Soundgarden Planning Rare Tracks Album

"I see it as a stand-on-its-own album," guitarist Kim Thayil explains.

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Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil shared details on the band's highly-anticipated B-sides release, calling it an able to stand out on its own. Featuring non-album tracks previously available only as singles, soundtracks and similar releases, the album is expected to drop sometime during 2014. "I see that as another album, you know, as a stand-on-its-own album," Thayil told the Pulse of Radio (via Blabbermouth). "I don't see it as a compilation, like a greatest hits or anything, because it's an album where a lot of these songs that are previously uncompiled will be available." As for the group's new studio effort, Kim noted that "the band has talked about that. That's something that we'll look at in the next two years," he added. The guitarist also discussed the B-sides effort during a separate Rolling Stone interview, confirming that he'll be the one taking care the back catalogue while some of his bandmates are fulfilling their obligations with other acts. "Right now, a couple of guys are committed to other tours - Chris [Cornell] is doing a solo acoustic tour and Matt [Cameron] is out on the road with Pearl Jam," Thayil explained. "So this year [2014] is going to be kind of tough for touring. But I will be tending to the catalog, compiling the B-sides record, which I first announced back in 1995 ... it's been almost 20 years of backburner neglect." The latest Soundgarden studio effort, "King Animal," saw its release in November 2012 through even Four Entertainment.

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    Psyched. Even though King Animal was more laid back and restrained than their old stuff- it was still a great record let alone a great comeback record.
    Harry Marsh
    This year and last year the great Seattle bands have been putting out some really awesome music. I haven't gotten around to getting Mudhoney's or Pearl Jams newest albums but I got Soundgarden's and AIC's. Killer stuff!
    Can't ****ing wait. Some of their best and heaviest songs are b-sides, and I gave up trying to track down singles, EPs and rarities a long time ago. Toy Box, Cold Bitch, Birth Ritual, She Likes Surprises, HIV Baby, Blind Dogs, just goes on.
    I think this was going to come out eventually with their a-sides compilation that came out a few years back.
    MONEY WILL BE IN THEIR POCKET #commercial #notbetterthanjustin...
    a) who's Justin? b) who uses hashtags on ultimate guitar? and c) in what universe is releasing a compilation of b-sides and rarities a cash grab? It's all music that's never been properly released in a single format, and it's something they promised when they broke up. Being cynical is cool if there's a point, otherwise you just sound like a jaded douche. It's not like we're talking about the 40th 'new' posthumous Hendrix album, this is something hardcore Soundgarden fans have had to turn to bootlegs and downloads for.