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…

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“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.

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