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A-Sides

SoundgardenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)


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“When I think of Soundgarden, I think of a sound, I think of one entity, one organic thing,” says singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, “but I guess that the exciting part is that it’s always been really varied.”

Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. In the 80s and 90s, the ... Read more in Amazon's Soundgarden Store

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  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 4, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000001EZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nothing To Say
2. Flower
3. Loud Love
4. Hands All Over
5. Get On The Snake
6. Jesus Christ Pose
7. Outshined
8. Rusty Cage
9. Spoonman
10. The Day I Tried To Live
11. Black Hole Sun
12. Fell On Black Days
13. Pretty Noose
14. Burden In My Hand
15. Blow Up The Outside World
16. Ty Cobb
17. Bleed Together

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Soundgarden combined the epic grandstanding of Led Zeppelin with the grunge buzz of Blue Cheer and the psychedelic undertones of the Butthole Surfers to create some of the definitive hard rock of the 1990s. This collection of what can loosely be defined as "hits" (hard rock isn't noted for its singles action) briefly sweeps over the indie years with SubPop and SST, placing emphasis on the band's successful A&M years. Singer Chris Cornell's histrionic wails grabbed the bulk of the attention, but the band's true power rested with the drumming of Matt Cameron and the twin guitar attack of Cornell and Kim Thayil. One need only listen to "Fell on Black Days" or "Blow Up the Outside World" to understand that Soundgarden's complex riffs and superb dynamics were its great strengths. --Rob O'Connor

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Lots of people think of Nirvana and Pearl Jam when they think of the Seattle scene, but the genre-shattering Soundgarden were among the true founders of the Seattle sound. This collection follows them from their early years in the late '80s through today, including big hits like Black Hole Sun and Outshined from their multi-platinum A&M releases and some rare selections. The best from one of the most influential bands of the decade.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Seattle's Finest September 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Soundgarden. What can you say? Their music is absolutely timeless. They've made some of the best rock songs ever, and "A-Sides" captures a good amount of them. From anthems like "Black Hole Sun" and "Blow Up The Outside World", to the more soft rock songs like "The Day I Tried To Live" and "Burden In My Hand", to the proto-metal of "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Rusty Cage", to some of my personal favorites "Outshined" (I love the sludge riff) and "Pretty Noose" (the bass notes in this song are amazing), Soundgarden covered it all. Of course a few songs were missing (both "My Wave" and the title track on "Superunknown" come to mind), but it was obvious that was gonna happen, Soundgarden has a very big selection of material. With that said, you also shouldn't rob yourself by ignoring their other albums, as Soundgarden had just as many good songs that aren't singles. But the material here is more than worth your time and investment. And the extra track "Bleed Together" is a great song with a punk edge, but still being catchy. "A-Sides" isn't the best of the best, but some of the best from a legendary band. It's highly recommended to rock fans who have yet to get into the band. Soundgarden didn't just carry the grunge flag the longest, they were one of the last rock bands that actually mattered. After Soundgarden broke up, rock music just wasn't the same.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futile Offerings From Clueless Executives July 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A best-of album from Soundgarden is like a best-of album from Led Zeppelin: it's ridiculous. In many ways Soundgarden is the Led Zeppelin of the grunge era. Both bands are about power and mystique, each offering up a relentlessly heavy edge that overshadowed their contemporaries like Manute Bol standing next to Spud Web. Also, both bands went extinct way too soon. In Soundgarden's case, they issued only five albums and two eps. While their earlier work (1985-1989) was an inchoate combination of sweaty hard rock and shifty punk music, sometime during the process of the "Louder Than Love" album (1989) the band just locked into a sound that can never be duplicated. Everything that followed this period (-1997) was simply brilliant. So, who can argue with a greatest hits collection? My main gripe is that their record label has been incredibly stingy about their treatment of this band's catalog - not to mention the Temple of The Dog album, which should be remastered and offered with live tracks/outtakes. This is not just great music, it's music that defines an era, defines the feeling you get when you look back on this part of your life. And why is the awesome "Birth Ritual" from the Singles soundtrack or "Heretic" from Pump Up The Volume missing? Whatever media giant owns Soundgarden's catalog needs to remaster everything and release something from the live vaults. It's been 12 damn years since this release! Gimme a break.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A near perfect collection of essential Soundgarden February 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Before bands like Creed, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, etc. were mudding up the airwaves, there was a band from Seattle (no, I'm not talking about Nirvana) who kept their integrity from their indie days even when they won Grammys and had monster hits. This band was Soundgarden, and "A-Sides", a collection of mostly Soundgarden hits, is a nice collection that fans new to the band can use as a nice introduction. Though it is mostly compiled with the singles from later albums, we get songs from the Sub Pop days like "Flower" and "Loud Love". It would have been nice to see some more songs from the Sub Pop releases, but this is ok as we get well known songs (and fan favorites) "Jesus Christ Pose", "Rusty Cage", "Day I Tried to Live", and "Ty Cobb", and we get the monster hits "Outshined", "Black Hole Sun", and "Spoonman". We also get an unreleased track (from the "Down on the Upside" sessions) called "Bleed Together" which is a nice little track but ends too quickly. Being a big fan of Soundgarden no greatest hits package would be perfect, especially without songs like "My Wave", "Like Suicide", "Never the Machine Forever", and "Searching With My Good Eye Closed", all of which would have rounded this package out very nicely, but this is still a nice little collection (at least A&M Records isn't churning out pointless duplicate compilations every other year like Columbia does with Alice in Chains' catalog). All in all, this is a nice little collection that serves well as an introduction to one of the defining bands of the 90's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The band that invented Grunge September 13, 2002
By Kj Ream
Format:Audio CD
Soundgarden, whilst not only being the most underated band of all time, was the cause of early 90's Seattle fame. Sure they weren't very sucessful when they came out in the 1980's but they had a distintive sound that influenced Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden are easily my favourite band now and this CD was my first introduction to their sound (I picked it up when I heard that "that guy from Soundgarden" was going to be the new lead singer for my beloved Rage Against The Machine) and honestly, the day I picked up this CD I constanly reflect on as one of the highlights of my life.
Every track on this CD oozes a raw quality that in my mind is still original to this group. Tracing right back to the early EP days and the debut album Ultramega OK. The tracks Nothing To Say and Flower are haughtly constructed songs with all emotions. The Loud Love period is displayed with 3 songs which show the bands coming into it's genre and the strenghing of it's style. Which brings us right up to The Badmotorfinger- Superunknown style. Clearly Soundgarden at it's peak as a whole. Each of the 7 tracks on A-sides from this era feature an exceptional quality with my personal favourite being Outshined, one of my all-time favourite songs. It was during this period that Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron recorded the now legendary Temple Of The Dog Album with Pearl Jam members.
Down On The Upside, Soundgardens last album and possibly it's most mainstream is credited with 4 tracks on the album and The Bonus track, Bleed Together show The band in form during this period.
All in all this album is a brilliant buy. This band truly have an unique sound and each member holds their own beautifully.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Tietz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good band/selection of songs
Sometimes I listen to the CD on my way to work/school and I usually find myself singing in my own car to it while staring at people. Read more
Published 13 months ago by OhHaiInternet
4.0 out of 5 stars A good set for the casual fan
A good collection to have if you're not a monster fan who wants to spend the money involved in buying the individual albums.
Published 13 months ago by RON TYLER
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING COMPILATION!!!!!!!!!!!!
SOUNDGARDEN is one of my favourite bands, and most of ALL their songs are from very good to great to gems like OUTSHINED and LOUD LOVE.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My husband was looking for this CD, and we were pleased to find it at such a great price and condition.
Published 19 months ago by Joan L
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd at a great price.
I recently moved and somewhere along the way, the movers lost most of my cd collection. (along with damaging most of my furniture) Anyway, I've been looking for low priced... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Puppypaws98
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Fantastic recording. Captures Cornell's best. If you dig Soundgarden, this recording has all their best work. Fans of Audioslave will love this
Published on September 10, 2012 by Langer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of Soundgarden
Admittedly I am not a monster fan of grunge music. I just never got what was so great about all the anger, angst and self-loathing contained in most Seattle bands records. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Jonathan Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COMPILATION!!!!!
I'm not a big fan of compilations...Actually i hate them....Many great songs are forgotten, and it seems that the best hits songs are way way greater than other songs that aren't... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Grunge and Metal Hybrid
I must admit that the first Soundgarden album I bought was Superunknown, so anything after that would seem like a step down. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by jonathan
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