SOUNDGARDEN
ALIVE IN THE SUPERUNKNOWN

LABEL:
A&M Records

CATALOG #
44004 4102 2

RELEASE DATE
Nov 21 1995

BEN1
BHS1
CHRIS1
CHRIS2
DOWN
EXIT1
EXIT2
KICKLIVE
KIM1
MATT1
MYWAVE
SHPE
SPOONMAN
SUPERUNK1
UP
VIDEOS
WHEEL

Alive in the Superunknown was Soundgarden's first multimedia effort, issued on the relatively new (at the time) CD+ medium. CD+ allows both standard audio tracks and multimedia clips to exist on the same disc. While all audio CD players can read the CD+ wth no problems, there are some CD-ROM drives that are unable to recognize the format. Hence, the CD+ comes bundled with a CD containing Corel CD+ drivers for Windows 3.1x and Macintosh System 7.x.

Please note that there is a possibility that your CD-ROM drive will not be able to read the CD+ if is more than a few years old. For example, be aware that Creative Labs' 2X and 6X drives do not support CD+ and the company has made it known that they do not plan to write drivers for the format.

The standard audio tracks included on the CD+ are as follows:

  1. SUPERUNKNOWN (LP version, 5:06)
    Produced by Michael Beinhorn and Soundgarden
    Mixed by Brendan O'Brien

  2. FELL ON BLACK DAYS (video version, 5:26)
    Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien

  3. SHE LIKES SURPRISES (international LP version, 3:17)
    Produced by Michael Beinhorn and Soundgarden
    Mixed by Alex Reed

  4. LIKE SUICIDE (acoustic version, 6:11)
    Recorded by Chris

The multimedia portion of the CD Plus (developed by nu.millennia) contains the following:

  • a series of collections of photos of the band
  • videos of Artis the Spoonman in Seattle
  • a video game which you must play to get out of
  • the band's animated Badmotorfinger logo
  • videos for "My Wave," "Fell On Black Days," "Black Hole Sun," and "The Day I Tried to Live"
  • a video of a live version of "Kickstand"
  • an audio player that allows you to play the four audio clips from your computer

The liner notes include complete installation instructions as well as troubleshooting guidelines and ways to reach technical support.

The minimum system requirements for running the CD+ are as follows:

Macintosh Computer
68040 33MHz processor with minimum 8MB memory
double speed multi-session CD-ROM drive
System 7.1 or greater
minimum 256-color monitor
mouse
CD Plus compatible CD-ROM extensions (included)

Windows 3.1 or Windows 95
486-66MHz with minimum 8MB memory
super VGA (minimum 640x480, 256-color)
double speed multi-session CD-ROM drive
16-bit sound card
mouse
MCI CD audio and WAV audio support
CD Plus compatile CD-ROM device drivers (included

The artwork at the official website (which is what you see below) is not the cover, but the "main menu" of the multimedia portion of the CD Plus. Clicking on the upper left would take you to the video forest, the upper right would take you to the photo jam, the lower left would take you to the audio player, the staircase would take you to the Superunknown, and clicking on the skull exits the program.

As you may already know, the official Soundgarden website has its own CD+ promo (with lots of dazzling server push-pull stuff). Also, check out Polygram Records' page for info, a couple of sound clips, and a 32-second video clip.

The four regular audio tracks that are on the CD+ were also made available on an audio-only EP that was released the same day, called Songs From The Superunknown.