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Superunknown (Deluxe Edition - 4CD) (Super Deluxe)

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Soundgarden's finest hour, Superunknown is a sprawling, 70-minute magnum opus that pushes beyond any previous boundaries. Soundgarden had always loved replicating Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath riffs, but Superunknown's debt is more to mid-period Zep's layered arrangements and sweeping epics. Their earlier punk influences are rarely detectable, replaced by surprisingly effective appropriations of pop and psychedelia. Badmotorfinger boasted more than its fair share of indelible riffs, but here the main hooks reside mostly in Chris Cornell's vocals; accordingly, he's mixed right up front, floating over the band instead of cutting through it. The rest of the production is just as crisp, with the band achieving a huge, robust sound that makes even the heaviest songs sound deceptively bright. But the most important reason Superunknown is such a rich listen is twofold: the band's embrace of psychedelia, and their rapidly progressing mastery of songcraft. Soundgarden had always been a little mind-bending, but the full-on experiments with psychedelia give them a much wider sonic palette, paving the way for less metallic sounds and instruments, more detailed arrangements, and a bridge into pop (which made the eerie ballad "Black Hole Sun" an inescapable hit). That blossoming melodic skill is apparent on most of the record, not just the poppier songs and Cornell-penned hits; though a couple of drummer Matt Cameron's contributions are pretty undistinguished, they're easy to overlook, given the overall consistency. The focused songwriting allows the band to stretch material out for grander effect, without sinking into the pointlessly drawn-out muck that cluttered their early records. The dissonance and odd time signatures are still in force, though not as jarring or immediately obvious, which means that the album reveals more subtleties with each listen. It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Let Me Drown
00:03:52

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

2
My Wave
00:05:12

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Fell On Black Days (Album Version)
00:04:42

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Jason Casaro, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Polydor, a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Mailman
00:04:26

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

5
Superunknown
00:05:06

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

6
Head Down
00:06:09

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

7
Black Hole Sun (Album Version)
00:05:18

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Corsaro, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc

8
Spoonman
00:04:06

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Christopher Cornell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 A&M Records, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
Limo Wreck
00:05:47

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

10
The Day I Tried To Live (Album Version)
00:05:20

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Jason Casaro, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records, mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Polydor, a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
Kickstand
00:01:33

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

12
Fresh Tendrils
00:04:16

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

13
4th Of July
00:05:08

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

14
Half
00:02:14

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

15
Like Suicide (Album Version)
00:07:04

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

16
She Likes Surprises
00:03:17

Brendan O'Brien, Producer - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Alex Reed, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

DISC 2

1
The Day I Tried To Live (Alternate Mix)
00:05:26

SCOTT LITT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

2
Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)
00:05:21

Steve Fisk, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Christopher Cornell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

3
Beyond The Wheel (Live At Exibition Stadium, Toronto / 1993)
00:05:49

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

4
Fell On Black Days (Live At Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI / 1993)
00:04:51

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

5
Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version)
00:05:50

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

6
Jesus Christ Pose (Live At Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD / 1993)
00:07:09

Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

7
Like Suicide (Acoustic Version)
00:06:12

Chris Cornell, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

8
Kickstand (Live At Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY / 1993)
00:01:59

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

9
My Wave (Live At Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY / 1993)
00:04:28

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

10
Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
00:06:57

Steve Fisk, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Christopher Cornell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

11
Exit Stonehenge
00:01:21

Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Ben Shepherd, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - KIM THAYIL, ComposerLyricist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

12
Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard
00:04:06

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, Author - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Kim A. Thayil, Composer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

13
Black Days III
00:04:02

Brendan O'Brien, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

14
Ghostmotorfinger
00:01:32

Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist - KIM THAYIL, Composer - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

15
Jerry Garcia's Finger
00:03:24

Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gerry Amandes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 A&M Records

16
Fell On Black Days (Video Version)
00:05:27

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Michael Beinhorn, Producer - Soundgarden, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1995 A&M Records

DISC 3

1
Let Me Drown (Demo Version)
00:04:10

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

2
Fell On Black Days (Demo Version)
00:04:54

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 1994 A&M Records

3
Superunknown (Demo Version)
00:05:37

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

4
Black Hole Sun (Demo Version)
00:05:38

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

5
Spoonman (Demo Version)
00:03:37

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Christopher Cornell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

6
Fresh Tendrils (Demo Version)
00:03:47

Matt Cameron, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

7
4th Of July (Demo Version)
00:05:06

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

8
Half (Demo Version)
00:01:37

Ben Shepherd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

9
Like Suicide (Demo Version)
00:09:10

Chris Cornell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

DISC 4

1
Black Hole Sun (Rehearsal Version)
00:05:46

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

2
Bing Bing Goes To Church (Rehearsal Version)
00:02:05

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

3
Half (Instrumentally) (Rehearsal Version)
00:03:41

Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

4
Head Down (Rehearsal Version)
00:05:26

Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hunter B Shepherd, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 A&M Records

5
Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard (Rehearsal Version)
00:03:29

Chris Cornell, Author - Kim A. Thayil, Composer - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

6
Let Me Drown (Rehearsal Version)
00:03:54

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

7
Limo Wreck (Rehearsal Version)
00:05:42

Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

8
My Wave (Rehearsal Version)
00:04:35

Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Kim A. Thayil, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

9
Fresh Tendrils (Rehearsal Version)
00:04:19

Matt Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Cornell, ComposerLyricist - Soundgarden, MainArtist - Stuart Hallerman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 A&M Records

Album Description

Soundgarden's finest hour, Superunknown is a sprawling, 70-minute magnum opus that pushes beyond any previous boundaries. Soundgarden had always loved replicating Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath riffs, but Superunknown's debt is more to mid-period Zep's layered arrangements and sweeping epics. Their earlier punk influences are rarely detectable, replaced by surprisingly effective appropriations of pop and psychedelia. Badmotorfinger boasted more than its fair share of indelible riffs, but here the main hooks reside mostly in Chris Cornell's vocals; accordingly, he's mixed right up front, floating over the band instead of cutting through it. The rest of the production is just as crisp, with the band achieving a huge, robust sound that makes even the heaviest songs sound deceptively bright. But the most important reason Superunknown is such a rich listen is twofold: the band's embrace of psychedelia, and their rapidly progressing mastery of songcraft. Soundgarden had always been a little mind-bending, but the full-on experiments with psychedelia give them a much wider sonic palette, paving the way for less metallic sounds and instruments, more detailed arrangements, and a bridge into pop (which made the eerie ballad "Black Hole Sun" an inescapable hit). That blossoming melodic skill is apparent on most of the record, not just the poppier songs and Cornell-penned hits; though a couple of drummer Matt Cameron's contributions are pretty undistinguished, they're easy to overlook, given the overall consistency. The focused songwriting allows the band to stretch material out for grander effect, without sinking into the pointlessly drawn-out muck that cluttered their early records. The dissonance and odd time signatures are still in force, though not as jarring or immediately obvious, which means that the album reveals more subtleties with each listen. It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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