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This mammoth of a Northwest album turns 20 on Saturday! We’ve got some cool things planned for Friday between Ryan Castle and myself. There is a colossal reissue planned for June! The press release is below for all the details on that.
1. "Let Me Drown"
2. "My Wave"
3. "Fell on Black Days"
6. "Head Down"
7. "Black Hole Sun"
9. "Limo Wreck"
10. "The Day I Tried to Live"
12. "Fresh Tendrils"
13. "4th of July"
14. "Half" Shepherd
15. "Like Suicide"
Check out this CNN news report on the “New” Soundgarden album from 1994!
SOUNDGARDEN to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Superunknown LP
Superunknown Reissue Package out June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME
Two Deluxe Editions including Rare Demos and Rehearsal Recordings and More
Limited Edition Five 10-inch Vinyl Set of Superunknown: The Singles Available on Record Store Day- April 19
Superunknown Reissue Cover Art
“The best albums define their time, then transcend it. Superunknown is an honest monument to its era and birthplace – the extreme glories of the Seattle boom,
after the success of Nirvana's 1991 supernova, Nevermind, and the rapid, tragic fallout. Superunknown is also a heavy masterpiece of vision and backbone, a classic of American, progressive hard rock made by a band that, from the start, always aimed higher and farther than its scene, peers and competition.”
-- David Fricke
New York, NY – February 24, 2014 – On March 8, 1994, Seattle rock band Soundgarden released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Superunknown, on A&M Records. An immediate No. 1 in the U.S., it earned the band two Grammy® Awards, sold millions of records worldwide, and introduced Soundgarden to a mass TV audience via the influential video for its most iconic track, “Black Hole Sun.” It helped redefine alternative rock and influenced the course of music history.
This year, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album with a special reissue in two deluxe versions outlined below and available on June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album remastered in Blu-ray ™ Audio 5.1 Mix. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, Superunknown will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19, as a set of five, limited edition vinyl albums featuring the singles and B-sides, and as a 2-LP gatefold set with the original 16 tracks on 200-gram vinyl.
Last night, the band - Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron - made available a never-before-heard rehearsal version of album track “The Day I Tried To Live.” PRESS HERE to listen.
The album yielded such singles as “Black Hole Sun,” "Spoonman," “The Day I Tried to Live,” “My Wave” and “Fell on Black Days.” The first two tracks won Grammy® Awards in 1995, when the album was also nominated for Best Rock Album. The album has also been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has sold around 9 million copies worldwide, making it the band’s most commercially successful album. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties. Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide.
The band released their first studio album in 16 years, King Animal, in November of 2012 to widespread critical acclaim and it debuted as the No. 1 Rock Album in the U.S. Co-produced by the band and Adam Kasper at Studio X in Seattle, it was released on via Loma Vista/Republic. The first single, “Been Away Too Long,” reached No. 1 on both Active and Rock format charts. PRESS HERE to watch the video for the band's second single from the album, “By Crooked Steps,” directed by friend and fan Dave Grohl. This year, the band announced that they will be headlining the Sasquatch Festival in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest over July 4th weekend.
Stay tuned for more news and announcements surrounding Superunknown 20. It’s going to be a very loud year.
What the critics said about Superuknown in `94:
"Demonstrates far greater range than many bands manage in an entire career. At its best, Superunknown offers a more harrowing depiction of alienation and despair than anything on In Utero." (5 Stars)- Rolling Stone ( J.D. Considine)
"Soundgarden dealt in unreconstructed heavy rock: a heavy guitar sound, depth-charge drumming” (5 stars)- Q Magazine
"stands as Soundgarden’s masterpiece." -Blender (Ann Powers)
"Superunknown actually tries to broaden its audience by breaking heavy-metal genre barriers that Soundgarden used to accept. Soundgarden...want[s] something different from standard heavy metal.”
- The New York Times (Jon Pareles)
"hard-rock milestone-a boiling vat of volcanic power, record-making smarts, and '90s anomie and anxiety that sets a new standard for anything called metal." (A)- Entertainment Weekly (David Browne)
"It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition." (5 stars) - Allmusic ( Steve Huey)
SUPERUNKNOWN – DELUXE EDITION 2CD TRACK LISTING:
CD ONE – REMASTERED ALBUM
1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell on Black Days
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried to Live
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th of July
15. Like Suicide
16. She Likes Surprises
CD TWO – Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More
1. Let Me Drown (Demo)^
2. Black Hole Sun (Demo)^
3. Half (Demo)^
4. Head Down (Rehearsal)^