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This 1991 Seattle supergroup brought together Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden with the surviving members of Mother Love Bone (Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard) and Eddie Vedder, later of Pearl Jam. The experiment worked. Cornell shines, seeming more comfortable here on this tribute to his former roommate and deceased MLB lead singer Andrew Wood than with his own band. "Hunger Strike" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven" combine glam and grunge better than anything in Love Bone's catalog, while "Wooden Jesus" is less didactic than anything in Pearl Jam's oeuvre. Most of the songs may be about loss and addiction, but this is compelling music for black days. --Charles R. Cross
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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: December 31, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GJH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What can you say about Temple of the Dog ? I am sorry to say this is the only release they ever made, and that was brought on by MOTHER LOVE BONEs Andrew Wood s death. Chris Cornell has NEVER sounded better on vocals and the mixture of grunge rock with a heavy dose of blues is arranged WONDERFULLY ! Dont expect a Soundgarden sound, but expect more of a Pearl Jam meets Led Zeppelin.
You simply get it all on this release : SAY HELLO TO HEAVEN and CALL ME A DOG have a slower, blues-heavy feel to them...YOUR SAVIOR and PUSHING FORWARD BACK shows us the funky side of rock...REACH DOWN has a 60s feel to it and ALL NIGHT THING is a gentle, jazzy, kick-back-and-enjoy sound to it. Its a shame that the only cut to get airplay was HUNGER STRIKE, because there is SO MUCH MORE to this record !
If you like a heavy dose of guitar, with a great arrangement of songs - This is for you. Obvoiusly, any fan of Soundgarden or Pearl Jam needs to add this one-time-only cd to their collection. One of 90s BEST releases !
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In a lesser fashion than, say, Pearl Jam's Ten, "Temple of the Dog" may have spawned an early half-decade of grunge cookie-cutter bands like Bush and Seven Mary Three. Enamored in Seattle glory and mystique, "Temple of the Dog" was comprised of three future Pearl Jam members and fellow Soundgarden rockers Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron.

It begins with a sweet tribute to Andrew Wood, late lead singer of former Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Cornell, who wrote both music and lyrics for a large chunk of this album, mostly runs the show. Always achingly personal, with a raging Robert Plant-like voice to back up his strong emotions, Cornell is an artist's artist.

"Reach Down" is over 11 minutes of plodding guitars and bombastic grunge rhythm, with Cornell screaming like Seattle is his oyster: "You gotta reach down/And pick the crowd up!" he wails. "Hunger Strike," with its beautiful lyrics and tunefulness, plus Eddie Vedder's great vocal contribution, seems destined for classic-rock status. There's not a bad song on this entire record, as the band combines quiet introspection with reflective lyrics on songs like "Call Me a Dog," "Times of Trouble" and the heartfelt "Wooden Jesus." Truly great Seattle grunge music was never dumb music, and these tunes prove that with sincere emotion and thinking-man's lyrics.

If Temple of the Dog were "spontaneous" and practically thrown together (the band's words), it's scary to wonder the depths of the band's sound had it taken its time or experimented more musically. This project further demonstrates the amazing talent and creativity that came out of Seattle before the world crashed in on that private music scene. Temple of the Dog may never reform, but its lone record made a huge impact and is thankfully here to enjoy.
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Temple Of The Dog (1991.), the first and only release from the Temple Of The Dog grunge supergroup

One of the most intriguing questions when looking back at the alternative rock `grunge' explosion in the early 1990's for me is what would have become of Mother Love Bone had lead singer Andrew Wood not tragically overdosed on heroin shortly after the release of the band's masterpiece first and only album. However, what did come from this was firstly, the formation of Pearl Jam, one of the greatest bands of recent times, from Mother Love Bone's ashes and also this tribute album, `Temple Of The Dog'. Greatly moved by Wood's death, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was Wood's former roommate teamed with drummer Matt Cameron and surviving MLB members bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard as well as lead guitarist Mike McCready. Released in 1991, just as alternative rock was beginning to hit the mainstream, this album has gone on to become one of the more forgotten and underestimated works from the Seattle movement, similarly to Mother Love Bone's `Apple'. So how much of a forgotten gem is this album?

`Temple Of The Dog', put simply is a musical collaboration that words can't describe. When I originally got the album, I expected it to be good but not on a par with other Seattle classics like `Ten', `Badmotorfinger' or `Dirt'. I was shocked after listening to it; hell I couldn't have been more wrong as this album is every bit the other albums' equal. `Temple Of The Dog' is a masterpiece tribute to Andrew Wood, with 10 awesome songs, none of which are less than excellent. The collaboration of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden is a unique and successful blend indeed. Chris Cornell paves the way with the album, writing most of the songs and all of the lyrics.
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Some of these reviews blow me away- primarily those which expect this to be Pearl Jam (which I don't believe was even Mookie Blaylock yet), or Soundgarden. I can definitely understand confusion from people who are used to having their processed, refined 'Grunge(tm)' foisted upon them by way of a slick corporate marketing machine, but this also ain't that.
What it is would be 5 people grieving with instruments on a soundstage (well, 6- if you count Eddie Vedder's tag-team work on 'Hunger Strike' and background vocals elsewhere, which equate to little more than a cameo), putting it all on their sleeves while remembering their fallen comrade and lamenting his chemical Achilles' heel.
I would definitely agree that this is some of Chris Cornell's best work to date. It's a purely emotional and hauntingly beautiful experience- but if you prefer your music belt-sanded to a smooth finish and polished to the point of reflection or are just another Eddie Vedder fan looking for more of the same, then you might want to look elsewhere (or try the Creed album?). Cornell's point would probably be missed on you.
I'm on my 4th copy of this CD now (2 wear-outs and one theft- not counting the industry cassette I had back in '92 and wore to dust), and it only keeps getting better. Here's my 5 stars- I only wish *those* 5 stars (and maybe even the sixth) would get back together sometime without requiring another funeral to do so- and give us a taste of what it's like *after* the healing process.
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