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Friday, June 12, 2015

Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" Isolated Tracks

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"Black Hole Sun" is probably the most recognizable song by Soundgarden, as it spent 7 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in 1994. The song comes from the best-selling Superunknown album, which was produced by my buddy Michael Beinhorn.

What you'll hear is the bass, drums and vocals from the song. Here's what to listen for.

1. Chris Cornell's lead vocal is very compressed, and it sounds like there's too much by itself but fits perfectly when added to the full mix.

2, The vocal is doubled on chorus and the bridge, but a brief harmony is added on both the 3rd and 5th choruses (the repeat choruses after the 2nd verse and bridge).

3. The drums are very open sounding, meaning that we're hearing more of the overheads and room mics than any close miking, which is quite the opposite from the way most drum recordings sound today.

4. The only guitar that you'll hear is Kim Thayil's wah solo after the bridge.

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