The seven unreleased tracks that Chris Cornell recorded in the months prior to his death are to finally see the light of day. The songs, recorded at the late frontman’s home studio in Florida in 2017, have been at the centre of a legal battle between Soundgarden and Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell. The news was confirmed in a statement posted on Cornell’s Instagram account.
“Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out of court resolution,” read the statement. “The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on.
“The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honour and build upon Soundgarden’s incredible legacy as well as Chris’s indelible mark on music history – as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time.”
The legal battle centred around the status of the seven songs, with Vicky Cornell claiming they were not explicitly written with Soundgarden in mind, and the band countering that much of the material stemmed from group writing and recording sessions as long ago as 2015.
With agreement now reached, the seven songs – Cancer and Stone Age Mind (written by Cornell); Road Less Traveled, Orphans and At Ophians Door (written with drummer Matt Cameron); Ahead Of The Dog (with guitarist Kim Thayil); and Merrmas (with bassist Ben Shepherd) – can now be released.
Last July, Vicky Cornell revealed that her late husband had been planning to record something a little different before his death.
“He was a huge Adele fan,” she told SiriusXM. “And I mean, he just admired her and thought she was just one of those, I mean – I think we can all agree – one of the greatest. And he was completely in awe of her Tiny Desk performance, the entire thing.
“And the next thing he was scheduled to go into the studio to do was cover of the entire Tiny Desk. That’s what he was planning on going in to do next.”
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- Soundgarden - A-Sides - 180gm - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £29.99, $37.19, €34.79 (New Item) (arrived 25-Apr-2023 16:03)on June 7, 2023 at 4:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN A-Sides - 180gm (2018 UK 17-track double LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl. Originally released in 1997, this compilation includes Black Hole Sun, Jesus Christ Pose, Spoonman, Rusty Cage and more. The gatefold sleeve has mild ringwear from storage and both discs appear seldom played)
- Soundgarden - Spoonman - Clear Vinyl + Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $37.20, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 07-Mar-2023 16:56)on June 7, 2023 at 4:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Spoonman (1994 UK limited edition 4-track 12" single pressed on Clear Vinyl with picture labels, taken from the brilliant album 'Superunknown', also includes Cold Bitch, Fresh Tendrils & Exit Stonehenge, housed in a die-cut title printed sleeve. The sleeve has just some light edge wear whilst the vinyl shows minimal signs of play)
- Soundgarden - Rusty Cage - UK - 12" vinyl - £50.00, $62.00, €58.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 11:31)on June 7, 2023 at 4:51 pm
SOUNDGARDEN Rusty Cage (1992 UK limited edition 3-track 12" vinyl single, also includes Touch Me and Show Me, limited to 5000 copies only, in a sealed un-numbered World Tour poster sleeve! This copy is brand new original stock from a recent warehouse find, untouched for the past 30 years! As this item has remained sealed for so long it has bowed and caused the poster to ripple AMY723)
- Soundgarden - Louder Than Love - Promo Stamp - US - vinyl LP - £125.00, $155.00, €145.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 11:46)on June 7, 2023 at 4:51 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)
- Soundgarden - Pretty Noose - Red vinyl - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $31.00, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Dec-2022 12:01)on June 7, 2023 at 4:51 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!)
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