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Since so much of Soundgarden’s legacy lay in the years before their superstardom, their major-label-oriented 1997 A-Sides compilation didn’t quite do them justice. Although it contained cuts from the years before they signed to A&M, A-Sides downplayed the first act of their story, so the 2010 compilation Telephantasm is quite welcome, at least in its double-disc incarnation where there’s enough room to capture the entire arc of the group’s career. Not only is there a heavy dose of their SST and Sub Pop recordings, but there is a strategic deployment of live cuts, BBC sessions, single versions, and rarities, including the previously unreleased outtake “Black Rain,” all of which capture Soundgarden at their heaviest, a shift that’s particularly notable toward the end of their career, with “Pretty Noose” and “Blow Up the Outside World” present in rawer versions than their studio incarnations. This may not satisfy a casual fan who wants to hear versions played on the radio, but the entirety of Telephantasm winds up being something better than a hits collection: it captures the essence of the band, why it was important, and why it still sounds powerful some 20 years later. [This deluxe set also includes a bonus DVD containing all of Soundgarden’s music videos, including several alternate versions of familiar clips.]

Customer Reviews

Must have

This is a really great album soundgarden fans you should get it live tracks are great as are the vids and of course the classic grundgy songs. Yeah Whooo'

5 Out Of 5 For The Music, But...

It's getting increasingly more annoying when bands release digital only tunes and you can only get them if you buy the album!! For those interested, The Telephantasm is from around the Screaming Life era, and is a pretty cool tune. Just wish it was available as a stand alone download... But Soundgarden are still pretty frickin' awesome

An excellent choice.

One of the best grunge/alternative albums you can pick up along with Bleach - Nirvana. Not the best price but the overflowing amount of bonus' on offer more than makes up for it. A must have for any grunge fan.


Formed: 1984 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Soundgarden made a place for heavy metal in alternative rock. Their fellow Seattle rockers Green River may have spearheaded the grunge sound, but they relied on noise rock in the vein of the Stooges. Similarly, Jane's Addiction were too fascinated with prog rock and performance art to appeal to a wide array of metal fans. Soundgarden, however, developed directly out of the grandiose blues-rock of Led Zeppelin and the sludgy, slow riffs of Black Sabbath. Which isn't to say they were a straight-ahead...
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