Friday, December 02, 2016

Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue

In 1991 - the “year punk broke” as Sonic Youth so eloquently put it – three albums exploded into the mainstream, ushering in the “grunge” or alternative rock movement and changing the music scene forever; Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten and Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden.  It was Soundgarden’s second major label album and third altogether and was led by inescapable hits such as “Rusty Cage”, “Outshined” and Jesus Christ Pose”.  Their sound was much heavier and darker than their counterparts at the time but was no less catchy. 
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Badmotorfinger’s release, Soundgarden has recently released perfectly remastered and beautifully repackaged reissues of the album via UMe.  There are several different options including a double vinyl version with an etching on the fourth side, a 2-CD deluxe edition that includes bonus studio outtakes and seven live tracks taken from their legendary 1992 performance at the Paramount.
Additionally, a Super Deluxe edition of the album is available for diehard collectors that consists of 109 Tracks – 79 unreleased tracks, videos and mixes spanning seven discs that include the complete Paramount Theatre concert from March 6, 1992 on 2CDs & DVD and a second DVD with their out of print 1992 home video MOTORVISION along with 11 more previously unreleased performance videos from the era.  Also included is a Blu-ray audio disc with the newly remastered original album mixed in 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound for a studio quality listening experience. 
Everything is packaged in a large box – that should win a Grammy for its packaging - with a battery-powered spinning Badmotorfinger icon and a 52-page booklet featuring new art, photos and commemorative testimonials from fellow musicians and peers.  Along with a 12-inch 3D lenticular litho of the album cover’s icon in silver foil, 8x10 inch photo prints of each band member, and two stickers and an iron-on patch.
It is a perfectly put together set and a proper testament to the album’s importance and lasting legacy.

Listen to the studio outtake of “Rusty Cage” taken from the 25th anniversary edition of Badmotorfinger here:


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