Euphoria Morning

Euphoria Morning is the first solo studio album released by American musician Chris Cornell. It was released on September 21, 1999 through Interscope Records. Euphoria Morning sold over 75,000 copies in its first week of release and eventually sold 343,000 copies in the U.S. alone. While a large success critically, it did not sell nearly as well as Cornell's albums with Soundgarden. It is Cornell's only album between the split of Soundgarden until he formed Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine.

The original working title of this album was to be "Euphoria Mourning"; however, a typo changed the album name to "Euphoria Morning". This was confirmed by Cornell at his Philadelphia show on the Songbook Tour.

In 2015, the album was re-released on CD and vinyl with the title Euphoria Mourning, with Cornell stating in the press release that he had originally intended the album to be called that.

Re-released in 2015 as Euphoria Mourning


Recording history

In 1998, Cornell began working on material for a solo album on which he collaborated with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven. "Flutter Girl" was an outtake from Superunknown, the 1994 Soundgarden album. During his 2007 solo tour, Cornell stated that "Wave Goodbye" was written as a tribute to Jeff Buckley, who drowned in 1997.

Musical style

According to AllMusic's Euphoria Morning is " a shaded, textured rock album," lacking the "grinding sludge and furious rock" of Soundgarden. Nevertheless, the album was described to be of a piece with Soundgarden's psychedelic-indebted 1994 album Superunknown and delves back into ’60s psychedelic melodies and acoustic ditties." Los Angeles Times' Mikael Wood described the album's style as "psychedelic folk-rock."


The album proved commercially unsuccessful although the album's single "Can't Change Me" was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards. He also contributed the song "Sunshower" (a bonus track on the Japanese release of Euphoria Morning) to the soundtrack of the 1998 film, Great Expectations, and a reworked version of the track "Mission", retitled "Mission 2000", was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Mission: Impossible 2. In 2000, Cornell embarked on a tour in support of the album.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Chris Cornell.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Can't Change Me" Chris Cornell 3:23
2. "Flutter Girl" Cornell, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider 4:25
3. "Preaching the End of the World" Cornell 4:41
4. "Follow My Way" Cornell, Johannes, Shneider 5:10
5. "When I'm Down" Cornell 4:20
6. "Mission" Cornell, Johannes, Shneider 4:05
7. "Wave Goodbye" Cornell 3:43
8. "Moonchild" Cornell 4:02
9. "Sweet Euphoria" Cornell 3:08
10. "Disappearing One" Cornell, Johannes, Shneider 3:48
11. "Pillow of Your Bones" Cornell, Johannes, Shneider 4:29
12. "Steel Rain" Cornell 5:41
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Music Length
13. "Sunshower" Cornell 5:52
14. "Can't Change Me" (French version) Cornell 3:47
  • "Can't Change Me" (French version) is also found on international versions
  • "Can't Change Me" (French version) & another b-side "Nowhere But You" are also found on the "Can't Change Me" single.


Personnel adapted from Euphoria Morning liner notes.

Main personnel
  • Chris Cornell - lead vocals (all tracks), guitar (tracks 1-3 and 5-13), harmonica (track 1)
  • Alain Johannes - guitar (tracks 1-6, 8, and 10-12), bass guitar (tracks 2-5, 10, and 11), backing vocals (tracks 1 and 13), theremin (track 4), mandolin (tracks 4 and 13), clarinet (track 10), tabla (track 12)
  • Natasha Shneider - keyboards (tracks 1-4, 6-8, and 10-13), bass guitar (tracks 6 and 13), backing vocals (tracks 4-7, and 13), tambourine (tracks 1-4, 11, and 12), piano (track 5), organ (track 5), timpani (track 11)
  • Ric Markmann - bass guitar (tracks 1, 7, 8, and 12)
  • Josh Freese - drums (tracks 1-4, 6, 8, and 11)
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Chris Cornell - production, engineering, mixing
  • Alain Johannes - production, engineering, mixing
  • Natasha Shneider - production, engineering, mixing
  • Dave Collins - mastering


Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 14

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