On March 8, 1994, Seattle rock band Soundgarden released their critically acclaimed fourth full length album, Superunknown, on A&M Records. An immediate No. 1 in the U.S., it earned the band two Grammy® Awards, and sold millions of records worldwide. The record yielded such iconic tracks as “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” and “Fell on Black Days.“ The LP that was often considered Soundgarden’s “masterpiece” helped redefine alternative rock and influenced the course of music history.
This year, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album with a special reissue in two deluxe versions and available on June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album mixed in Blu-ray ™ Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork designed by Josh Graham. It also features never before seen band photography by Kevin Westerberg. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, the Superunknown singles and associated b-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19th, as a set of five limited edition 10" vinyl records.
Last night, the band - Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron - made available a never-before-heard rehearsal version of album track “The Day I Tried To Live.” Listen to the song on YouTube below.