FULL DETAILS OF HIS INCREDIBLE CELEBRATION BOX SET
A previously unreleased CHRIS CORNELL song. A stunning career-spanning box set. A statue unveiling and SOUNDGARDEN screening hosted by his bandmates in his hometown of Seattle. Still, the grunge hero’s legacy lives on…
“CHRIS’ VOICE WAS HIS VISION, AND HIS WORDS WERE HIS PEACE” VICKY CORNELL
C hris Cornell was an incredibly rare breed. Fronting any band who helped mould an entire scene is an impressive enough feat in itself. That the late musician somehow led an iconic supergroup, as well as not one, but two of grunge’s most well-respected bands – and then also went on to enjoy a solo career on the side – is even more extraordinary.
Since the vocalist’s devastating passing on May 18 last year, there’s been a notable, painful absence in music. While contemporaries and former bandmates alike have continued to pay tribute to his immeasurable legacy, fans have been speculating what – if anything – might come from Chris Cornell’s camp posthumously. And now, following a week of buildup on social media with the hashtag #Whenbaddoesgood, we’ve finally got the answer: a huge, career-spanning self-titled box set (64 tracks in total, 11 of which are previously unreleased), giving his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog a place to exist as a beautiful, cohesive whole.
The collection will come accompanied by a photo booklet, and many liner notes from those who knew him – including Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron, to Audioslave’s Tom Morello, Pearl Jam’s Mike Mccready, and longtime producer Brendan O’brien.
Among the music that will come with the collection is a poignant cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, which was recorded live for Siriusxm two years ago – and was one of the final songs the musician put to tape.
“Prince’s music is the soundtrack to the soulful and beautiful universe he created, and we have all been privileged to be part of that amazing world,” Chris said at the time, paying tribute to Prince following his death in 2016. “I performed his song Nothing Compares 2 U for the first time a couple months ago. It has a timeless relevance for me and practically everyone I know. Sadly, now his own lyrics in this song could not be more relevant than at this moment, and I sing them now in reverence as I pay tribute to this unequalled artist who has given all of our lives so much inspiration and made the world so much more interesting. We will miss you, Prince!”
Alongside Nothing Compares 2 U, the estate of Chris Cornell – led by his widow, Vicky – also unveiled the first slice of previously unheard music since Chris’ passing, When Bad Does Good, as part of this extensive retrospective.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Chris himself, the track was found in his personal recordings archive, and was reportedly a “favourite of his”.
Released last Friday, When Bad Does Good also came accompanied by a gorgeous lyric video, adding even more weight to the singer’s one-of-a-kind voice.
“Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world,” Vicky said in a statement, released alongside the song. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.”
Along with Vicky’s priceless contribution to the project, she also turned to two of Chris’ trusted friends and musical partnersin-crime to help bring the release to fruition.