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Screaming Life / Fopp [Import]

Soundgarden Audio CD
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1. Hunted Down
2. Entering
3. Tears To Forget
4. Nothing To Say
5. Little Joe
6. Hand Of God
7. Knigdom Of Come
8. Swallow My Pride
9. Fopp
10. Fopp (Dub)

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Out of print in the U.S.! Soundgarden's first two EPs combined together on one CD, originally released in 1990. Fronted by Chris Cornell, Soundgarden's blend of Classic Rock, Metal and Grunge helped jumpstart a Rock revolution in the early '90s. Alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden remain one of the finest bands to emerge from and transcend the influential Grunge scene. 10 tracks including 'Hunted Down', 'Nothing To Say' and 'Swallow My Pride'. Warner.


En matière de grunge, Soundgarden ne peut être taxé d'opportuniste suiveur. En effet, bien avant que le mouvement ne connaisse, en 1991, une immense popularité grâce au tube planétaire "Smells Like Teen Spirit" de Nirvana, Soundgarden s'attelait déjà à peaufiner son rock lourdement hypnotique et, comme pour beaucoup de groupes réunis sous la bannière du genre, fortement influencé par le hard de Black Sabbath et Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti notamment. Screaming Life parut en 1988 sur Sub Pop, label phare du mouvement qui, au départ, n'était qu'un fanzine de passionnés. Chris Cornell, leader du groupe, y hurle sa vindicte avec une hargne dont la virtuosité évoque Robert Plant. Avec Ultramega O.K. publié par SST, autre écurie hardcore jusqu'au boutiste, Screaming Life demeure la pierre angulaire de l'oeuvre de Soundgarden qui, progressivement, se diluera sur la major A&M. Plus heavy metal que franchement grunge, cet album séminal a ouvert la voie à une papardelle de combos dont Alice In Chains et Mudhoney. --Hervé Comte

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3.0 out of 5 stars For those who have the other albums... July 3 2004
By seth
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps not the ideal release for those who are yet uninitiated with Soundgarden, in my opinion the best band to emerge from the Seattle crucible in the late 80s/early 90s, but nonetheless a worthwhile purchase given the price. Seemingly against the grain of opinion from earlier reviews, I prefer the Fopp EP over Screaming Life - Fopp itself being one of my favourite Soundgarden songs and criminally left off the 'A-sides' compilation (which is puzzling given the fact that it was an A-side track, though the A-side 'My Wave' from superunknown was treated similarly).
If you are new to Soundgarden, then I suggest you begin with 'A-sides' or, if like me you are averse to buying greatest hits albums, then Superunknown. If you own all the other albums and are are still passionate about the music, for the price Screaming Life/Fopp is a worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nov. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
No matter what anyone says, this is an absolutely awesome record, especially considering it's the first record Soundgarden put out. Screaming Life is clearly the highlight of the two EPs, so I'll talk about that first.
A lot of people insult the scratchy, almost "ghetto" sound of the songs on this record, but if you bought it on vinyl, you'd know that that's just a result of the cd not being digitally remastered. You CAN'T hold that against the band. What's left beneath that is some absolutely gorgeous music. Nothing to Say, Hunted Down, and Entering are some of the best Soundgarden songs ever written, and in my opinion, some of the best rock songs ever written. In those songs there is undeniable skill from all sides--vocals, drums, bass, and guitar. What more could you ask for?
Now the Fopp EP...Soundgarden had this tendency to make fun of things via imitation, but then at the end it looked like they were serious (take "Big Dumb Sex" on Louder than Love for example). Fopp is the same way...it's a joke. Swallow My Pride, on the other hand, is a classic grunge song, written by Green River. Half of the bands that matter have covered it, so it's only proper that Soundgarden did too.
In all fairness, I can see why some "Soungarden fans" don't like this. But if you fall in that category, take a step back and acknowledge that you're just a casual Soungarden listener, because any real fan knows that this record is genuine, unfiltered Soundgarden. Maybe you should go give Audioslave a shot instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana Shmirvana: This is the real McCoy Nov. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
People heap a lot of manure on early Soundgarden, and for me it isn't justified. The music in real need of a good kick up the proverbial is that of the Pixies and more significantly Nirvana, who only really acheived cult status because of the never the less tragic death of Kurt Cobain.
For a debut EP, as the cliche goes, this really isn't all that bad. To someone elses ears, I hope. But to me, it is absolutely amazing. Soundgarden were obviously four men with a lot of anger inside them, and they really let it out, allowing for the darker, brooding yet equally great work on UltraMegaOK. From the pounding distortion of Hunted Down, onto the frenetic, blistering punk of Entering and Tears to Forget, the first three songs of Screaming Life allow Soundgarden to get a lot of their stomachs, whether it be in Cornells raging but coherent lyrics, Thayils aggressive but dexterous guitar work, or Camerons powerful and inventive drumming. Then comes the atmospheric heaviness of Nothing to Say, and one of the most interesting rhythms I've ever come across as a drummer, combined with the intricate guitar solo and almost narrative vocal style of Little Joe. The frenetic and scratchy rhythmic guitar and lyrics of Hand of God bring the first EP to a regrettable end, as then three cover versions overshadow the twisty pyscho-delia of Kingdom of Come.
Some may critise the lack of variety of this album, but surely when you compare it to 'Nu Metal' you have to admit that at least Soundgarden displayed genuine attitude and defiance, and the lyrics are cerebral at the same time as being angry. What it may lack in melodic structure, it makes up for in atmosphere, and you can hardly claim that Soundgarden were just a mere 4 chord band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I waited on this one.. March 12 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After going through SERIOUS Soundgarden withdrawal, I had to finally pick this one up...I was not expecting much with this being a first release (an an EP, at that). BOY WAS I SURPRIZED ! The energy from LOUDER THAN LOVE and BADMOTORFINGER was always here ! You can hear the rawness and punk influence that Soundgarden began with, but it still leaves you wanting to hear more !
HUNTED DOWN, ENTERING, TEARS TO FORGET are all hard rockers. NOTHING TO SAY is classic Soundgarden stuff with its heavy riffs... SWALLOW MY PRIDE is 70s-type of rock...WOW ! GOOD STUFF !
IF ANYTHING, check out Chris Cornell actully RAPPING in the humorous LITTLE JOE...Yes, I said RAPPING !
Soundgarden does it all...and does it all well. NOW what am I gonna do ? Wait for another solo project from Chris, I suppose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Whopper of a debut re-release. April 23 2000
By niki
Format:Audio CD
The "Screaming Life" EP is just awesome, while the four songs from the "FOPP" EP can be labled goofy at the least insulting. And, obviously, that's how they were intended to be. No band loops Godzilla-roars through a song in seriousness. Soundgarden were out from the beginning to make you snicker and poke your friend in the ribs, "Did you get that one?"
The breakneck speedpunk of "Tears to Forget" and religious denouncement in the scratchy-riff of "Hand of God" show their talent was already blooming. All signs point to their future originality, particularly in "Nothing to Say," the standout of the CD. Heavy as HELL, with those mysteriously soaring vocals better than anything Plant ever wailed. SL/Fopp is not a CD for everyone, but a must for the hardcore fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Screaming Life/Fopp
The first half of this CD (Screaming Life EP) is ideal early Soundgarden--a little rough around the edges, but it has some good metal tracks ("Hand of God" has some of... Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars A BEGINNING
there is a reason early soundgarden is, well early soundgarden. the material is weak. the production is raw and gritty while the band is just starting to blossom. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Daniel J. Hagerman
2.0 out of 5 stars One keeper
This is the birth of my favorite grunge band, but I'd have to say that the only song worth hearing more than once here is "Nothing to Say. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by "michael_ellis_"
4.0 out of 5 stars Total F-ing Godhead!
This CD is very good, considering it's a first release. It's not like the crap that came out of Seattle in the 90s, which I hate. This is darker. Read more
Published on April 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds of Brilliance Have Been Laid
This is a combination of Soundgarden's first two EP's and obviously isn't Soundgarden's finest work, however for the young and immature band they were at the time they certainly... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2000 by Colin
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I waited on this one...........
After going through SERIOUS Soundgarden withdrawal, I had to finally pick this one up...I was not expecting much with this being a first release (an an EP, at that). Read more
Published on July 4 2000 by TA
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sub-Pop
Although Soundgarden isn't truely grunge (See Melvins). This album is Soundgarden at its rawest. Don't get me wrong. This is a classic and its Soundgarden at its best. Read more
Published on May 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden's stange,noisy arrival
As a huge Soundgarden fan,this cd is an interesting listen for me.It was perhaps not only Soundgarden's first release but the first release of the modern rock era. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 1999
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