Given the recent legal tussles between the family of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and the surviving members of the celebrated Seattle grunge rockers, there has been some debate as to whether the final recordings made by the quartet would ever emerge. But in a new interview with USA Today, Cornell’s wife Vicky says that everything the singer recorded, including those unreleased Soundgarden tracks, will be given an official release, at some point in the future.
“All of Chris’ music, including Soundgarden, will see the light of day,” she states.
Questions over the fate of the last set of Soundgarden recordings entered the public realm in December 2019, when Vicky Cornell filed legal papers against Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron claiming the band were withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from her family.
The documents also described an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away,” with US gossip site TMZ reporting that the rights to seven specific recordings lay at the heart of the dispute.
Soundgarden reportedly reached out to Vicky Cornell following the move, saying that prior to Cornell’s death in May 2017, they had been “working on the files in a collaborative effort,” adding, “The entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity.”
Tensions between the two camps soured further in May this year, when Soundgarden counter-sued Vicky Cornell. In legal papers filed at the US District Court of the Southern District of Florida, the band denied “every material contention lobbed by Vicky Cornell, who filed her Complaint – rashly and without good cause – with the true purpose of extorting Soundgarden into conceding rights to which she is not legally entitled, and of coercing Soundgarden to prematurely distribute Soundgarden funds to her.”
Soundgarden also alleged that money raised at the I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell charity concert at The Forum in Los Angeles on January 16, 2019, was used by Vicky for “personal purposes for herself and her family.”
Now, speaking with USA Today, after the surprise release of Cornell’s covers album, No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vicky Cornell insists that all the singer’s unreleased tapes will emerge in due course.
Asked if there might be more unreleased music from Chris that could ‘see the light of day’, Cornell said: “Yes. All of Chris’ music, including Soundgarden, will see the light of day because there’s nothing in the world that lifts me most than sharing Chris’ gifts, having people speak his name, and having his music out there. He’s alive that way and his legacy lives on. So it’s the most important thing to me, seeing how much people love him, miss him, respect him, and how much we want more of his music out there. So everything will be released.”
Speaking about No One Sings Like You Anymore, Cornell told USA Today: “This record showcases Chris’ vocal abilities and the breadth of what he was able to do. There’s a reason why he is one of the greatest voices of his time. What’s really special about this is you get to see a different side of Chris. It gives you a glimpse into his world and lets you see him as a fan. Fans have their playlists and this would maybe be Chris’ (playlist): what resonated with him personally, and what he thought could be fun and add his stamp on.”
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- Soundgarden - Louder Than Love - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $125.40, €112.10 (New Item) (arrived 15-Oct-2021 17:13)on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Love (Original 1989 UK A&M label issue 12-track vinyl LP, including Hands All Over, Loud Love and Big Dumb Sex. The glossy picture sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played. A fantastic example AMA5252)
- Soundgarden - Burden In My Hand - numbered Club promo - UK - CD single - Promo - £45.00, $59.40, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jun-2021 10:02)on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 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 - Down On The Upside Sampler - UK - CD single - Promo - £15.00, $19.80, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 16:56)on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 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, $9.23, €8.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 16:53)on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 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)
- Soundgarden - A-Sides Sampler - UK - CD single - Promo - £15.00, $19.80, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2021 16:52)on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 am
SOUNDGARDEN A-Sides Sampler (1997 UK 4-track promotional-only sampler CD for their 17-track definitive collection CD album, featuring Hands All Over, Jesus Christ Pose, Black Hole Sun and Blow Up The Outside World, custom picture sleeve SAS1)
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