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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  16. She Likes Surprises (Int'l Version & US 12')

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)
  5. Birth Ritual (B-side Demo)
  6. Jesus Christ Pose (Live)
  7. Like Suicide (Acoustic)
  8. Kickstand (Live)
  9. My Wave (Live)
  10. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
  11. Exit Stonehenge
  12. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
  13. Black Days III (Originally titled 'Fell On Black Days (Demo - Early Version)'
  14. Ghostmotorfinger (Originally titled 'Motorcycle Loop (Short Version)'
  15. Jerry Garcia's Finger
  16. Fell On Black Days (Video Version)

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)
  5. Spoonman (Demos - Unreleased)
  6. Fresh Tendrils (Demos - Unreleased)
  7. 4th of July (Demos - Unreleased)
  8. Half (Demos - Unreleased)
  9. Like Suicide (Demos - Unreleased)

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)
  5. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  6. Let Me Drown (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  7. Limo Wreck (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  8. My Wave (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  9. Fresh Tendrils (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  10. Like Suicide (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  11. Ruff Riff-Raff (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  12. Exit Stonehenge (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  13. Spoonman (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  14. The Date I Tried To Leave (Rehearsals - Unreleased)
  15. The Day I Tried To Live (Rehearsals - Unreleased)

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)
  5. Superunknown (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  6. Head Down (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  7. Black Hole Sun (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  8. Spoonman (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  9. Limo Wreck (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  10. The Day I Tried To Live (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  11. Kickstand (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  12. Fresh Tendrils (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  13. 4th of July (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  14. Half (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  15. Like Suicide (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)
  16. She Likes Suprises (Int'l Version & US 12') (Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 Mix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2014)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • 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: A&M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bricktop VINE VOICE on June 3, 2014
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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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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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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By A Customer on August 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Whoa. If you're in a good, optimistic mood and you want to stay that way, don't listen to this album. You'll be running for the razors in no time. Fortunately, Soundgarden fans like myself recognize the unmistakable brilliance of Cornell's pitch-black lyrics, Thayil's guitaring genius, Shepherd's throbbing bass and Cameron's fantastically tight drumming. All are truly on show in this, their best album, a balance between the best elements of the faster, harder Badmotorfinger and the slightly more mellow Down On The Upside.
Forget the popular tracks "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman", the true highlights of this album include "Let Me Drown", "My Wave", "Superunknown", "Limo Wreck", "The Day I Tried To Live", "Fresh Tendrils" and the darkly brilliant "Head Down". Awash with cynical lyrics and complex, crashing guitars, there is no better way to experience the music of one of the best and most unique bands of the 90's.
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