When Soundgarden emerged from the burgeoning Seattle music scene of the late 1980s, they were hailed as grunge rock innovators. Buttressed by Chris Cornell’s four-octave vocal range, Kim Thayil’s one-man guitar army, and the unmatchable in-tandem rhythm section of bassist Ben Shepherd and ace drummer Matt Cameron, the band went on to release a series of groundbreaking, best-selling rock albums.
This year, Soundgarden celebrates their 35th anniversary, marking the occasion with a year-long commemoration of that iconic catalogue. A&M/UMe have announced an Album of the Month series in conjunction with The Sound of Vinyl, with the plan to re-issue a different Soundgarden album on limited-edition color vinyl each month.
The series launches in April with the release of the 1994 album, Superunknown. Marking 25 years since the album’s initial release, the limited edition reissue features audio from the 2014 remaster on heavyweight 180-gram translucent red and orange vinyl.
Superunknown originally debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and has since sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone. The album features the grunge-rock anthem “Black Hole Sun,” as well as “Fell On Black Days,” “Spoonman,” and “The Day I Tried To Live,” among others.
The Album of the Month vinyl series, which will also include Down On the Upside, Badmotorfinger, Louder Than Love and King Animal, is available as a bundle or individually at soundgarden35.com
Soundgarden formed in 1984 in Seattle, Washington. They initially dissolved in 1997 and re-formed in 2010. Frontman and founding member Chris Cornell died by suicide in May of 2017 at the age of 52.