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  • Audio CD (March 8 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002G2B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
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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

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Japanese only SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2011.


"Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham

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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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This CD wasn't super special to me the first couple of listenings, but I think maybe that was because it seemed of somewhat poor quality and was rather quiet on my CD player. But the last couple of times I listened to it, it absolutely rocked. The musicianship is outstanding. What happened to music like this, that actually has guitar solos that are superb and many of them at that? Kim Thayil is one of the best guitarists I've ever heard and Chris Cornell is the best vocalist of the nineties hands down. This is what I would call the nineties version of true rock and roll. Forget about grunge, this is all out rock. This I would say is the closest thing to rock and roll you can find from the last many years. This in my opinion is no less of what you could call straight rock than bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. This already after just a few listens of where I actually thought it was a tremendous album, has already grown on me so much, that after maybe a few more listens I could possibly place this as the second best CD I've ever heard following closely behind the Foo Fighters second album " The Colour and the Shape".
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Well, it's about time I wrote this review. This is easily in my top 5 albums of all-time. I asked a friend recently: "Of all the albums in your entire history, which do you think you've listened to the most?" I told him that for me it was one of three albums: "Moving Pictures" by Rush, "Diary of a Madman" by Ozzy Osbourne, or "Superunknown" by Soundgarden. I don't care what anyone else says, this is the pinnacle of the grunge era. Not "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Not "Dirt" by Alice in Chains. Those were great, but this album was the peak. For those aching for anything remotely Soundgarden-like, try "Oceanic" by Isis. It has more of a Melvins-meets-Pink Floyd quality to it, but there are many moments during the CD where I exclaimed: "Hey! That song has Soundgarden written all over it!" I asked a friend at work if he owned any Soundgarden. He said, "A-sides" and "Superunknown." I praised him for his good taste, then scolded him for not owning "Badmotorfinger" as well. Anyway, this is a fantastic album. The songs "Kickstand" and "Half" could've been omitted (the first for lacking lyrical continuity with the rest of the album, the second simply for being completely out of place--it sounds like a different band altogether), but the rest is masterpiece material. I've heard it enough times to be sure. Later.
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This album is on the level of some classic 90's albums such as Radiohead's "Ok Computer", RATM's s/t, and Nirvana's "In Utero". I suppose some would consider this to be a Grunge album... but it's far more than just that. "Superunknown" has sheer brilliance written all over it. You can tell a lot of time and effort was put into writing these songs, cause they're all great and unique sounding. There is a dark undertone going on throughout the whole album, notably on the songs "Head Down" and "Black Hole Sun" just to name a few off the top of my head. The guitarwork is amazing, with some awesome grooves and riffs scattered throughout the album, and some sludge-ish stuff going on too, "Mailman" would be an example of that. You might even be reminded of Led Zeppelin here and there. Chris Cornell is simply a great vocalist. That's a given, I shouldn't even have to go into that at all. I don't think I have one complaint about this album. It's just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. If you know what makes a good rock album and haven't heard this one, I'd say you're missing out on a classic. A definitive Grunge album, if not a definitive Rock album. You need to own this.
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