The album was released in 1997 on A&M Records and was Soundgarden's last official release for 13 years, until 2010's Telephantasm. It debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A-Sides has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan and over 700,000 copies worldwide, but has not yet been certified by the RIAA. It peaked at number 51 on the UK Albums Chart, number 39 on the Australian Albums Chart, and number 6 on the New Zealand Albums Chart.
It contains one song absent from previous albums ("Bleed Together") which appeared on import copies of the "Burden in My Hand" single. Interestingly, the opening track "Nothing to Say" was originally not an A-side. It appeared as the B-side to the band's first single "Hunted Down" on Sub Pop in 1987. In addition, "Get on the Snake" from Louder Than Love was released as a promo-only single in 1989. Also, the 1990 Sub Pop single "Room a Thousand Years Wide" does not appear on A-Sides, nor the 1994 single "My Wave" from Superunknown.
AllMusic staff writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four and a half out of five stars. He said, "For an act that was one of the definitive album artists of the late '80s and '90s, Soundgarden was a surprisingly effective singles band. Their singles effectively conveyed all of their best ideas, from their sludgy early Sub Pop recordings to the elaborate, post-metal psychedelia of their last two albums, Superunknown and Down on the Upside. That's the reason why the 17-track compilation A-Sides is such a successful overview of the band's too-brief career." Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne gave the album an A. He said, "Pruning their best early songwriting ("Hands All Over", "Nothing to Say") and wisely highlighting chunks of their last two (and best) albums, A-Sides presents the band in all its evolving, bridling-horses glory and thunder. When all those Hanson fans grow up and want to educate themselves on the flannel era they missed, here's where they should turn."
All lyrics and music written by Chris Cornell, except where noted.
|1.||"Nothing to Say"||Kim Thayil||Screaming Life EP, 1987||3:56|
|2.||"Flower"||Thayil||Ultramega OK, 1988 (US)/1989 (UK)||3:25|
|3.||"Loud Love"||Louder Than Love, 1989||4:57|
|4.||"Hands All Over"||Thayil||Louder Than Love||6:00|
|5.||"Get on the Snake"||Thayil||Louder Than Love||3:44|
|6.||"Jesus Christ Pose"||Matt Cameron, Cornell, Ben Shepherd, Thayil||Badmotorfinger, 1991||5:51|
|10.||"The Day I Tried to Live"||Superunknown||5:19|
|11.||"Black Hole Sun"||Superunknown||5:18|
|12.||"Fell on Black Days"||Superunknown||4:42|
|13.||"Pretty Noose"||Down on the Upside, 1996||4:12|
|14.||"Burden in My Hand"||Down on the Upside||4:50|
|15.||"Blow Up the Outside World"||Down on the Upside||5:46|
|16.||"Ty Cobb"||Shepherd||Down on the Upside||3:05|
|17.||"Bleed Together"||Burden in My Hand single, 1996||3:54|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||39|
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||51|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||6|
|UK Albums (OCC)||90|
|US Billboard 200||63|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|US Main||US Mod
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