The guitarist was speaking with Music Radar when he was asked about the state of material on the unfinished Soundgarden album.
Thayil replies: “It was demos, but the demo quality was pretty good, because both Chris and Matt Cameron had become very interested in their home recording technique, so they might demo a song, and then Ben Shepherd and I would add our guitars or bass.
“Maybe Matt might play drums to a riff that Chris had recorded – and that would be recorded by one of our engineers or techs.”
He adds: “Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”
Asked what it would take to get hold of the files, Thayil says: “We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.
“But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit.
“It’s been tiring and we can’t move on until some future date when someone realises the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”
Soundgarden’s Live From The Artists Den was released July 26 UMC/Polydor.
It’ll launch on 2CD, 4LP, limited edition 4LP, Blu-ray and as a deluxe box set, featuring the 29-track concert film, with more than 30 minutes of bonus interviews on multiple LP, CD and Blu-ray formats.
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- Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun - stickered pvc - UK - 7" picture disc - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 07-Sep-2021 11:56)on September 20, 2021 at 1:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Black Hole Sun (1994 UK limited edition 3-track 7" Picture Disc single, also including live versions of Beyond The Wheel & My Wave. The disc remains in superb condition within the hype-stickered screen-printed clear PVC sleeve)
- Soundgarden - Burden In My Hand - numbered Club promo - UK - CD single - Promo - £45.00, $62.10, €52.65 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2021 10:02)on September 20, 2021 at 1:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Burden In My Hand (1996 UK promotional-only picture printed CD, housed in a custom individually numbered 'Limited Edition Club Promo' stickered clear wallet sleeve. The sticker displays some light general wear, remains intact and still sealed. This example in sumbered 031! BURDEN1)***Limited to only 300 copies***
- Soundgarden - Ty Cobb - Numbered - EX - UK - CD single - Promo - £25.00, $34.50, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 17:01)on September 20, 2021 at 1:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Ty Cobb (Rare 1996 UK promotional Limited Edition Club Promo CD, custom printed disc housed in an individually numbered custom 'Hard Headed F#ck You All' green stickered sleeve. The sticker has been partially removed on the back where this has been opened, however the sticker on the front remains intact and is numbered 203! TCCD1)***Limited to only 300 copies***
- Soundgarden - Down On The Upside Sampler - UK - CD single - Promo - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 16:56)on September 20, 2021 at 1:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Down On The Upside - 4-Track Album Sampler (1996 UK 4-track promotional-only CD album sample, including Pretty Noose, Burden In My Hand Blow Up The Outside World and Switch Opens, in a thin jewel case with a custom picture sleeveinsert DOTU-1)
- Soundgarden - Blow Up The Outside World - UK - CD single - £6.99, $9.65, €8.18 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 16:53)on September 20, 2021 at 1:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Blow Up The Outside World (1996 UK 2-track CD single including exclusive Moby remix of 'Dusty', thin jewel case with picture sleeve insert)