Chris Cornell releases live album Songbook

Posted on 25 October 2011
By Richard Lewis
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Lead singer of grunge legends Soundgarden, Chris Cornell releases his first solo live album in November.

Currently on his acoustic Songbook tour of the States, the disc of live performances hits the shelves on November 21st.

The album features songs written by Cornell from across his career as well as a selection of covers. See below for full track listing and a link to new track Cleaning my Gun.

In addition to being one of the most acclaimed voices in rock, Chris Cornell stands in a class of his own as a songwriter whose works have reached a huge audience the world over, with his songs receiving cover versions by diverse artists from Johnny Cash to Alice Cooper.

Recently Cornell wrote and performed The Keeper for feature film Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster.

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, the track also features on the LP. Check out the video.

The film starring Gerard Butler is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa.

Available via iTunes, a portion of the song’s proceeds will go to Childers’ charity, Angels of East Africa.

Best known for his work with grunge legends Soundgarden, the Seattle rockers reformed last year after a hiatus of over a decade.

Pioneers of the grunge era, Soundgarden were the first Seattle band to experience success outside Washington State, their 1994 album Superunknown going on to sell in excess of five million copies in the US alone.

The band instantly reconnected with fans old and new upon reforming, touring across the US as part of the Lollapalooza tour.

As proof of their continued pulling power, the group journeyed Down Under to play The Big Day Out festival in Australia and New Zealand.

Cornell wrote some of the band’s best known songs, including classic tracks Spoonman and the Grammy award-winning Black Hole Sun.

In addition to Soundgarden, the singer formed Temple of the Dog writing classic song Hunger Strike, a duet with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.

Following Soundgarden’s dissolution in 2000, Cornell joined forces with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk in Audioslave.

The singer wrote a series of the band’s hits including Like a Stone, Be Yourself and Doesn’t Remind Me.

Alongside band related activity, Cornell’s career as a songwriter for film has included such songs as Can’t Change Me, and Mission from the soundtrack to Mission Impossible II.

His most successful soundtrack appearance came in 2006 with hit theme song You Know My Name from James Bond thriller Casino Royale.

One of the most successful installments of the spy franchise to date, the hard rock track marked a departure from the more traditional Bond themes used to date.

Songbook Full Track Listing:

As Hope and Promise Fade
Scar On The Sky
Call Me A Dog
Ground Zero
Can’t Change Me
I Am The Highway
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
Cleaning My Gun
Wide Awake
Fell On Black Days
All Night Thing
Doesn’t Remind Me
Like A Stone
Black Hole Sun
Imagine (John Lennon)
The Keeper

Listen to new track Cleaning my Gun on Soundcloud