It’s been a little over a year since Chris Cornell passed away, and the rock and roll world hasn’t been the same. For decades, his unmistakable voice and presence lifted the music he released, either with Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog or as a solo act.
On November 16, a special album titled simply Chris Cornell (pre-order here) will be released celebrating his unforgettable career — as a 17-track single album and an expanded, 64-track set featuring 11 previously unreleased songs.
One of those songs is “When Bad Does Good,” which was produced, recorded and mixed by Cornell alone. The song, a favorite of his that didn’t see the light of day until now, was found in his personal archives. His friend Josh Brolin reminded Chris’ wife, Vicky, of the unreleased song.
Stream it below:
Just a beatiful track putting his powerful voice on full display, as it was meant to be heard.
Here’s the track listing for the standard edition of the album:
1.Loud Love [Soundgarden]
3.Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
5.Black Hole Sun [Soundgarden]
6.Can’t Change Me
7.Like A Stone [Audioslave]
8.Be Yourself [Audioslave]
9.You Know My Name
11.Long Gone (Rock Version)
12.Call Me A Dog (Live Acoustic)
13.Been Away Too Long [Soundgarden]
14.Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
15.Nothing Compares 2 U (Live at Sirius XM)**
17.When Bad Does Good
****Denotes previously unreleased material
More on the special album:
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.
As for the Super Deluxe editions (more info at Cornell’s official site):
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 180g 2LP edition comes in a gatefold jacket with similar limited-edition slipcase graphics, a 12-page booklet, and the aforementioned liner notes, while the 4CD limited-edition box boasts a further expanded 54-page booklet.
Additionally, a limited-edition Super Deluxe 4CD, 1DVD, and 180-gram 7LP box set is set for release on November 16. 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” and Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You” are from the very first show ever where Chris 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.