Soundgarden

Loudest Love

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Released toward the end of Soundgarden's 1989-1990 world tour (perhaps to keep their fans preoccupied until their next release, 1991's Badmotorfinger), Loudest Love is a seven-track compilation that collects three fan favorites with four B-sides. "Loud Love," "Hands All Over," and "Get on the Snake" have become official Soundgarden classics over the years since their original appearance on the 1989 release Louder Than Love. But the real attraction of this release is the hard to find rarities. Sessions for "Heretic" began in late 1988, yet the track wasn't completed until the recording of LTL and was eventually featured in the Christian Slater movie Pump Up the Volume. "Come Together" is a slowed-down version of the Beatles classic, and is the only track that fill-in bass player Jason Everman ever played on. A "new version" of "Big Dumb Sex" is an irritating remix by Steve Fisk, which ultimately treads on dance territory. By far the best B-side is "Fresh Deadly Roses," a memorable Chris Cornell original that would have fit perfectly on Louder Than Love. The Loudest Love compilation is quite a find for hardcore fans of Soundgarden, but if you're a newcomer, start off with their 1997 best-of collection, A-Sides, or one of their official albums.