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
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2010
GenreAlternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal
Length59:40 (Standard Edition)
1:54:10 (Deluxe Edition)
ProducerMichael Beinhorn, Drew Canulette, Terry Date, Jack Endino, Adam Kasper, Soundgarden
Soundgarden chronology
Live on I-5
Singles from Telephantasm
  1. "Black Rain"
    Released: August 17, 2010
  2. "The Telephantasm"
    Released: November 26, 2010


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
1."Hunted Down" (Screaming Life EP, 1987)Kim Thayil2:41
2."Hands All Over" (Louder Than Love, 1989)Thayil5:58
3."Outshined" (Badmotorfinger, 1991) 5:11
4."Rusty Cage" (Badmotorfinger) 4:25
5."Birth Ritual" (Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1992)Cornell, Thayil, Matt Cameron6:05
6."My Wave" (Superunknown, 1994)Cornell, Thayil5:13
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 Shepherd5:25
Total length:59:40

Deluxe edition

Disc one
No.TitleMusicPlace of OriginLength
1."All Your Lies" ('86 version)Thayil, Hiro YamamotoDeep Six, 19863:52
2."Hunted Down"ThayilScreaming Life EP2:41
3."Fopp"Billy Beck, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Mervin Pierce, Clarence Satchell, James Williams (all credited for both music and lyrics)Fopp, 19883:38
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)ThayilOriginally from Ultramega OK3:28
6."Hands All Over"ThayilLouder Than Love5:58
7."Big Dumb Sex" Louder Than Love4:11
8."Get on the Snake" (Live)ThayilLouder Than Love3:30
9."Room a Thousand Years Wide" (Single version)Cameron; lyrics by ThayilBadmotorfinger4:14
10."Rusty Cage" Badmotorfinger4:27
11."Outshined" Badmotorfinger5:11
12."Slaves & Bulldozers"Cornell, ShepherdBadmotorfinger6:58
Total length:52:31
Disc two
No.TitleMusicPlace of OriginLength
1."Jesus Christ Pose" (Live)Cameron, Cornell, Shepherd, Thayil"Black Hole Sun" single B-side, 1994; originally from Badmotorfinger7:13
2."Birth Ritual"Cornell, Cameron, ThayilSingles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack6:04
3."My Wave"Cornell, ThayilSuperunknown5:15
4."Superunknown"Cornell, ThayilSuperunknown5:09
5."Spoonman" Superunknown4:07
6."Black Hole Sun" Superunknown5:20
7."Fell on Black Days" (Video version) Originally from Superunknown4:46
8."Burden in My Hand" Down on the Upside4:49
9."Dusty"ShepherdDown on the Upside4:36
10."Pretty Noose" (Live on Saturday Night Live) Originally from Down on the Upside4:25
11."Blow Up the Outside World" (MTV Live 'N' Loud) Originally from Down on the Upside5:32
12."Black Rain"Thayil, ShepherdPreviously unreleased5:26
13."The Telephantasm" (iTunes full album download-only bonus track)Thayil (also does lyrics)Previously unreleased2:57
Total length:65:39
2."Hands All Over" 
3."Loud Love" 
4."Jesus Christ Pose" (Original version) 
6."Rusty Cage" 
7."My Wave" 
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
1."Spoonman" (Mash-up version) 
2."The Day I Tried to Live" (European version) 
4."Pretty Noose" (International version) 
5."Pretty Noose" (Alternate ending) 
6."Blow Up the Outside World" (Censored) 




Chart (2010) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 96
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 96
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[7] 15
Italian Albums (FIMI)[8] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 73
Greek Albums (IFPI)[10] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 97
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 35
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[14] 66
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 94
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 83
US Billboard 200[17] 24
US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 2
US Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[19] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[20] 7


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


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