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  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001EZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nothing To Say
2. Flower
3. Loud Love
4. Hands All Over
5. Get On The Snake
6. Jesus Christ Pose
7. Outshined
8. Rusty Cage
9. Spoonman
10. The Day I Tried To Live
11. Black Hole Sun
12. Fell On Black Days
13. Pretty Noose
14. Burden In My Hand
15. Blow Up The Outside World
16. Ty Cobb
17. Bleed Together

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Lots of people think of Nirvana and Pearl Jam when they think of the Seattle scene, but the genre-shattering Soundgarden were among the true founders of the Seattle sound. This collection follows them from their early years in the late '80s through today, including big hits like Black Hole Sun and Outshined from their multi-platinum A&M releases and some rare selections. The best from one of the most influential bands of the decade.

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Soundgarden combined the epic grandstanding of Led Zeppelin with the grunge buzz of Blue Cheer and the psychedelic undertones of the Butthole Surfers to create some of the definitive hard rock of the 1990s. This collection of what can loosely be defined as "hits" (hard rock isn't noted for its singles action) briefly sweeps over the indie years with SubPop and SST, placing emphasis on the band's successful A&M years. Singer Chris Cornell's histrionic wails grabbed the bulk of the attention, but the band's true power rested with the drumming of Matt Cameron and the twin guitar attack of Cornell and Kim Thayil. One need only listen to "Fell on Black Days" or "Blow Up the Outside World" to understand that Soundgarden's complex riffs and superb dynamics were its great strengths. --Rob O'Connor

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First off, If you didn't figure this out before, this album is essentially a compilation of the best songs from Soundgarden's 6 album spanning career, not necesarrily a Greatest Hits compilation, as many of the songs on here are not hits, but you will find many hits. Soundgarden, along with Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, hit it big after the sucess of Nirvana with the sucess of Superunknown, which featured the massive hit "Black Hole Sun", "The Day I Tried To Live", and "Fell on Black Days". It also had the mildly popular "Spoonman", which introduced the major public to Soundgarden. Although this was Soundgarden's commercial breakthrough, they'd had many albums before this one. Soundgarden started off with the EP "Screaming Life/Fopp" which is represented on A-Sides with the haunting song "Nothing to Say", which has a surprising amount of maturity for a song released on their first album, and is one of my personal favorites. Thier next CD turned out to be a full LP, and it was called Ultramega OK, and this album is represented by "Flower", yet again another powerful song with great lyrics from Cornell. Next up Soundgarden released another LP, Louder Than Love, which is represented on A-Sides with "Loud Love", a song with a great chorus that sounds a lot like fellow Grunge band Mother Love Bone, "Hands All Over" has great guitar work from Kim Thayil, and " Get on the Snake", a song that to me sounds like late 80's metal with an AC/DC edge to it. Soundgarden's next album was their first Major Label release, and it was this album, not Nevermind, that was expected to blow the Alt Rock doors open.Read more ›
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With the 90s dust nicely settling down, things are coming to their true perspective. They were bound to as they always eventually do.
Maybe Nirvana did enjoy most of the spotlight and together with that the legendary status now known to everyone. Maybe Rage against the Machine did become the voice of a generation and did produce the most important political album of all time. Along with these, you'd have your superb Alice in Chains, your Tool, your Ministry and other groups or artists who left a more than important trace in modern music's history.
With all that cosmogonic stuff going on around them, Soundgarden quietly recarved a new niche left behind by people like Led Zeppelin. They added in the mix a heavy psychedelia touch, toned that up with Cornell's rollercoasting voice and the shuttle was on its way.
Soundgarden struggled to perfectionise aforementioned coctail. They flirted with the outskirts of punk sound and were not always on top of their form. Their very last studio LP was a sad exit to an otherwise great career and in other albums there were impressive ups but also puzzling downs.

This is where "A-sides" comes in. While it's not "normal" for such groups to release "Best of"s (which is what A-sides essentially is) in Soundgarden's case i think it's a great move to reintroduce themselves in one piece to those who havent discovered them or to those who want one album that assembles together this group's best songs.
And speaking of best songs there's aton of them here. When soundgarden got their formula right the result was classy and very trippy rock songs and this CD is the overwhelming evidence for it.
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Before bands like Creed, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, etc. were mudding up the airwaves, there was a band from Seattle (no, I'm not talking about Nirvana) who kept their integrity from their indie days even when they won Grammys and had monster hits. This band was Soundgarden, and "A-Sides", a collection of mostly Soundgarden hits, is a nice collection that fans new to the band can use as a nice introduction. Though it is mostly compiled with the singles from later albums, we get songs from the Sub Pop days like "Flower" and "Loud Love". It would have been nice to see some more songs from the Sub Pop releases, but this is ok as we get well known songs (and fan favorites) "Jesus Christ Pose", "Rusty Cage", "Day I Tried to Live", and "Ty Cobb", and we get the monster hits "Outshined", "Black Hole Sun", and "Spoonman". We also get an unreleased track (from the "Down on the Upside" sessions) called "Bleed Together" which is a nice little track but ends too quickly. Being a big fan of Soundgarden no greatest hits package would be perfect, especially without songs like "My Wave", "Like Suicide", "Never the Machine Forever", and "Searching With My Good Eye Closed", all of which would have rounded this package out very nicely, but this is still a nice little collection (at least A&M Records isn't churning out pointless duplicate compilations every other year like Columbia does with Alice in Chains' catalog). All in all, this is a nice little collection that serves well as an introduction to one of the defining bands of the 90's.
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