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Soundgarden Unearth Rarities on Best-Of Set

Telephantasm' will be released as bonus with 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

August 3, 2010 9:41 AM ET

Soundgarden, who will play just their second reunion show in Chicago this weekend, have announced plans to release a career retrospective called Telephantasm. The collection will initially be packaged as a bonus for fans who purchase Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock on September 28th. The best-of compilation will include tracks from all of the Seattle rockers' albums and EPs and also feature a previously unreleased Badmotorfinger-era track called "Black Rain." Soundgarden also plan to unleash a DVD stacked with never-before-seen videos. For fans who don't own a video game system, Telephantasm will also be released on vinyl, and in collectors editions and deluxe packages.

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Last year, guitarist Kim Thayil told Rolling Stone the band had been planning to release a box set of unreleased music and B sides, however the band's label (A&M Records) and management both dissolved in the years following Soundgarden's split, delaying the set. "There's enough stuff out there to fill up three or four albums," he said. "There's enough original stuff that's been released but hasn't been compiled — B sides — to make an album. There's enough covers to make an album. It's just getting the business and creative machine on the same page."

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Thayil named "Dirty Candy," "Ocean Fronts," "Open Up," "Summation," "Beast" and "No Shame" as some of the tracks trapped in Soundgarden's vaults. " 'Beast' and 'Summation' were really strong songs live — from the mid-late '80s, I cannot believe those two songs have never been released," Thayil said. "Basically, a box set slowly and surely will happen. We need communication with the band, our record label and management. It's all inertia, if it's a big giant stone wheel, it comes down a hill really fast. But it goes up a hill very slow. Right now, it's at the bottom of the hill, and we've got to push it back up."

As Rolling Stone previously reported, prior to their headlining set at Lollapalooza on August 6th, Soundgarden will also play a fan-club-only show at Chicago's Vic on August 5th, the band's first gig since a reunion show at Seattle's Showbox in April. Read Charles Cross' report from the band's hometown reunion show here.

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