Telephantasm

Last updated on 4 June 2017

Telephantasm is a compilation album by the American rock band Soundgarden. Featuring songs that span 23 years of the band's career, it was released on September 28, 2010, through A&M Records. The album was certified platinum by RIAA after its first day of retail availability based on the one million discs that were included in packages for the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.[1]

Soundgarden Telephantasm cover.jpg
Soundgarden Telephantasm cover.jpg

Overview

The album was released in September 2010 on A&M Records following the band's reunion earlier that year. The career-spanning retrospective album includes an unreleased track, "Black Rain", taken from the Badmotorfinger recording sessions. In late August 2010, "Black Rain" reached No. 44 on the Canadian Hot 100 and No. 96 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. "Black Rain" peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

Kim Thayil explained the title Telephantasm as "an illusion at a distance, or a ghost from afar. Which I think would be an appropriate reference to what we have here — a retrospective of a band that had been inactive for thirteen years." He added that the album emerged from a project to do a "B-Sides" compilation following the 1997 greatest hits album A-Sides, but the band decided to include some more known songs because "we need to re-establish ourselves with the rock and roll audience out there, the younger audience".[2]

The 1-CD version of the album is featured in the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, with "Black Rain" available on the disc, and the remaining eleven tracks available as downloadable content alongside release of the game.

The 2-CD/DVD limited edition package includes a booklet containing a biography of Soundgarden written by Jeff Gilbert, a message from Kim Thayil and content credits.

The 3-LP 12" Vinyl Edition includes all songs along with a one time use download key for all the songs in 320 kbit/s mp3 format taken directly from the vinyl.

The album features artwork by Josh Graham, who handles the visual arts for Neurosis, as well as artwork for other artists.[3]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Chris Cornell, except where noted.

Single-disc version
No. Title Music Length
1. "Hunted Down" (Screaming Life EP, 1987) Kim Thayil 2:41
2. "Hands All Over" (Louder Than Love, 1989) Thayil 5:58
3. "Outshined" (Badmotorfinger, 1991)   5:11
4. "Rusty Cage" (Badmotorfinger)   4:25
5. "Birth Ritual" (Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1992) Cornell, Thayil, Matt Cameron 6:05
6. "My Wave" (Superunknown, 1994) Cornell, Thayil 5:13
7. "Spoonman" (Superunknown)   4:08
8. "Black Hole Sun" (Superunknown)   5:19
9. "Fell on Black Days" (Superunknown)   4:39
10. "Burden in My Hand" (Down on the Upside, 1996)   4:50
11. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Down on the Upside)   5:46
12. "Black Rain" (Previously unreleased, 2010) Thayil, Ben Shepherd 5:25
Total length: 59:40

Deluxe edition

Disc one
No. Title Music Place of Origin Length
1. "All Your Lies" ('86 version) Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto Deep Six, 1986 3:52
2. "Hunted Down" Thayil Screaming Life EP 2:41
3. "Fopp" Billy Beck, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Mervin Pierce, Clarence Satchell, James Williams (all credited for both music and lyrics) Fopp, 1988 3:38
4. "Beyond the Wheel"   Ultramega OK, 1988 (U.S.)/1989 (UK) 4:23
5. "Flower" (BBC session for John Peel at the Golders Green Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, England, May 14, 1989) Thayil Originally from Ultramega OK 3:28
6. "Hands All Over" Thayil Louder Than Love 5:58
7. "Big Dumb Sex"   Louder Than Love 4:11
8. "Get on the Snake" (Live) Thayil Louder Than Love 3:30
9. "Room a Thousand Years Wide" (Single version) Cameron; lyrics by Thayil Badmotorfinger 4:14
10. "Rusty Cage"   Badmotorfinger 4:27
11. "Outshined"   Badmotorfinger 5:11
12. "Slaves & Bulldozers" Cornell, Shepherd Badmotorfinger 6:58
Total length: 52:31
Disc two
No. Title Music Place of Origin Length
1. "Jesus Christ Pose" (Live) Cameron, Cornell, Shepherd, Thayil "Black Hole Sun" single B-side, 1994; originally from Badmotorfinger 7:13
2. "Birth Ritual" Cornell, Cameron, Thayil Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 6:04
3. "My Wave" Cornell, Thayil Superunknown 5:15
4. "Superunknown" Cornell, Thayil Superunknown 5:09
5. "Spoonman"   Superunknown 4:07
6. "Black Hole Sun"   Superunknown 5:20
7. "Fell on Black Days" (Video version)   Originally from Superunknown 4:46
8. "Burden in My Hand"   Down on the Upside 4:49
9. "Dusty" Shepherd Down on the Upside 4:36
10. "Pretty Noose" (Live on Saturday Night Live)   Originally from Down on the Upside 4:25
11. "Blow Up the Outside World" (MTV Live 'N' Loud)   Originally from Down on the Upside 5:32
12. "Black Rain" Thayil, Shepherd Previously unreleased 5:26
13. "The Telephantasm" (iTunes full album download-only bonus track) Thayil (also does lyrics) Previously unreleased 2:57
Total length: 65:39
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Flower"  
2. "Hands All Over"  
3. "Loud Love"  
4. "Jesus Christ Pose" (Original version)  
5. "Outshined"  
6. "Rusty Cage"  
7. "My Wave"  
8. "Spoonman"  
9. "The Day I Tried to Live" (Uncensored)  
10. "Black Hole Sun"  
11. "Fell on Black Days"  
12. "Pretty Noose" (Uncensored)  
13. "Burden in My Hand"  
14. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Uncensored)  
Bonus videos
No. Title Length
1. "Spoonman" (Mash-up version)  
2. "The Day I Tried to Live" (European version)  
3. "Superunknown"  
4. "Pretty Noose" (International version)  
5. "Pretty Noose" (Alternate ending)  
6. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Censored)  

Personnel

Soundgarden

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 96
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 96
Italian Albums (FIMI)[7] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 73
Greek Albums (IFPI)[9] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 97
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 35
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[13] 66
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 94
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 83
US Billboard 200[16] 24

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "THE L.A. TIMES MUSIC BLOG". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. Kim Thayil Tells Stories of Soundgarden's Best Songs. Rolling Stone
  3. ^ "Josh Graham's official site". Suspendedinlight.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
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  9. ^ "Greekcharts.com – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Soundgarden – Telephantasm" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Soundgarden | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Soundgarden – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Soundgarden. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Soundgarden – Telephantasm". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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