sun

07 Fell on Black Days (Video Version)

08 Burden In My Hand

09 Dusty

10 Pretty Noose (Live on SNL)

11 Blow Up the Outside World (MTV Live ‘N’ Loud)

12 Black Rain

DVD

01 Flower

02 Hands All Over

03 Loud Love

04 Jesus Christ Pose (Original Version)

05 Outshined

06 Rusty Cage

07 My Wave

08 Spoonman

09 The Day I Tried To Live (Uncensored)

10 Black Hole Sun

11 Fell on Black Days

12 Pretty Noose (Uncensored)

13 Burden in My Hand

14 Blow Up the Outside World (Uncensored)

Bonus Videos

01 Spoonman (Mash-up Version)

02 The Day I Tried to Live (European Version)

03 Superunknown

04 Pretty Noose (International Version)

05 Pretty Noose (Alternate Ending)

06 Blow Up the Outside World (Censored)

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NEWS: SOUNDGARDEN to release retrospective Telephantasm…

Fresh from their Chicago club show (see video at end of post) and return to Lollapalooza over the weekend, Soundgarden have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective called Telephantasm on September 28th. In their own words:

It is with great pleasure that we can finally let you all know what we have been working on. On September 28th, we will be releasing a new retrospective called Telephantasm. It includes songs from all of our albums and E.P’s, including “Black Rain”, an unreleased track from the Badmotorfinger sessions. Plus, we are releasing our first ever DVD which will include never before seen video’s, and much more.

Here is the full rundown of what the various packages will contain:

** “Telephantasm” (Single CD):

01. Hunted Down

02. Hands All Over

03. Outshined

04. Rusty Cage

05. Birth Ritual

06. Black Hole Sun

07. Spoonman

08. My Wave

09. Fell On Black Days

10. Burden In My Hand

11. Blow Up The Outside World

12. Black Rain (previously unreleased)

** “Telephantasm” (2-CD/Limited-Edition DVD):

CD – Disc One:

01. All Your Lies

02. Hunted Down

03. Fopp

04. Beyond The Wheel

05. Flower (BBC session)*

06. Hands All Over

07. Big Dumb Sex

08. Get On The Snake (live)

09. Room A Thousand Years Wide (single version)*

10. Rusty Cage

11. Outshined

12. Slaves & Bulldozers

CD – Disc Two:

01. Jesus Christ Pose (live)

02. Birth Ritual

03. My Wave

04. Superunknown

05. Spoonman

06. Black Hole Sun

07. Fell On Black Days (video version)

08. Burden In My Hand

09. Dusty

10. Pretty Noose (live on “SNL”)*

11. Blow Up The Outside World (MTV “Live ‘N’ Loud”)*

12. Black Rain*

*Previously unreleased on CD

DVD – The Music Videos:

01. Flower

02. Hands All Over^

03. Loud Love^

04. Jesus Christ Pose (original version)

05. Outshined

06. Rusty Cage

07. My Wave^

08. Spoonman

09. The Day I Tried To Live (uncensored)^

10. Black Hole Sun^

11. Fell On Black Days^

12. Pretty Noose (uncensored)

13. Burden In My Hand

14. Blow Up The Outside World (uncensored)

Bonus Videos:

01. Spoonman (mash-up version)

02. The Day I Tried To Live (European version)

03. Superunknown^

04. Pretty Noose (international version)

05. Pretty Noose (alternate ending)

06. Blow Up The Outside World (censored)

All videos previously unreleased except ^

** Super Deluxe Version (2 CDs + Limited-Edition DVD + 3 heavy vinyl discs plus more in deluxe packaging)

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VIDEO: The triumphant return of SOUNDGARDEN…

Soundgarden returned to the stage with a warm-up gig under the acronym Nudedragons in Seattle earlier this month. They’ve posted this video up on their site and it reminds how brutal and grinding the band were in their heyday. The modus operandi seems to be about the music as the stage is dark and bare and all members are dressed in black. Cornell‘s voice is still a soaring scream when it needs to be and on this track, Beyond The Wheel, guitarist Kim Thayil is just devastating.

Turn it up, go full screen and enjoy…

NEWS: Audio from SOUNDGARDEN warm-up show…

Soundgarden played their first public show at Seattle’s Showbox on the weekend under the anagram NudeDragons and though the security was apparently tight there were a few determined folk who got some great audio only recordings. Chris Cornell’s voice still hits those high notes and the rest of the band sound pretty fucking great…

UPDATE: check out a review of the show over HERE

NEWS: 3/4 SOUNDGARDEN Reunion gig…

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Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd played a few songs at Seattle’s The Crocodile as part of Tom Morello’s Justice Tour. Tad Doyle (TAD) joined Soundgarden to provide vocals on tracks like Spoonman.

Other artists that participated included Steve Earle, Wayne Kramer and Mark Arm.

More photos can be see here… |||||||||||||

UPDATE: Here’s footage of them performing Spoonman, pity the audio quality of the vocals is so shit...


Doubtful Sounds has been musing on a Soundgarden reunion for a while now. Imagine a world tour featuring Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction !!!!!!