Soundgarden: Telephantasm

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Telephantasm
(A&M)

Knights of the Soundtable ride again!

Thirteen years after their demise, and despite Chris Cornell denying rumours of a reunion last year, the much lamented Soundgarden have risen from the ashes.

Telephantasm is a retrospective released on A&M Records,  the band’s first release since 1997’s A-Sides compilation. Telephantasm was packaged with the initial release of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock in September – incidentally the first time a CD has been released in conjunction with a video game.

Telephantasm is more than just your average ‘greatest hits collection; fortunately for all you aficionados out there it is available in a deluxe three-disc edition – including two CDs of  singles spanning the band’s career, along with a DVD of 20 video clips – 13 of which had never been released.  Far more comprehensive than its predecessor – Telephantasm goes back to the earliest days of the band, featuring – with the first disc kicking of with classic tracks “All Your Lies,” “Beyond The Wheel”  and “Flower.”  Needless to say, the ferocious “Big Dumb Sex” is a highlight, which was obviously omitted from A-Sides.

Fans desperate for new material get a teaser with the moody  “Black Rain”  from the Badmotorfinger sessions, as well as live versions of the mammoth “Jesus Christ Pose,” “Get On The Snake” and “Blow Up The Outside World.”

At the very least Telephantasm is a comprehensive trip down memory lane – a feast for the ears and the eyes of faithful fans.  My only hope is that this is not the last we hear from one of Seattle’s finest.  Welcome back Soundgarden – you have been missed.