47 Songs, 4 Hours 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soundgarden’s third album found them making a bid for the mainstream. Though often lumped in with other Seattle bands that broke during the early '90s, Soundgarden was always unabashedly classic rock—less a departure from The Doors and Led Zeppelin than a post-punky extension of them, carried in part by the wail of singer Chris Cornell. Poised between the heavy-metal leanings of their earlier albums and their dark commercial peak (1994’s Superunknown), Badmotorfinger found the band sharpening their songs and clarifying their sound, turning piles of sludge and grit into viable radio hits (like “Outshined” and “Rusty Cage”). Here, a remastered edition of the album joins a spate of demos and outtakes, as well as a blistering 1992 live set previously released only on VHS.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soundgarden’s third album found them making a bid for the mainstream. Though often lumped in with other Seattle bands that broke during the early '90s, Soundgarden was always unabashedly classic rock—less a departure from The Doors and Led Zeppelin than a post-punky extension of them, carried in part by the wail of singer Chris Cornell. Poised between the heavy-metal leanings of their earlier albums and their dark commercial peak (1994’s Superunknown), Badmotorfinger found the band sharpening their songs and clarifying their sound, turning piles of sludge and grit into viable radio hits (like “Outshined” and “Rusty Cage”). Here, a remastered edition of the album joins a spate of demos and outtakes, as well as a blistering 1992 live set previously released only on VHS.

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