Badmotorfinger (25th Anniversary)
Soundgarden’s biggest commercial success was their 1994 #1 smash "Superunknown"—but many fans will steer you to the prior album that first lifted these Seattle rockers to the Top 40: 1991’s "Badmotorfinger." This was the experimental, heavy-metal side of the grunge scene, sounding entirely different than (yet every bit as exciting as) Pearl Jam’s "Ten" and Nirvana’s "Nevermind" (they all came out within a two-month span). Soundgarden’s full-throttle sound and inventive songwriting fully coalesced on this platinum-selling album: "Rusty Cage," "Outshined," "Jesus Christ Pose," "Mind Riot," "Somewhere," "Holy Water" and more. You can get the original album, newly remastered, on CD or double 180-gram vinyl (gatefold sleeve, 3D lenticular cover, an etching on side four, download card…the works!). Deluxe edition adds eight studio outtakes ("Room a Thousand Years Wide," "Slaves & Bulldozers," "Face Pollution" and more), "New Damage" with Brian May and seven songs recorded live at the Paramount: "Searching with My Good Eye Closed," "Drawing Flies," "Mind Riot," Rusty Cage" and more. Of the 109 tracks you’ll find in the super-deluxe edition, a whopping 79 are previously unreleased; you’ll hear the live Paramount performance (their first-ever complete concert album) and the deluxe-edition outtakes and Brian May track, and you’ll see (on the DVDs) Dallas concert recordings (April 29, 1992), Miami performances (August 22, 1992) and the first DVD release of the band’s 1992 home video "Motorvision + More" featuring live performances and band interviews. The Blu-Ray adds 5.1 surround-sound and remastered stereo mixes of the album, and the revolving (batteries included!) Badmotorfinger-icon collector’s box also contains a 52-page book packed with unseen photos, two silver-foil stickers, an iron-on patch…yup, we’ll say it: this is one badmotorfinger! A&M.