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Superunknown

SoundgardenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)

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SOUNDGARDEN BIO – KING ANIMAL

“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 (March 8, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G2B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell On Black Days
4. Mailman
5. Superunknown
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
8. Spoonman
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried To Live
11. Kickstand
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th Of July
14. Half
15. Like Suicide

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"Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham

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239 of 263 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
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars How is it so good?
Easily one of the best albums I have the pleasure of listening to in my lifetime. There really is nothing else to state. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best albums to come out of the "grunge" era
Other than the obviously overplayed Black Hole Sun, this is one of the best albums to come out of the "grunge" era. Read more
Published 4 days ago by C. Loporchio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price
Published 6 days ago by Leslie A. Pedigo
5.0 out of 5 stars soudgarden's best album. i choose to buy this cd which ...
soudgarden's best album. i choose to buy this cd which is not remastered rather than getting the 20th anniversary re-isssue due to the sound quality performance. Read more
Published 7 days ago by ROBIN KURT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 11 days ago by Ronn Gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent album!!
Published 25 days ago by camilo gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent cd
Published 27 days ago by Frank s.Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Soundgarden Album
Awesome. SuperUnknown in 5.1 Surround is incredible, plus lots of cool versions of the songs!
Published 1 month ago by Dalesteraz@hotmail.com
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
Arrived damaged, but plays OK. Was expecting more of a surround experience from the BD Audio, but being recorded twenty years ago, I guess there's only so much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Full of surprises, worth it !
Published 1 month ago by VINCENT GROS
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great album?
This would have to be a top 5 in its class.
It's right there with Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice's Dirt, Candlebox's self titled, and Metallica's self titled. This is by far Soundgarden's best album.
Aug 2, 2013 by Austin Dalyai |  See all 2 posts
bonus track?
That song's on the import version
Oct 30, 2007 by Kevin Gumdrop |  See all 2 posts
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