On November 16, 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. The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be made available 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‘s 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 previously 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 favorite 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. The song is also accompanied by a lyric video, which can be viewed below.
“Since Chris‘s 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 previously unreleased recordings: a touching cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” that was cut live at SiriusXM, and “When Bad Does Good”.