A&M Records' Greatest Hits

On the label's 50th anniversary, founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss remember five decades of classic records

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Soundgarden, 'Badmotorfinger' (1991) and 'Temple of the Dog' (1991)
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Soundgarden, 'Badmotorfinger' (1991) and 'Temple of the Dog' (1991)

Moss: "Soundgarden was this tremendous band out of Seattle, which had become the center of the world in the wake of Nirvana's success. We were grateful when they came our way. Everyone on the lot was into Soundgarden, and really believed in the band. Theirs were records we would've bought if we didn't help make them; we weren't going to give up until we'd promoted them as well and reached as many people as we could. They made challenging music, and Chris Cornell had a voice of the ages. In any period, that voice would've been successful. We also put out the Temple of the Dog project, which was made up of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I didn't realize it was the first record Eddie Vedder ever appeared on. It was just an amazing effort, sold a million copies, and took Soundgarden to a new platform. It was the right band, the right label, at the right time."

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