Louder Than Live is a home video by the American rock band Soundgarden featuring songs performed live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1989, and December 10, 1989. It was released on May 22, 1990.
|Louder Than Live|
|Video by Soundgarden|
|Released||May 22, 1990|
|Recorded||December 7–10, 1989, Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Grunge, heavy metal, alternative metal|
|Length||50 minutes (VHS) 37:47 (Promo CD)|
It features five live tracks filmed during the Louder Than Love tour. The live tracks are "Get on the Snake", "Gun", "I Awake", "Big Dumb Sex", and a medley of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom" and Cheech & Chong's "Earache My Eye", with footage from both concerts mixed together. It also features footage of the band performing two songs in the studio. The studio clips are "Loud Love" and "Hands All Over". It is on this video that frontman Chris Cornell is seen wearing silver duct-tape shorts. The bassist for these performances was Jason Everman. AllMusic gave it two and a half out of a possible five stars. AllMusic staff writer Greg Prato said that "for fans of early Soundgarden, Louder Than Live is still recommended." Louder Than Live was released on VHS only, with no official DVD version available.
In addition to the home video, A&M released a promo 12" (on blue vinyl, July 1990) and CD (May 1990) with the same title, Louder Than Live. The vinyl includes the five live tracks from the video in addition to "Beyond the Wheel". The center label features a close-up picture of guitarist Kim Thayil's face. The CD came wrapped in brown paper, duct-taped closed with a yellow and black sticker that reads "Soundgarden: Louder Than Live". In addition to the six other live tracks, it includes "Hunted Down". This album has been bootlegged on black vinyl; genuine copies can be distinguished by the A&M logo.
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