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Soundgarden Celebrate 20th Anniversary of ‘Superunknown’ with Two Deluxe Editions

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Soundgarden (Maria Ives for Radio.com)

By Brian Ives 

For a brief time in 1994 the music scene was filled with artists who toed the line between heavy metal and punk rock. We’re talking Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Hole’s Live Through This, Weezer’s self-titled debut, Helmet’s betty, L7′s Hungry For StinkAlice In Chains‘ Jar Of Flies. And, of course, Soundgarden’s Superunknown, which is getting not one, but two 20th anniversary releases this summer.

The album’s deluxe edition, out June 3, will feature the remastered album along with a second disc of demos, rehearsals and B-sides. The “super deluxe edition” will span 5 CDs and will contain the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides. The fifth disc is for hard-core audio files, it’s the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. And if you’re still loyal to vinyl, there’s also going to be a 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl.

The band also made a never before heard rehearsal recording of their song “The Day I Tried To Live,” which will be on the demos and b-sides disc of both editions. Listen below.

Superunknown took the band, which had graduated from the underground Seattle scene to mainstream radio. The album surprised some by debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and catapulted them to headlining status. Still, they were unusual compared to any mainstream band: the lead single, “Spoonman,” literally featured a guy who played spoons as a musical instrument. Artis The Spoonman, as he was called, opened several dates on Soundgarden’s tour and joined them on stage, spoons in hand, for his big moment each night.

Thanks to his performance on the 1991 Temple Of The Dog supergroup, and his solo performance of “Seasons” on the 1992 Singles soundtrack, the world knew that Chris Cornell could sing, but by ’94, Soundgarden were ready for a bit of crooning. And it paid off: “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell On Black Days” and “The Day I Tried To Live” got major exposure not just on alternative radio, but on MTV, without alienating (too many of) their older fans.

Speaking of spinning the black circle, there’s going to be a Record Store Day exclusive limited edition vinyl box set with five 10″ EPs containing the Superunknown singles and associated b-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham.  Record Store Day is April 19.

Check out the full tracklist for both editions of the upcoming 20th anniversary release of Superunknown, out June 3.

SUPERUNKNOWN – DELUXE EDITION 2CD TRACK LISTING:

CD ONE – REMASTERED ALBUM
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

CD TWO – Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More
1. Let Me Drown (Demo)^
2. Black Hole Sun (Demo)^
3. Half (Demo)^
4. Head Down (Rehearsal)^
5. Limo Wreck (Rehearsal)^
6. The Day I Tried to Live (Rehearsal)^
7. Like Suicide (Acoustic)
8. Black Days III*
9. Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version)
10. Exit Stonehenge
11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
12. Jerry Garcia’s Finger
13. Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^
14. The Day I Tried To Live (Scott Litt Mix)^
15. 4th of July (Instrumental)^
16. Superunknown (Instrumental)^

SUPERUNKNOWN – SUPER DELUXE TRACK LISTING:

CD ONE – REMASTERED ALBUM
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

CD TWO – B-SIDES & MORE
1. The Day I Tried To Live (Alternate Mix)^
2. Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^
3. Beyond The Wheel (Live)
4. Fell On Black Days (Live)
5. Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version)
6. Jesus Christ Pose (Live)
7. Like Suicide (Acoustic Version)
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*
14. Ghostmotorfinger**
15. Jerry Garcia’s Finger
16. Fell On Black Days (Video Version)

CD THREE – THE DEMOS (unreleased)
1. Let Me Drown (Demo)
2. Fell On Black Days (Demo)
3. Superunknown (Demo)
4. Black Hole Sun (Demo)
5. Spoonman (Demo)
6. Fresh Tendrils (Demo)
7. 4th of July (Demo)
8. Half (Demo)
9. Like Suicide (Demo)

CD FOUR – THE REHEARSALS (unreleased)
1. Black Hole Sun (Rehearsal)
2. Bing Bing Goes To Church (Rehearsal)
3. Half (Instrumental)
4. Head Down (Rehearsal)
5. Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard (Rehearsal)
6. Let Me Drown (Rehearsal)
7. Limo Wreck (Rehearsal)
8. My Wave (Rehearsal)
9. Fresh Tendrils (Rehearsal)
10. Like Suicide (Rehearsal)
11. Ruff Riff-Raff (Rehearsal)
12. Spoonman (Rehearsal)
13. The Date I Tried To Leave (Rehearsal)
14. The Day I Tried To Live (Rehearsal)

DISC FIVE – BLU-RAY AUDIO 5.1 MIX
1. Let Me Drown (5.1 Mix)
2. My Wave (5.1 Mix)
3. Fell On Black Days (5.1 Mix)
4. Mailman (5.1 Mix)
5. Superunknown (5.1 Mix)
6. Head Down (5.1 Mix)
7. Black Hole Sun (5.1 Mix)
8. Spoonman (5.1 Mix)
9. Limo Wreck (5.1 Mix)
10. The Day I Tried To Live (5.1 Mix)
11. Kickstand (5.1 Mix)
12. Fresh Tendrils (5.1 Mix)
13. 4th Of July (5.1 Mix)
14. Half (5.1 Mix)
15. Like Suicide (5.1 Mix)
16. She Likes Surprises (Int’l Vers & Us 12″) (5.1 Mix)

SUPERUNKNOWN: THE SINGLES – FIVE 10-INCH VINYL SET
1. SPOONMAN
Fresh Tendrils
Cold Bitch
Exit Stonehenge

2. THE DAY I TRIED TO LIVE
Like Suicide (Acoustic Version)
Kickstand (Live)
Limo Wreck

3. BLACK HOLE SUN
Jesus Christ Pose (Live)
Beyond The Wheel (Live)
Fell On Black Days (Live)

4. MY WAVE
Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version)
My Wave (Live)

5. FELL ON BLACK DAYS
Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
Ghostmotorfinger**
Fell On Black Days (Video Version)
Girl U Want
Black Days III*

* Originally titled “Fell On Black Days (Demo – Early Version)”
**Originally titled “Motorcycle Loop (Short Version)”
^ Previously Unreleased

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