Soundgarden special LP reissues planned
The Seattle band’s seminal albums ‘Louder Than Love’ and ‘Down On The Upside’ get the LP 180-gram vinyl edition treatment
Grammy Award-winning Seattle group Soundgarden will re-release a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989’s Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down On The Upside.
Formed by vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto (later replaced by Ben Shepherd) in Seattle in 1984, and soon joined by drummer Matt Cameron, Soundgarden remain one of the most influential bands to emerge from that era of rock.
Soundgarden’s second full-length studio album and major label debut, Louder Than Love was originally released by A&M Records in 1989, and was the last to include Yamamoto. Recorded with producer Terry Date at Seattle’s London Bridge Studios, it announced the arrival of a major force on the emerging Pacific Northwest rock scene, later to include Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Louder Than Love is being reissued in a single-LP 180-gram vinyl edition on August 26, newly remastered from the original analog tapes.
Down On The Upside, Soundgarden’s fifth full-length studio album was released in 1996, debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200, No.7 in the UK, went to No.1 in Australia and New Zealand, sold 1.6 million copies in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It would be the last new Soundgarden album for 16 years until 2012’s comeback King Animal. Down On The Upside will be available for the first time as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set, also remastered from original analog tape recordings.