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Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
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Album: Badmotorfinger [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rusty Cage
2)    Outshined
3)    Slaves & Bulldozers
4)    Jesus Christ Pose
5)    Face Pollution
6)    Somewhere
7)    Searching with My Good Eye Closed
8)    Room a Thousand Years Wide
9)    Mind Riot
10)    Drawing Flies
11)    Holy Water
12)    New Damage
1)    Rusty Cage [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
2)    Outshined [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
3)    Slaves & Bulldozers [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
4)    Jesus Christ Pose [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
5)    Face Pollution [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
6)    Somewhere [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
7)    Room a Thousand Years Wide [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
8)    Holy Water [Studio Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
9)    New Damage [Studio Outtake]
10)    Searching with My Good Eye Closed [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
11)    Drawing Flies [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
12)    Face Pollution [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
13)    Rusty Cage [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
14)    Outshined [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
15)    Mind Riot [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
16)    Jesus Christ Pose [Live at the Paramount] - (previously unreleased, live)
 
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Performer Notes
  • BADMOTORFINGER was reissued briefly with a limited-edition bonus disc titled S.O.M.M.S, featuring B-sides and one live track.
  • Soundgarden: Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar); Kim Thayil (guitar); Matt Ben Shepherd (bass); Matt Cameron (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Damon Stewart (spoken vocals); Scott Granlund (saxophone); Ernst Long (trumpet).
  • Recorded at Studio D, Sausalito, California and Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville, Washington in 1991.
  • Personnel: Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar); Kim Thayil (guitar); Matt Cameron (drums).
  • Recording information: A&M Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1991); Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville, WA (1991); Studio D, Sausalito, CA (1991).
  • Photographer: Michael Lavine.
  • Bidding for a popular breakthrough with their second major-label album, Soundgarden suddenly developed a sense of craft, with the result that Badmotorfinger became far and away their most fully realized album to that point. Pretty much everything about Badmotorfinger is a step up from its predecessors -- the production is sharper and the music more ambitious, while the songwriting takes a quantum leap in focus and consistency. In so doing, the band abolish the murky meandering that had often plagued them in the past, turning in a lean, muscular set that signaled their arrival in rock's big leagues. Conventional wisdom has it that despite platinum sales, Badmotorfinger got lost amid the blockbuster success of Nevermind and Ten (all were released around the same time). But the fact is that, though they're all great records, Badmotorfinger is much less accessible by comparison. Not that it isn't melodic, but it also sounds twisted and gnarled, full of dissonant riffing, impossible time signatures, howling textural solos, and weird, droning tonalities. It's surprisingly cerebral and arty music for a band courting mainstream metal audiences, but it attacks with scientific precision. Part of that is due to the presence of new bassist Ben Shepherd, who gives the band its thickest rhythmic foundation yet -- and, moreover, immediately shoulders the departed Hiro Yamamoto's share of songwriting duties. But it's apparent that the whole band has greatly expanded the scope of its ambitions. And Badmotorfinger fulfills them, pulling all the different threads of the band's sound together into a mature, confident, well-written record. This is heavy, challenging hard rock full of intellectual sensibility and complex band interplay. And with their next album, Soundgarden would learn how to make it fully accessible to mainstream audiences as well. [The 2016 reissue of Soundgarden's breakthrough Badmotorfinger arrives in two separate formats: a double-CD set that contains a disc of outtakes and live performances. Apart from "New Damage," which features Queen's Brian May on guitar, all the studio outtakes are unproduced early takes on the album, which are interesting but not as powerful as the finished record. The live material is better, capturing the band's aggression and muscle, and having the complete show on the Super Deluxe edition -- both on CD and DVD -- is nice.] ~ Steve Huey
Professional Reviews
Spin (10/91) - Highly Recommended - "..many credit the band with what has become known as the Seattle sound...[Soundgarden] stomps all over these tunes..."

Melody Maker (12/91) - Ranked #27 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991 - "The sound of the 70s hacked up and reassembled in the 90s."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "With a more metal approach than many of their peers, it's a complex, dark piece of work..."
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