Soundgarden to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Superunknown LP
On March 8, 1994, Seattle rock band Soundgarden released their critically acclaimed fourth full length album, Superunknown, on A&M Records. An immediate #1 in the US, it earned the band two GRAMMY Awards, and sold millions of records worldwide. The record yielded such iconic tracks as “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” and “Fell on Black Days.“ The LP that was often considered Soundgarden’s masterpiece helped redefine alternative rock and influenced the course of music history.
This year, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album with a special reissue in two deluxe versions outlined below and available on June 2, 2014 internationally via A&M/USM and June 3 in the US on A&M/UMe.
The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along a consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring all of the above as well as a fifth disc, which is the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork designed by Josh Graham. It also features never before seen band photography by Kevin Westerberg. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 180-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, the Superunknown singles and associated B-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19th, as a set of five limited edition 10" vinyl records.
“Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” won GRAMMY Awards in 1995, when Superunknown was also nominated for Best Rock Album. The album has also been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US and has sold around 9 million copies worldwide, making it the band’s most commercially successful release. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties. Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide.
The band released their first studio album in 16 years, King Animal, in November 2012 to widespread critical acclaim and it debuted as the #1 Rock Album in the US. Co-produced by the band and Adam Kasper at Studio X in Seattle, it was released via Loma Vista/Republic. The first single, “Been Away Too Long,” reached #1 on both Active and Rock format charts. This year, the band announced that they will be headlining the Sasquatch Festival in the US's Pacific Northwest over July 4th weekend.