Singles [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

Singles [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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Overview

The romantic comedy Singles, in part an homage to director Cameron Crowe's hometown of Seattle, was released at exactly the right time (summer 1992). Nirvana's Nevermind had symbolically knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the album charts at the beginning of the year, and the underground buzz about Seattle bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam was beginning to find its way past circles of indie aficionados and open-minded hard rock fans and into the mainstream. Singles helped crystallize the idea of the "Seattle scene" in the mainstream public's mind, and it was also one of the first big-selling '90s movie soundtracks (it went platinum and reached the Top Ten) to feature largely new work from contemporary artists. The soundtrack's strength was the way it was so firmly rooted in place -- where future soundtrack extravaganzas simply contrived to gather as many big-name acts as possible, Singles focused specifically on Seattle-area music (quite logically, given the film's plot and setting), which gave the album the feel of a cohesive document. It didn't hurt that nearly all the bands involved contributed high-quality material -- although Nirvana is absent, scene stalwarts Soundgarden, their lead singer Chris Cornell (the haunting acoustic ballad "Seasons"), Alice in Chains ("Would?," which showed up on their subsequent album, Dirt), Mudhoney, Pearl Jam (two tracks), and Screaming Trees all weigh in with strong new cuts, as well as stylistic compatriots Smashing Pumpkins (Chicago) and Minneapolis alt-rock god Paul Westerberg (his first two charmingly playful solo songs). The vaults are mined for chestnuts by Mother Love Bone (the epic "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns," perhaps their strongest moment) and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix (the shimmering "May This Be Love," which fits the mood of the album perfectly), and Seattle sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, leaders of Heart, appear as the Lovemongers on a stellar acoustic cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore." Despite Mudhoney's gripe that the whole early-'90s Seattle scene was "Overblown," Singles illustrates through its marvelous consistency the richness and wealth of the city's musical talent, as well as the alternative scene in general; meanwhile, the Lovemongers and Hendrix cuts demonstrate the city's past musical heritage, and along with the Westerberg numbers, provide a handy template of several major (albeit more mainstream) grunge-scene influences -- Hendrix's guitar-heavy psychedelia, Led Zeppelin's epic hard rock, the Replacements' post-hardcore power pop -- that sit very well next to their followers. So Singles isn't just an entertaining sampler of Seattle grunge in its prime; it's a milestone in the breakthrough of alternative rock into mainstream popular culture, neatly and effectively packaging the Seattle phenomenon for the wider national consciousness. [The 25th Anniversary Edition of Singles remasters the original album and adds a second disc filled with incidental music, outtakes, and other ephemera associated with the 1992 film. All the music that was heard in the film but didn't make it to the soundtrack is here: live performances from Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, plus Citizen Dick's Mudhoney send-up "Touch Me I'm Dick." Mudhoney themselves are here with a demo of "Overblown," which is paired with acoustic versions of Paul Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" and "Waiting for Somebody," both cut at the end of a scoring session. There are other elements from scoring sessions, too: a pair of unreleased numbers from Westerberg, Mike McCready doing a track of blues, and two sketches from Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden singer's Poncier EP -- so named after Matt Dillon's character in the film -- is presented almost in its entirety on the second disc ("Seasons" was on the proper album) and it has early versions of Soundgarden's "Spoon Man" and "Missing," plus "Flutter Girl," which would show up on his first solo album. Finally, Seattle bands Truly and Blood Circus -- both slated for Singles inclusion but cut at the last minute -- are here with the songs that would've made the cut if the cut weren't so cruel. Apart from the live material and maybe Poncier, nothing here is especially crucial, but nevertheless there's something about the wooly mess of acoustic instrumentals and grunge: it evokes how charming and ramshackle those early days of alt-rock were.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2017
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889853155026
catalogNumber: 531550
Rank: 20882

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Alice in Chains   Producer
Mark Lanegan   Composer
Mother Love Bone   Composer,Producer
Mudhoney   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer
Pearl Jam   Producer
Robert Plant   Composer
Jack Endino   Producer
Truly   Composer,Producer
Paul Westerberg   Composer,Producer
Jeff Ament   Composer
Jerry Cantrell   Composer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Lee Conner   Composer
Billy Corgan   Composer,Producer
Chris Cornell   Composer,Producer
Terry Date   Producer
Doug Day   Composer
Mark Dearnley   Producer
Brett Eliason   Producer
Don Fleming   Producer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Sean Kinney   Composer
Scott Litt   Producer
Mike McCready   Composer,Producer
Rick Parashar   Producer
Kim Thayil   Composer
Conrad Uno   Producer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer
Cameron Crowe   Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Art
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Van Conner   Composer
Geoff Robinson   Composer
Andy Wood   Composer
Michael Anderson   Composer
Steve Smith   Producer
Andy Fischer   Graphic Design
Michael Starr   Composer
Citizen Dick   Producer
Jonathan Auer   Producer
Matthew D. Cameron   Composer
Tracy Simmons   Composer

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