Soundgarden has announced a November 18 date for a 25th anniversary edition of its 1991 album Badmotorfinger, which will be released in a variety of configurations including a single CD and two-disc CD and vinyl versions.
A seven-disc Super Deluxe set, meaning, includes four CDs, two DVDs and a Blu-ray audio disc with 79 previously unreleased tracks and a "Live at the Paramount" concert recording, along with a 52-page book, stickers, a patch, photo cards and more.
Soundgarden's four members have been closely involved with the set -- as they have been with other recent archival projects -- and guitarist Kim Thayil tells us that he's particularly excited about giving Badmotorfinger it's due:
"'Badmotorfinger' was very influential in the rock community. 'Badmotorfinger' had a strong influence on other musicians. 'Superunknown' probably did as well, but its success was not just its impact on musicians but also simply on fans and audience members, either in front of a radio or in concert. But 'Badmotorfinger' had an impact with listeners but also with guitarists and drummers and singer, people who started bands. We were one of those bands that guys who started bands listened to. And as a band member and a kid growing up learning how to play guitar, those bands were like the Ramones and Sabbath and Pink Floyd, and...I am glad we are true to ourselves by being the kind of band we loved growing up."
Full track lists are available at Soundgardenworld.com. While it preps for the Badmotorfinger set's release, Soundgarden is also working on another new album to follow up to 2012's "King Animal."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.