Superunknown [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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. [Weighing in at two CDs, the Deluxe edition of Superunknown isn't as generous as its five-disc cousin. On the first disc is the remastered version of the 1994 album, including the bonus songs "She Likes Surprises," while the second disc is 16 tracks of highlights from the big box. Thankfully, this does include the major non-LP B-sides -- "Exit Stonehenge," "Black Days III," "Kyle Petty, Son of Richard" -- along with demos of "Let Me Drown," "Black Hole Sun" and "Half"; an acoustic "Like Suicide"; and exciting rehearsals of "Head Down," "Limo Wreck," and "The Day I Tried to Live." There are certainly some worthwhile exclusives scattered throughout the Super Deluxe Superunknown, but for those on a tight budget, this is an excellent alternative as it has most of the highlights from the big box.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2014
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602537781836
  • Catalog Number: 002041402
  • Sales rank: 27,125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Me Drown (3:52)
  2. 2 My Wave (5:12)
  3. 3 Fell on Black Days (4:43)
  4. 4 Mailman (4:26)
  5. 5 Superunknown (5:06)
  6. 6 Head Down (6:09)
  7. 7 Black Hole Sun (5:18)
  8. 8 Spoonman (4:06)
  9. 9 Limo Wreck (5:47)
  10. 10 The Day I Tried to Live (5:20)
  11. 11 Kickstand (1:34)
  12. 12 Fresh Tendrils (4:16)
  13. 13 4th of July (5:08)
  14. 14 Half (2:14)
  15. 15 Like Suicide (7:03)
  16. 16 She Likes Surprises (3:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let Me Drown - Chris Cornell (4:11)
  2. 2 Black Hole Sun - Chris Cornell (5:38)
  3. 3 Half - Ben Shepherd (1:37)
  4. 4 Head Down (5:26)
  5. 5 Limo Wreck (5:42)
  6. 6 The Day I Tried to Live (6:03)
  7. 7 Like Suicide (6:12)
  8. 8 Black Days III [Demo Version - Chris Cornell (4:03)
  9. 9 Birth Ritual (5:50)
  10. 10 Exit Stonehenge (1:21)
  11. 11 Kyle Petty, Son of Richard (4:06)
  12. 12 Jerry Garcia's Finger (3:24)
  13. 13 Spoonman (5:21)
  14. 14 The Day I Tried to Live (5:26)
  15. 15 4th of July (5:13)
  16. 16 Superunknown (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soundgarden Primary Artist
Michael Beinhorn Piano
Matt Cameron Percussion, Drums, Mellotron
Chris Cornell Guitar, Vocals
Natasha Shneider Clavinet
Ben Shepherd Bass, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Kim Thayil Guitar
Artis the Spoon Man Spoons
Greg Keplinger Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Soundgarden Producer
Steve Fisk Remixing
Michael Beinhorn Producer
Matt Cameron Composer
Chris Cornell Composer, Lyricist, Engineer
Jason Corsaro Engineer
Gary King Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Ben Shepherd Composer, Lyricist
Kim Thayil Composer
Stuart Hallerman Engineer
Kevin Westenberg Band Photo
Kelk Cover Design
Jeff Fura Reissue Producer
Gerry Amandes Engineer
Josh Graham Art Direction
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