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Soundgarden sets arrival date for remixed full-length debut
Soundgarden has set March 10th as the release date for a remixed deluxe version of the band's 1988 full-length debut album, Ultramega OK. This expanded version of the record is described as a "correction" of the original mix, which the band was never satisfied with reports Blabbermouth. Guitarist Kim Thayil told us that the band wanted legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino to remix it almost immediately after it first came out: "We were never happy with the mix, and from day one, the band, the record label -- which was Greg Ginn at SST -- and Jack Endino all said, 'Yeah, let's do this. Let's remix it.'"
Although Soundgarden initially intended to remix the disc shortly after its original release, the group signed a major deal with A&M Records and started work on its next album, 1989's Louder Than Love, abandoning plans to revise Ultramega OK at the time.
Soundgarden reacquired the master tapes of Ultramega OK, which was out of print for years, in 2016.
The band then recruited Endino to finally remix the disc, with guitarist Kim Thayil working in the studio with him.
In addition to the remixed original album, the new edition of Ultramega OK will come with six early versions of songs that wound up on the disc. The tracks were recorded in 1987 in Seattle and mixed by Endino last year. All the songs ended up also being recorded for Ultramega OK.
The Ultramega OK tracks for which early versions are included are "Head Injury," "Beyond The Wheel," "Incessant Mace (Short)," "He Didn't," "All Your Lies" and "Incessant Mace (Long).”
Since reuniting in 2010 following a 13-year hiatus, Soundgarden has embarked on an extensive restoration of its catalog, including deluxe archival versions of the classic albums Badmotorfinger and Superunknown, along with a three-disc collection of rarities, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks called Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path.
Soundgarden has a number of live shows lined up for later this year and is going to record its seventh studio album.