More Great 2016 Reissues and Finds: David Fricke's Picks

Expanded classics, unearthed obscurities and other historical gems

Soundgarden, 'Badmotorfinger: 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Set'
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Soundgarden, 'Badmotorfinger: 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Set'

Released in October 1991, in the immediate wake of Pearl Jam's Ten and Nirvana's Nevermind, Soundgarden's third studio album was that Seattle band's songwriting breakthrough – "Outshined," "Rusty Cage," "Jesus Christ Pose" – and its classic-metal triumph: Pacific Northwest modernism and emotional struggle, detonated with vintage guitar muscle and vocal bravado. The two-CD edition of this reissue is a roaring bargain, combining outtakes and concert fire. The seven-disc beast is the full blaze, with extensive video evidence of America's thinking-man's Zeppelin taking Grunge Nation by storm.