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Superunknown (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition - 4CD + 1Blu-ray Audio Disc) [Box set, Deluxe Edition]

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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.”

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00IXLQJOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell On Black Days
4. Mailman
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Day I Tried To Live (Alternate Mix/Unreleased)
2. Spoonman (Alternate Remix/Unreleased)
3. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
4. Fell On Black Days (Live)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Let Me Drown (Demos - Unreleased)
2. Fell On Black Days (Demos - Unreleased)
3. Superunknown (Demos - Unreleased)
4. Black Hole Sun (Demos - Unreleased)
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Black Hole Sun (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
2. Bing Bing Goes To Church (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
3. Half (Instrumentally) (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
4. Head Down (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Let Me Drown (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
2. My Wave (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
3. Fell On Black Days (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
4. Mailman (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In 2014 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden's massive album Superunknown which to date has sold 9 million albums worldwide and is certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US. Both a critical and commercial success, in 1994 Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and earned the band two Grammys® for the singles 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Spoonman' in 1995. As relevant today as they were in 1994, the multi-platinum-selling Soundgarden continues to be in the Top 10 most played artists on Active Rock radio and the band's top 4 most played radio songs - accumulating over 1 million in total airplay and 4 billion in total audience to date - are all from this very beloved album: 'Black Hole Sun', 'Fell on Black Days', 'Spoonman' and 'The Day I Tried To Live'. 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.

- Packaging: 8.5' x 12' hardbound book with approx. 70-80 pages + lenticular cover animating a solar flaring eclipse around the original cover art
- 5k+ word liner notes by David Fricke
- Completely new artwork by Josh Graham
- CD1: remastered album - 16 tracks (including international album bonus track 'She Likes Surprises')
- CD2: 14 B-sides and 2 Unreleased Alternative Mixes
- CD3: 9 Unreleased Demos
- CD4: 16 Unreleased Rehearsals from June '93 (1 month prior to start of July recording session)
- Blu-ray: New 96/24 5.1 Surround Mix of all 16 album tracks, 96/24 High Res Stereo, Lyrics pages animated into video to go with each song
- Includes free download card of the DTS Headphone: X app to experience the original 16-track album in 11.1 surround sound using normal stereo headphones

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234 of 258 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A major label announces two surround titles within a couple weeks of each other, a first in a very long time in North America where the majors have given up on surround sound since around 2005/2006 when they withdrew from the Super Audio CD/DVD-Audio format war. Could this be the push some of us have been hoping for finally starting? Soundgarden and Bob Marley both getting brand new 5.1 mixes?

Well after 8 weeks of asking we finally got the details of this release a few days ago in terms of the technical specs, they did go back to the original analogue multitracks to create the 5.1 mix and they did go back to the original analogue stereo master to create the vinyl, although they archived it to 24/192 and then mastered in the digital domain. Adam Kasper who produced Down on the Upside and King Animal was going to do the 5.1 mix, he has no 5.1 credits to his name so that was a bit concerning but at least he was using the multitracks so we knew we could hope for a fully discrete mix.

Now as we begin to listen we realize it was all for nought, despite all the care taken or seemingly being taken to go back to the original source material we have a release that's been slammed in true loudness wars fashion. One might have expected the regular CDs and lossy digital download files to be victims, but this is also available on Blu-ray Audio in 24-bit/96kHz stereo AND on another audiophile website (name removed in case it's against review policies) as a 24-bit/192kHz download. These are both equally as dynamically challenged as the CD! It makes no sense. People buy 24-bit to listen to on superior equipment. Dynamically lifeless music is only bearable on the cheapest in ear buds while busy commuting or working out when you're not really paying attention to the music.
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95 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best October 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to lots of music, and "Superunknown" doubtlessly stands as arguably the best album I have ever heard. Visionary, perfectly executed and technically impeccable, Soundgarden set the standard for dark hard rock with this one. I can't really think of a place to start in praising this album, but Chris Cornell's vocals are as good a place as any. From the hushed tones of "Fell on Black Days" to the cathartic wailing of tunes like "My Wave" and the propulsive singing of "Fourth of July," Cornell can simply do it all. His dark, churning, guitar riffs, aided by Kim Thayil's soaring, distorted solos, complete the powerful atmosphere of these songs. Add in Matt Cameron's nimble and inventive drumwork and the result is a musical masterpiece. The variety of this album is also noteworthy, as it mixes hard rockers like the opening double shot of "Let Me Drown" and "My Wave" with slower, more melodic numbers like the hits "Fell on Black Days" and "The Day I Tried To Live." The megahit "Black Hole Sun," while a strong song, is easily the worst track on the album, with the exception of the filler track "Half." "Superunknown" boasts all that serious music fans could possibly want, from creativity to technical precision to complex arrangements to a truly masterful and powerful overall vocal performance from Chris Cornell. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden's greatest album February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While Nirvana brought "grunge" and alternative rock to the mainstream, it was Soundgarden, along with Mudhoney and Green River (the precursor to Mudhoney) that, along with others, helped create the "grunge" sound. The band spent much of the 80s playing to enthusiastic audiences and building up a fan base. The band's early work, like "Screaming Life" (1987) and "Ultramega OK" (1988) saw a real Sabbath and Stooges influence, and while this influence remained, the band started to get a more refined and metallic edge as they progressed, with "Louder than Love" (1989) and "Badmoterfinger" (1991). In the spring of 1994, at the twilight of the Seattle grunge era, Soundgarden unleashed what would be their masterpiece "Superunknown."

To the general, fickle public that followed whatever was the flavor-of-the-week, Soundgarden's 1994 smash album "Superunknown" may have seemed to come out of left-field. While Soundgarden's pervious, top-40 album "Badmoterfinger" (1991) as well as a high profile tour with Guns N' Roses and props from Kurt Cobain may have put the band firmly on the map, it was "Superunknown" that made Soundgarden one of rock's premier bands of the 90s.

"Superunknown" takes up where "Badmoterfinger" left off, but "Superunknown" is less metallic, and there is a greater focus on melody with a noticeable Beatles influence present. In addition, the scope of the band's sound is expanded with the appearance of guest musicians (cello, viola, piano). While some fans of the band's earlier work may have perceived Soundgarden becoming more "commercial" or loosing their edge, this isn't really a fair argument. "Superunknown" was really the next logical step for Soundgarden to take as it saw the band mature and branch out artistically, without loosing its edge.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this October 8, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
There are so many great tracks on this album, I couldn't even mention them all. One of the truly front to back albums ever made, Superunknown may only be rivaled in strength by Pearl Jam's Ten. Of course, the radio songs like Black Hole Sun, My Wave, and Spoonman, are great, but Soundgarden's real greatness is shown in some of its lesser known tracks. Shepard's distorted lyrics in Half are simply ominous, while Cornell provides the listener with dreadful pleasure in Limo Wreck, Fell on Black Days and The Day I tried to Live. Like Suicide, the final track, is perhaps the most disturbing song of all, and makes one wonder what goes through Chris Cornell's mind when he's all alone. But if there's one song to play over and again, its the self-flagellating Fresh Tendrils, which moves with a taut rage that only Soundgarden could deliver. If you haven't bought this album, you're missing out on a rare and powerful musical experience that comes around more seldom than does Halley's Comet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hackjob on all levels.
Wow, one of the greatest 90s albums gets the LOUDNESS WARS treatment, a direct slap in the face to the people that kept the dynamics for DotU, their last great album. Read more
Published 1 day ago by crank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grunge Classic
In my opinion it's their masterpiece. If you grew up in the 90's you know all the hits, Spoonman, Black Hole Sun, Fell on Black Days, all huge hits and absolute classics. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Skippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Garden For The Mind
After buying BadMotorFinger ala Corey Greenberg years ago, I finally had to breakdown and get some more Soundgarden. I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 8 days ago by The REAL Deal
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
thank you
Published 11 days ago by Richard J. Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful!
Published 13 days ago by Renata
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album but mixed feelings on the "Super" Deluxe version
This review is for the Super Deluxe MP3 version and specifically about the demos and extras. I have no opinion about the re-master as the original album sounds fantastic and there... Read more
Published 13 days ago by White Chicken
5.0 out of 5 stars The light remaster they have done on this sounds AMAZING on vinyl -...
I was a bit worried that the remaster of this album would be over-the-top, but decided to risk it rather than forking out huge cash for the original release on vinyl. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Fraser Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet!
Published 23 days ago by Elyse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great cd from a great band!
Published 23 days ago by Ar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I would recommend to friends and family.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis
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Record companies suck!
I agree, that's all I want too...but they also suck because one week out from release we still don't have a freaking clue:

a) who cut the vinyl
b) source material for the vinyl
c) where the vinyl is being pressed
d) who did the remastering
e) source material for the 5.1 mix
f) who did the 5.1... Read More
May 23, 2014 by Bricktop |  See all 6 posts
Blu or DVD?
Its Blu Ray. That's just a placeholder image. The price (75$) is awesome for 5 discs worth of great music, half of which was never released, plus the awesome packaging and 80 page book. Compared to 150$ for Nirvana boxsets, I am super happy with the price. Hope Badmotorfinger and Down on the... Read More
May 4, 2014 by Vann W. Coughanour |  See all 4 posts
No instrumental versions?
I was under the impression that the Super Deluxe edition contains a CD with the two instrumental versions that you mentioned. If there's tracks included with the 2CD edition that aren't also included with the Super Deluxe then this is the 1st I've heard of this. I wouldn't be surprised if this... Read More
May 17, 2014 by LedMan |  See all 3 posts
Couple of advantages here
Ya thats exactly what I am doing too. I don't need the shirt or hoodie, and I have a Prime membership til July, so I will get it on release day for free. I have several copies of the 1994 release, and on Apple lossless transfer as well. Still, I can't wait to get my hands on these B-Sides and... Read More
Mar 19, 2014 by Vann W. Coughanour |  See all 2 posts
No single or 2 disc deluxe edition listed on Amazon?
The lower priced 1 and 2 disc editions are at WalMart and best buy, at least.
Jun 10, 2014 by P. C. |  See all 2 posts
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