Monday, June 24, 2019

Soundgarden – 35th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

Soundgarden, the Seattle grunge pioneers, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band this year, having formed in 1984.  In celebration, A&M/UMe in conjunction with The Sound of Vinyl have begun an album of the month series, reissuing Soundgarden’s multi-platinum and genre-defining albums on limited edition color vinyl. 

The first three albums in the series includes their breakthrough 1991 album, Badmotorfinger, pressed unto 2 LPs of 180g marbled red and dark purple vinyl, along with an amazing, removable lenticular cover and an etching on the fourth side.  The set also features remastered audio from the album’s 25th anniversary reissue in 2016.   
Next, 1994’s mainstream masterpiece, Superunknown - celebrating its own 25th anniversary this year - is a 2LP set pressed unto 180g translucent red and orange vinyl that matches the album artwork and features remastered audio from the original analog tapes in 2014 and a lyric booklet.   
Finally, 1996’s Down On The Upside, also a 2LP set, is pressed onto 180g vinyl that is a stunning swirled orange and marbled lavender colorway. 
There is much more to come from Soundgarden’s 35th anniversary celebration this year so stay tuned!    
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In honor, here are three of my favorite Soundgarden tracks, one from each of these three albums.
Soundgarden – “Rusty Cage” from Badmotorfinger:

Soundgarden – “The Day I Tried To Live” from Superunknown:

Soundgarden – “Blow Up The Outside World” from Down On The Upside:


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