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The Dispute Over Soundgarden’s Final Unreleased Recordings With Chris Cornell Is Back On


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Unfortunately, it would appear that the situation between Soundgarden‘s surviving members and the estate of their late vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell has once again gone off the rails. This past April saw the respective parties announce they had come to an agreement that would pave the way for the release of at least seven recordings Cornell had laid down, allegedly for what was to be a seventh studio album from the multi-platinum grunge legends.

Following Cornell‘s untimely passing in 2017, a dispute broke out regarding the ownership and designation of those tracks, leading to years of legalities between the band’s camp and Cornell‘s estate and his widow Vicky. Numerous ugly accusations were thrown about amid those hostilities.

However, this past April found a statement issued by both parties that indicated the issues had been resolved. It read:

Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out of court resolution. The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on.

The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honor and build upon Soundgarden‘s incredible legacy as well as Chris‘s indelible mark on music history – as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time.”

Now, during a recent appearance on The Vinyl Guide. Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has revealed that the agreement seemingly didn’t hold and a further dispute has since broken out to impede the project. Cameron said of that and the status of those tracks:

“We’re still in the middle of a dispute with the estate. Everything is on hold right now. As of right now, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen next year. Hopefully soon. I’m not giving up hope.”

According to past legal filings, the following songs and alleged writing credits assigned to them were at the heart of the dispute:

Road Less Traveled” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
Orphans” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
At Ophians Door” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
Cancer” (Chris Cornell)
Ahead Of The Dog” (Chris Cornell/Kim Thayil)
Merrmas” (Chris Cornell/Ben Shepherd)
Stone Age Mind” (Chris Cornell)

Early on in the legal battle it was claimed that Vicky had been withholding the tracks from the other band members and would grant them access to those works if the group agreed to certain stipulations, including working with a preferred producer and more.

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