Featuring unreleased studio and live material, the album is set for release on 16 November.
This November, fans can celebrate the recorded legacy of musical icon and singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, with the 17-track self-titled album, Chris Cornell and a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set (11 of them unreleased). The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be released by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell on behalf of The Chris Cornell Estate through UMe.
Chris Cornell commemorates his life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. Vicky, worked extensively with Chris’ bandmates and friends to compile a collection of material from the late artist’s expansive career, showcasing his contribution to music history with selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands— Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave— as well as songs from his solo career. She turned to producer Brendan O’Brien, who was a trusted partner to Cornell over the years and Jeff Ament who created the packaging for Chris Cornell.
The first unreleased track, When Bad Does Good, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favourite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin, reminded Vicky of the unreleased song, that she decided to share it with his fans.
“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,” says Vicky. “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.”
The breadth of all 17 selections on Chris Cornell display the full span of his artistic achievements, from the full-on kick of Soundgarden’s seminal Black Hole Sun to the mournful yearning of Temple of the Dog’s Hunger Strike to the sensitive depth of Audioslave’s Like A Stone to his spot-on solo theme to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, You Know My Name. This collection also contains a pair of unreleased recordings: a touching cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U that was cut live at Sirius XM, and When Bad Goes Good.
The box set’s ten unreleased live performances include Cornell’s duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on Wild World and another duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley’s indelible classic, Redemption Song.”Temple of the Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion/first-ever-official tour in 2016 is highlighted with hometown performances of “Reach Down” and the Andy Wood/Mother Love Bone favorite Stargazer, Chris’ personal arrangement of One featuring the lyrics to Metallica’s song set to the music of U2’s song of same name, and a first ever album release of Audioslave’s 2005 ground-breaking performance on Cuban soil of Show Me How To Live. Also in 2016, one of Chris’ personal career-topping moments was performing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London where he covered The Beatles’ A Day In The Life. Three additional live selections from Sweden in 2006 include Wide Awake, All Night Thing and Led Zeppelin’s Thank You are from the very first show ever where Chris performed by himself with an acoustic guitar in front of an audience which became the creative spark for his future, highly successful Songbook tours. Two unreleased music videos spotlight a solo acoustic performance of Scream and the newly edited Soundgarden video Live To Rise, showcasing the band only without The Avengers movie footage included.