Career-spanning Chris Cornell boxed set detailed

On November 16th, fans can celebrate the recorded legacy of musical icon and singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, with the 17 track self-titled album, Chris Cornell and a 64 track limited-edition deluxe box set (11 of them unreleased). The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be released by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell on behalf of The Chris Cornell Estate through UMe.

Chris Cornell commemorates his life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. Vicky, worked extensively with Chris’ bandmates and friends to compile a collection of material from the late artist’s expansive career, showcasing his contribution to music history with selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands — Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave — as well as songs from his solo career. She turned to producer Brendan O’Brien, who was a trusted partner to Cornell over the years and Jeff Ament who created the packaging for Chris Cornell.

The first unreleased track, “When Bad Does Good,” was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favorite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin, reminded Vicky of the unreleased song, that she decided to share it with his fans.

“Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world,” says Vicky. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.”

The breadth of all 17 selections on Chris Cornell display the full span of his artistic achievements, from the full-on kick of Soundgarden’s seminal “Black Hole Sun” to the mournful yearning of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” to the sensitive depth of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” to his spot-on solo theme to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, “You Know My Name.” This collection also contains a pair of unreleased recordings: a touching cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” that was cut live at Sirius XM, and “When Bad Does Good.”

The November 16th release will also include a limited-edition 4 CD Deluxe box set of the same name, consisting of 64 tracks total (11 of them unreleased.)

Chris Cornell comes housed in a jewel case with a limited-edition custom die-cut slipcase that showcases Seattle with tree-line graphics on the front and other various cities he lived in throughout his life on the back, a 32-page booklet with many unreleased photos, and liner notes from bandmates and colleagues Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Mike McCready, and Brendan O’Brien. The 180-g 2 LP edition comes in a gatefold jacket with similar limited-edition slipcase graphics, a 12-page booklet, and the aforementioned liner notes, while the 4 CD limited-edition box boasts a further expanded 54-page booklet.

Additionally, a limited-edition Super Deluxe 4 CD, DVD, and 180-gram 7 LP box set is set for release on November 16th. The Super Deluxe edition holds 88 tracks — 64 songs plus 24 videos, with 13 entries (11 audio + 2 video) previously unreleased overall. Also included in the Super Deluxe box are a 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with a red foil signature cover, three artist lithos, three photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell’s lyrical fascination about the sun (images are brought to life by holding under direct sunlight), a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36×48-inch wall poster.

The box set’s ten unreleased live performances include Cornell’s duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on “Wild World” and another duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley’s indelible classic, “Redemption Song.” Temple of the Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion/first-ever-official tour in 2016 is highlighted with hometown performances of “Reach Down” and the Andy Wood/Mother Love Bone favorite “Stargazer,” Chris’ personal arrangement of “One” featuring the lyrics to Metallica’s song set to the music of U2’s song of same name, and a first ever album release of Audioslave’s 2005 ground-breaking performance on Cuban soil of “Show Me How To Live.” Also in 2016, one of Chris’ personal career-topping moments was performing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London where he covered The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life.” Three additional live selections from Sweden in 2006 include “Wide Awake,” “All Night Thing” Fgorand Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You” are from the very first show ever where Cornell performed by himself with an acoustic guitar in front of an audience which became the creative spark for his future, highly successful Songbook tours. Two unreleased music videos spotlight a solo acoustic performance of “Scream” and the newly edited Soundgarden video “Live To Rise,” showcasing the band only without The Avengers movie footage included.

CD | 2 LP | 4 CD | 4 CD/DVD/7 LP

CD 1:
1. Hunted Down [Soundgarden]
2. Kingdom of Come [Soundgarden]
3. Flower [Soundgarden]
4. All Your Lies [Soundgarden]
5. Loud Love [Soundgarden]
6. Hands All Over [Soundgarden]
7. Say Hello 2 Heaven [Temple of the Dog]
8. Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
9. Outshined [Soundgarden]
10. Rusty Cage [Soundgarden]
11. Seasons
12. Hey Baby (Land Of The New Rising Sun) [M.A.C.C.]
13. Black Hole Sun [Soundgarden]
14. Spoonman [Soundgarden]
15. Dusty [Soundgarden]
16. Burden In My Hand [Soundgarden]
CD 2:
1. Sunshower
2. Sweet Euphoria
3. Can’t Change Me
4. Like A Stone [Audioslave]
5. Cochise [Audioslave]
6. Be Yourself [Audioslave]
7. Doesn’t Remind Me [Audioslave]
8. Revelations [Audioslave]
9. Shape Of Things To Come [Audioslave]
10. You Know My Name
11. Billie Jean
12. Long Gone (Rock Version)
13. Scream
14. Part Of Me (Steve Aoki Remix)
15. Ave Maria (with Eleven)
CD 3:
1. Promise [Slash featuring Chris Cornell]
2. Whole Lotta Love [Santana featuring Chris Cornell]
3. Call Me A Dog (Live Acoustic)
4. Imagine (Live Acoustic)
5. I Am The Highway (Live Acoustic)
6. The Keeper
7. Been Away Too Long [Soundgarden]
8. Live To Rise [Soundgarden]
9. Lies [Gabin with Chris Cornell & Ace]
10. Misery Chain [with Joy Williams]
11. Storm [Soundgarden]
12. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
13. Only These Words
14. Our Time In The Universe
15. ’Til The Sun Comes Back Around
16. Stay With Me Baby
17. The Promise
18. When Bad Does Good**
CD 4:
1. Into The Void (Sealth) (Live at the Paramount) [Soundgarden]
2. Mind Riot (Live at the Paramount) [Soundgarden]
3. Nothing To Say (Live in Seattle) [Soundgarden]
4. Jesus Christ Pose (Live in Oakland) [Soundgarden]
5. Show Me How To Live (Live in Cuba) [Audioslave]*
6. Wide Awake (Live in Sweden)**
7. All Night Thing (Live in Sweden)**
8. Nothing Compares 2 U (Live at Sirius XM)**
9. One (Live at Beacon Theatre)**
10. Reach Down (Live at the Paramount) [Temple of the Dog]**
11. Stargazer (Live at the Paramount) [Temple of the Dog]**
12. Wild World (Live at Pantages Theatre) [Yusuf/Cat Stevens with Chris Cornell]**
13. A Day In The Life (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)**
14. Redemption Song (Live at Beacon Theatre) [with Toni Cornell]**
15. Thank You (Live in Sweden)
DVD:
1. Flower [Soundgarden]
2. Loud Love [Soundgarden]
3. Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
4. Outshined [Soundgarden]
5. Jesus Christ Pose [Soundgarden]
6. Black Hole Sun [Soundgarden]
7. Fell On Black Days [Soundgarden]
8. Burden In My Hand [Soundgarden]
9. Can’t Change Me
10. Preaching The End Of The World
11. Like A Stone [Audioslave]
12. Cochise [Audioslave]
13. Show Me How To Live [Audioslave]
14. Be Yourself [Audioslave]
15. Original Fire [Audioslave]
16. Arms Around Your Love
17. No Such Thing
18. Part Of Me (featuring Timbaland)
19. Long Gone (Rock Version)
20. Scream (Acoustic)**
21. Live To Rise [Soundgarden]**
22. By Crooked Steps [Soundgarden]
23. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart (Lyric Video)
24. The Promise

Author: Buddy Iahn

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