Thursday, November 17, 2016

Temple Of The Dog – 25th Anniversary Reissue

Temple Of The Dog, the Seattle supergroup consisting of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer for both bands, Matt Cameron; released their one and only eponymous album – led by the standout single, “Hunger Strike” - back in April of 1991, a whole six months before Pearl Jam’s Ten and Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger were unleashed upon the world and the “grunge” movement took over the airwaves. 
In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary, the band recently reunited and is currently on a sold out tour – after previously only playing a handful of shows in Seattle in 1990.  Additionally, they have reissued their debut album - via UMe - which has been updated with a new mix from longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien and is packaged in a couple of configurations including a deluxe two-CD set, a single CD and a double-LP. 
For the die-hard collectors there is a four-disc Super Deluxe edition which includes: 7 demos - 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn't make final album sessions: "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat" as well as 5 studio outtakes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – "Say Hello 2 Heaven", "Reach Down", "Pushin Forward Back", "Wooden Jesus" and "All Night Thing".  Also included are a Blu-ray audio disc with a studio-worthy 5.1 sound mix and a DVD with rare, previously unseen and unreleased live performances including, their surprise Lollapalooza performance.  Everything is beautifully packaged in a magnetic flip top box that includes a booklet with lyrics as well as new liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and a lenticular sticker and poster.  A true “must have” for fans of the band!

Watch “Hunger Strike” here:


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