Seattle supergroup Temple of the Dog mark the 25th anniversary of their one and only album with a super deluxe resissue via UMe.
Recorded in just fifteen days in November-December 1990, the eponymous Temple of the Dog album was created as tribute to Andrew Wood, the late lead singer of Mother Love Bone who’d died of a heroin overdose in March of that year. Wood’s bereft friend and former room-mate, Chris Cornell, vocalist with Soundgarden, was inspired to pen the songs Reach Down and Say Hello 2 Heaven and then reached out to Wood’s ex-MLB band-mates, Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass) about working together and releasing the songs. Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron plus lead guitarist Mike McCready joined the fray and a band – Temple of the Dog (named after a line in a Mother Love Bone song, Man of Golden Words – was formed.
During the recording of the album, Eddie Vedder was in Seattle, Washington, to audition to become the singer for Mookie Blaylock and ended up supplying backing vocals and duetting with Cornell on the track Hunger Strike.
By the time Temple of the Dog was released in April 1991, Mookie Blaylock had morphed into Pearl Jam, comprising Vedder, McCready, Gossard and Ament (Matt Cameron would join in 1998), and they released their epic debut album Ten which would ultimately go 13-times platinum. In comparison, Temple of the Dog’s initial 70,000 sales were modest, but the soaraway success of Ten prompted a second push by A&M Records in 1992 and the record went on to achieve million-plus sales. Moreover, it gained positive reviews from the start and it stands as a fine example of what can be achieved when talented musicians simply follow their creative instincts. “Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it,” recalls Cornell. “We weren’t concerned what anyone outside of our group of friends would think of it. It was the first and maybe only stress-free album that we all made.”
The 25th anniversary reissue has been newly mixed in stereo by stalwart Pearl Jam/Soundgarden collaborator Brendan O’Brien and in 5.1 surround sound by Adam Kasper. Both feature on the blu-ray audio which forms part of the Super Deluxe Edition(two CDs, one DVD and one Blu-Ray Audio disc) but you can opt for double-LP, two-CD and single CD editions as well.
Precise track listings for each version are proving elusive at the time of writing, but the super deluxe looks great and promises a wealth of bonus tracks of which a large proportion are previously unreleased tracks and/or mixes (see below). The 2LP vinyl version boasts an etched side D and is a gatefold with lenticular cover.
Temple of the Dog enthusiasts Stateside will also be delighted to hear that the band are reuniting for their first-ever tour this November, which will include five gigs in Philadephia, New York, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
2016 Temple of the Dog is released on 30 September.
Super Deluxe Edition
- Original album newly mixed in 192/24 stereo by Brendan O’Brien.
- Three alternate mixes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – Say Hello 2 Heaven, Wooden Jesus and All Night Thing.
- Seven demos – five unreleased, including two songs that didn’t make final album sessions – Angel of Fire and Black Cat.
- Five studio outtakes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – Say Hello 2 Heaven, Reach Down, Pushin Forward Back, Wooden Jesus and All Night Thing.
Disc 3 (DVD):
- 11/13/90: Off Ramp Café video shot by Badmotorfinger producer, Terry Date (previously unseen/unreleased) – Hunger Strike, Wooden Jesus, Say Hello 2 Heaven, Reach Down, Call Me A Dog and Times of Trouble.
- 12/90: Say Hello 2 Heaven originally shot on film and newly transferred to HD (newly edited and never before seen in its entirety).
- 9/8/92: Lollapalooza, Phoenix Hunger Strike surprise performance
- Official Hunger Strike music video
- 9/11 PJ20 Alpine Valley fan shot and edited videos including:
- 9/3/11: Say Hello 2 Heaven
- 9/4/11: Hunger Strike, Call Me A Dog, All Night Thing and Reach Down
- All HD quality; includes Pearl Jam’s stereo mix from the live multi-tracks from this event plus HD pit footage from the Pearl Jam archives
- 1/15: Call Me A Dog and Reach Down from Madseason’s 2015 Benaroya Hall concert (newly edited and never-before-seen)
Disc 4 (Blu-ray Audio):
- Newly mixed 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround mix by Adam Kasper
- 96kHz 24-bit stereo mix by Brendan O’Brien
- Official Hunger Strike music video in 5.1
- HD versions of the bonus videos in stereo only
- Magnetic flip top box package includes booklet with liner notes by David Fricke, a lenticular sticker and a poster
- Original album newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien
- Plus 3 Alternate Mixes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper
- 7 demos – 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn’t make final album sessions: “Angel of Fire” and “Black Cat”
- 5 Studio Outtakes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper
2LP + Download Code
- Original album only – newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien – expanded to 2 LPs for premium audio fidelity
- Side D: features an etched image (no audio)
- Gatefold jacket with 12-inch removable 3D lenticular cover
- Includes album download code for 320kpbs MP4 AAC files