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Soundgarden - A-Sides

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
11/04/1997
Artist
Soundgarden
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
A&M
Duration
01:18:42

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For an act that was one of the definitive album artists of the late '80s and '90s, Soundgarden was a surprisingly effective singles band. Their singles effectively conveyed all of their best ideas, from their sludgy early Sub Pop recordings to the elaborate, post-metal psychedelia of their last two albums, Superunknown and Down on the Upside. That's the reason why the 17-track compilation A-Sides is such a successful overview of the band's too-brief career. Most of their peers wouldn't be well represented by a compilation that concentrated solely on singles, but Soundgarden are, because their singles do capture what they're all about. There are many great songs left off A-Sides, from "Big Dumb Sex" to "My Wave," but it's hard to argue with what's here. Each single from every album -- from the 1987 debut EP Screaming Life through SST's Ultramega OK, to their four records for A&M -- is here, with the Down on the Upside outtake "Bleed Together" added as an enticement for collectors. Almost every one of the group's best-known songs are here, including "Hands All Over," "Loud Love," "Jesus Christ Pose," "Outshined," "Rusty Cage," "Black Hole Sun," "The Day I Tried to Live," "Spoonman," "Fell on Black Days," "Pretty Noose," "Burden in My Hand," and "Blow Up the Outside World," resulting in a near-definitive summary of one of the most important and influential bands of the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Nothing to Say (03:58)
2) Flower (03:28)
3) Loud Love (04:57)
4) Hands All Over (06:02)
5) Get on the Snake (03:45)
6) Jesus Christ Pose (05:52)
7) Outshined (05:12)
8) Rusty Cage (04:27)
9) Spoonman (04:08)
10) The Day I Tried to Live (05:21)
11) Black Hole Sun (05:20)
12) Fell on Black Days (04:42)
13) Pretty Noose (04:13)
14) Burden in My Hand (04:52)
15) Blow Up the Outside World (05:47)
16) Ty Cobb (03:08)
17) Bleed Together (03:51)

Album
A-Sides
Publisher
Universal Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
A-Sides | Soundgarden