Soundgarden re-issue their seminal LP ‘Superunknown’ 20 years after first release

’90s grunge-rockers Soundgarden‘s fourth album (only their second to have actually been released in the ’90s) Superunknown (1994) has been reissued by the band to mark its 20th year anniversary. In that time, the original has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has sold around 9 million copies worldwide, making it the band’s most commercially successful album. ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Spoonman’ won Grammy Awards in 1995, when the album was also nominated for Best Rock Album. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and 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.

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Superunknown: the Super Deluxe Edition of the reissued version in all its glory

The reissue comes in two deluxe versions and will be available on June 2, 2014 via A&M Records/USM. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc 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.

Last night, the band – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron – made available a never-before-heard rehearsal version of album track ‘The Day I Tried To Live‘. You can listen to the track on Soundcloud here:

Or revisit the classic Soundgarden hit, ‘Black Hole Sun’, below. Ah, the memories…: