10 Songs, 55 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
687 Ratings
687 Ratings

If you're in the mood....

I recently went to see Audioslave in concert and they had done the Temple of the Dog song 'Hunger Strike' live. Hearing it again after so many years made me realize that I never picked the album up or gave it a listen before. So, when I got home from the show, I hopped on iTunes and checked it out. I gotta say, it's a really good album. It reminds me a lot of Chris Cornell's solo stuff: Very bluesy, slow, relaxation mood type music. Good album. Shame they only did the one, though.

On a side note, if you get a chance to catch Audioslave live, don't miss out. They were outstanding.




Years Later and It Still Holds Up

This CD was one of my favorites growing up. The song that was most well-known "Hunger Strike" is a nice song but "Hello to Heaven", "Wooden Jesus" and "All Night Thing" blow the rest out of the water!
Vocals on this are soulful rock and can't be beat ...Some FANTASTIC STUFF here!


One of only a few "Perfect and Nearly Perfect Albums" on my list

There are a few "Perfect and Nearly Perfect Albums" that come to mind . . . Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic, Pearl Jam - Ten, Bob Marley - Exodus, Patti Smith - Horses, RHCP - BSSM. Temple of the Dog earns its place on the list. Let's start with the obvious, "Hunger Strike." The words, the melody, the perfectly calibrated guitar, bass, and drums lay the ground work. And Chris' vocals sound as good as ever. But when the power of Eddie Vedder’s vocals rip through the song, keeping it straight, like an iron rod down your back, it all comes together. But all of the praise doesn't just go to Chris and Eddie. Mike McReady's guitar rips through "Reach Down." He proves he can rip the screamin' rock guitar as well as the guitar gods of the 70's he's so obviously influenced by. Even the "minor" songs sneak up on you and implant themselves firmly under you skin. You'll find yourself humming "Call Me a Dog" about a hundred times before you finally figure out "what that song is." Then you listen to the words and say to yourself, "ah, Chris got me again."

About Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog was a one-album project conceived in 1990. The purpose of Temple of the Dog was to pay tribute to the late Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Following his death, Mother Love Bone broke up, but Wood's bandmates Jeff Ament (bass) and Stone Gossard (guitar) decided to continue working together. Before Ament and Gossard formed a new band, they assembled Temple of the Dog, recruiting Chris Cornell (vocals) and Matt Cameron (drums) from Soundgarden to form the core of the group. Temple of the Dog also featured contributions from then-unknown vocalist Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready.

Temple of the Dog recorded their eponymous album in 1990, releasing it at the end of the year on A&M Records. The album received positive reviews upon its release, but didn't chart until the summer of 1992, when Pearl Jam -- a band Ament, Gossard, Vedder, McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen formed in late 1990 after the completion of the Temple of the Dog album -- had a Top Ten album with their debut record, Ten. Following the success of Ten, A&M re-released "Hunger Strike" -- a duet between Vedder and Cornell -- as a video and single, and the album quickly scaled the charts, reaching the Top Ten and going platinum before the end of 1992.

Over the next two decades, Temple of the Dog remained a one-off, although Chris Cornell occasionally joined Pearl Jam on-stage to perform "Hunger Strike." When the Temple of the Dog album reached its 25th anniversary in 2016, the band reissued it in a double-disc deluxe edition and embarked on their first-ever tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Seattle, WA




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