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 - Rusty Cage - UK - 7" picture disc - £18.00, $21.60, €20.16 (New Item) (arrived 06-Feb-2023 11:26)on February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Rusty Cage (1992 UK limited edition 7" Picture Disc single, also including the previously unreleased Touch Me, housed in a clear PVC sleeve AM874)
- Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose - Poster Sleeve - Sealed - UK - 12" vinyl - £40.00, $48.00, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2023 11:52)on February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Jesus Christ Pose (1992 UK limited edition 4-track 12" vinyl EP, also featuring Stray Cat Blues, Into The Void (Sealth) & Somewhere, fold-out poster sleeve. This copy remains factory sealed in the original custom stickered shrinkwrap & is therefore still mint & unplayed AMY862)
- Soundgarden - Pretty Noose - Red vinyl - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $30.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 12:01)on February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Pretty Noose (1996 UK limited edition 2-track RED vinyl 7" single, also includes Jerry Garcia's Finger - previously unreleased in the UK. Housed in an stickered un-numbered picture sleeve - limited to 5000 copies!)
- Soundgarden - Superunknown - Blue Vinyl - Promo Stickered - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £295.00, $354.00, €330.40 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 11:55)on February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Superunknown (Very rare 1994 UK limited edition 16-track 2-LP set pressed on Translucent Blue Vinyl with Promo Copy stickered labels, including the bonus recording She Likes Surprises, housed in a hype-stickered glossy gatefold picture sleeve with 'Promo Copy - Not For Resale' sticker and complete with original lyric inserts. The sleeve displays just a little edge scuffing and grades Excellent, the vinyl is in Mint condition. Highly Recommended)
- Soundgarden - Louder Than Love - Promo Stamp - US - vinyl LP - £125.00, $150.00, €140.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 11:46)on February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Love (Rare 1989 US 12-track vinyl LP, picture sleeve with custom printed parental advisory sticker on the front and gold promotional stamp on the reverse. The second studio album from the grunge pioneers and the last tofeature original bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Includes the singles Loud Love and Hands All Over. The sleeve is Excellent with light wear only, the vinyl is a wonderful Near Mint SP5252)
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