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Songbook by Chris Cornell

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Reviewed on 21st November 2011.



By Chris Cornell

This release by Soundgarden / Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is a collection of acoustic songs recorded live from his solo acoustic tour in the US during March to May 2011. They are stripped back versions of some of his greatest tunes from across his musical career, featuring tracks from his time with Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and his other solo album releases. There are also some unreleased songs by Chris, and a couple of covers (John Lennon's 'Imagine' and Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You').

There are introductions to most songs, like the meaning for writing the song 'Ground Zero' (self-explanatory really). Classic songs like 'Fell On Black Days' are amazing transformed into solo acoustic tunes, with Chris' raw vocals still as strong as if the rest of Soundgarden was behind him. Same goes for the Audioslave tracks 'I Am The Highway' and 'Like A Stone'.

Cornell's guitar skills are solid too, and the crowd can be heard clearly loving the choice of songs. Any Chris Cornell fan would love this collection too, showcasing how much this man has done for music (thankfully there is only 'Ground Zero' from the bottom of the pile 'Scream' album, which is a lot better here, stripped back so people can appreciate it).The Temple Of A Dog covers get a huge response, calling the need for a reunion tour (there have been the odd shared stage time with Pearl Jam however). Stand out tracks for me are 'Call Me A Dog', 'Fell On Black Days' and 'Can't Change Me'.

The fact that there is no cover of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' is a surprise as this was always covered at Audioslave shows by a solo Cornell, but the collection here is more than enough to show Chris' amazing vocal talent stripped bare. A must for anyone who has or even hasn't heard of him.



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