SoundgardenDown On The Upside

Label:A&M Records – 00602547924469, Universal Music Group International – 00602547924469
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
Style:Alternative Rock, Grunge


A1Pretty Noose
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByMatt Cameron
A3Zero Chance
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByBen Shepherd
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByBen Shepherd
B1Ty Cobb
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByBen Shepherd
B2Blow Up The Outside World
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
B3Burden In My Hand
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
B4Never Named
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByBen Shepherd
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByMatt Cameron
C2Never The Machine Forever
Lyrics By, Music ByKim Thayil
C3Tighter & Tighter
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
C4No Attention
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
D1Switch Opens
Lyrics ByChris Cornell
Music ByBen Shepherd
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell
Piano [Rhodes]Chris Cornell
D3An Unkind
Lyrics By, Music ByBen Shepherd
D4Boot Camp
Lyrics By, Music ByChris Cornell

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European issue of the August 2016 remastered reissue.

Recorded at Studio Litho and Bad Animals, Seattle, WA
Mixed at Bad Animals, Seattle, WA
Remastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

℗ © 2016 A&M Records
Made in the EU

Gatefold cover with 2 lyric sheets and download coupon

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02547 92446 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A-side, etched): BG38518-01 A1 4792446
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B-side, etched): BG38518-01 B1 4792446
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout D-side, etched): BG38518-02 D1 4792446
  • Rights Society (On back cover and labels): BIEM/SDRM
  • Label Code (On back cover and labels): LC 00485
  • Other (On label A-side): LP01-A
  • Other (On label B-side): LP01-B
  • Other (On label C-side): LP02-C
  • Other (On label D-side): LP02-D

Other Versions (5 of 72)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Down On The Upside (CD, Album, Digipak)A&M Records31454 0526 2US1996
Down On The Upside (CD, Album, Digipak)A&M Records, A&M Records540 526-2 (04), 540 526-2Europe1996
Down On The Upside (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo)A&M Records31454 0526 1US1996
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Down On The Upside (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear)A&M Records540 558-1UK & Europe1996
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Down On The Upside (Cassette, Album)PolyGram Polska540 526-4Poland1996



  • oztin79's avatar
    Cut and pressing do sound great. It's the album itself that's somewhat midling, and I say that as a big fan ever since I bought this on CD when it was released in '97. For all the incredible soaring Soundgarden highs on this album, there is an equal proportion of uninspired mediocrity. Superunknown it is not. I'm deciding if i think it's good enough to take a position in my collection. But yes, it's a wonderful reissue and a much more cohesive, essential work than KING ANIMAL.

    Hype used to specify "remastered from original analogue tapes." Maybe the fallout from MoFigate convinces them it might be better without a hype that implies, but doesn't explicitly state, "cut from tape."

    Does anyone have reason to believe this was, in fact, cut from tape?
    • CatchMeIfYCan's avatar
      I have a 2016 edition with a yellow sticker. Earlier I wrote that the sound on it is muddy. I didn't like the sound so much that I wanted to sell my copy. But I recently upgraded my equipment. And I decided out of curiosity to listen to my most "bad" records. Not everything has started to sound better. But this record sounded right. Just enjoying the sound. I can say I rediscovered the album (I haven't listened to it for a very long time).
      • ufree's avatar
        Even if the matrix is the same the copies now on sale are not the 2016 press, so why sell them as if they were?
        • Murphquake's avatar
          This is lightyears better than the Superunknown anniversary pressing, and subjectively, I personally like this album better overall. It sounds great on wax - everything comes through really clear, and the low end thumps. Definitely worth picking up, and it seems like they are starting to resurface again.
          • JonnyRade's avatar
            About halfway through my first listen, and I have to admit - this pressing sounds awesome! My press of "Superunknown" suffers from oversaturated highs, but "Upside" is a completely different story. Very balanced and dynamic. Very easy to hear the quality when shifting from a crazy track like "Ty Cobb" right into something more subtle like "Blow Up The Outside World."

            Like others have expressed here, my copy did not have a hype sticker or DL card (honestly, more bummed about the lack of hype sticker) but it has the exact same matrix. Dated 2016 on the back cover - assuming they used the same stampers, just didn't bother with the sticker and card. I found this sealed for just over $30 with free shipping on eBay from Europe, so I'm not complaining. Happy with my purchase - snag this one if you can find it.
            • Dexter_prog's avatar
              Just got (what appears to be) the reissue. It looks the same as this one, except it doesn't come with the hype sticker or the download card. Same matrix numbers / codes
              • adversam's avatar
                This is how a repress should sound, it's absolutely perfect. Not able to find a single flaw
                • gabriele_wollo's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  Does anybody know if there are unofficial versions of this? I went to a store the other day and saw a copy with a different yellow sticker on the cover. The text reads:

                  180G VINYL
                  Newly Remastered from
                  Original Analog Tapes

                  The sticker doesn't mention the download card at all. I didn't buy it cause I wasn't sure it's the real thing.

                  The sticker looks like the one on this:

                  Any idea?
                  • dainsane's avatar
                    Sounds fantastic - I confirm! And all the extras in the gatefold made me even more happy.
                    • Reesdog's avatar
                      My two cents worth: After listening to a 1996 Euro original that I own and this version I'd say this is the better sounding. Don't get me wrong the original sounds great, just this one is a bit more dynamic, Bob Ludwig has done a good job here. 1996 Original - 8/10, 2016 Remaster - 9/10.


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