A previously unreleased song by Chris Cornell, called “When Bad Does Good,” arrived late Thursday night (September 20th) along with details of a career retrospective of the late singer that will be released on November 16th. The set, simply titled Chris Cornell, will come as both a 17-song album and in a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set featuring 11 previously unheard recordings.
The set will feature songs from all three of Cornell’s bands — Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog — along with songs from his solo career. The first unreleased track, “When Bad Does Good,” was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. According to a press release, the track was a favorite of Cornell’s and its existence was recalled by the singer’s good friend, actor Josh Brolin.
Cornell told us before his passing that he always hoped younger Soundgarden fans would discover the group’s early music: [“We had enough commercial success that if you’re a young rock fan, you’re going to hear about us, but we have a lot of fairly obscure music that can be discovered by those fans, and I think that that’s pretty cool ’cause that was what was exciting to me as a teenager, that was what made me passionate about rock music. It wasn’t what was played on the radio so much as it was digging deep into some band’s catalog and finding stuff that you’d never heard on the radio.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . that’s really great.)
Both the 17-song edition and the 64-track limited-edition four-CD deluxe box set will feature packaging designed by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, as well as a booklet containing previously unseen photos plus liner notes from Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, Audioslave’s Tom Morello, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and producer Brendan O’Brien.
Additionally, a limited-edition super deluxe set will contain four CDs, one DVD, and seven 180-gram vinyl LPs. In addition to the 64 tracks, this version will contain 24 videos — including two previously unreleased clips — 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, a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36×48-inch wall poster.
Cornell committed suicide in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th, 2017, shortly after completing a show with Soundgarden. He was 52 years old.
Story source: press release
SIDE NOTES: Among the set’s unreleased live performances are Cornell’s duet with Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens on “Wild World,” a duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” performances from Temple Of The Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion show in Seattle, Cornell’s personal arrangement of “One” featuring the lyrics to Metallica’s song set to the music of U2’s song, three tunes from Cornell’s very first solo acoustic gig in 2006, and more.