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Echo of Miles—trip through Soundgarden’s infamous Seattle sound

by Nicola Barker
Issue No. 2432

US rock band Soundgarden have released a new three-CD album of rare and unreleased material.

Soundgarden was one of the bands that was instrumental in making the “Seattle sound”, better known as grunge.  

Most bands that the industry labels as “grunge”, such as Nirvana, came later. 

The first disc is packed with rare B-sides and tracks recorded for compilations in the 1990s. 

On the other discs there are old covers to enjoy, including a brilliant take on the Doors’ Waiting for the Sun. 

They also include recordings from sessions with DJ John Peel, which is sure to excite diehard fans. But there are a number of new recordings—by far the best of which is Storm. 

In many ways, it’s a classic Soundgarden track that’s bound to blow you away. 

It begins with haunting guitar harmonies and a pulsating bass riff. 

Lead singer Chris Cornell jumps in with his low, hypnotising growl. 

This album tells the story of how that distinct Seattle sound was made. 

In fact, the original idea behind Storm was laid down in the 1980s with producer Jack Endino. 

Yet it wasn’t until recently that the band returned to it. But it isn’t some sort of relic for fans stuck in the past. 

It points to guitar music at its innovative best—and how it can continue to be developed. 

We have much to look forward to as Soundgarden begins working on a new album in 2015.

Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path
Soundgarden 
A&M Records
Out now 

 

 


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Tue 2 Dec 2014, 15:38 GMT
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