'EUPHORIA MORNING' DUE OUT 20th SEPTEMBER 1999 (UK & POLAND) AND 21st SEPTEMBER 1999 (USA)
1) Can't Change Me 2) Flutter Girl 3) Preaching The End Of The World 4) Follow My Way
5) When I'm Down 6) Mission 7) Wave Goodbye 8) Moonchild 9) Sweet Euphoria
10) Disappearing One 11) Pillow Of Your Bones 12) Steel Rain
Chris Cornell: vox, guitars, harmonica
Alain Johannes: guitars, vox, bass, theremin, mandolin, clarinets, drum treatment, tablas
Natasha Shneider: keyboards, piano, organ, vox, bass, tambourine, timpani
Rick Markman: bass
Jason Falkner: bass
Josh Freese: drums
Matt Cameron: drums (Disappearing One)
Victor Indrizzo: drums (Wave Goodbye)
Bill Reiflin: drums (Steel Rain)
Greg Upchurch: drums
After a year of presence 'Euphoria Morning' has sold in 310,000 copies (US only).
Press release from Interscope:
Former Soundgarden Frontman Unleashes Solo Effort; Chris Cornell's 'Euphoria Morning' Slated for Fall
The long-awaited solo project by Chris Cornell, titled "Euphoria Morning,'' will be released on September 21st on A&M Records/Interscope. The album was recorded over the past six months in the Los Angeles studio of Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider (of the band Eleven), with all three handling the production efforts. After spending the last 12 years with Soundgarden, Chris has taken a deliberate departure from his former band's trademark sound. The new album is lyrically his most personal to date, and musically veers in a more singer- songwriter direction.
"With Soundgarden, I assumed the role as another instrument in the band: the lyrics I wrote were often influenced by the mood of the music,'' says Cornell. With this solo record, the reverse would happen - the music is tailored to the mood of the lyrics. Music is of course important, but I wanted the lyrics and vocals to be the central focus. Once the lyrics become the most important point of songs, you can't really get more personal than that."
Kicking off with the infectious, in-your-face lead single, "Can't Change Me,'' the album also features the moody rock epic, "Preaching the End of the World,'' the seductively foreboding "Follow My Way,'' and the beautiful and biting "Sweet Euphoria.'' "Disappearing One'' and "Mission'' showcase Chris' harder edge, taking the listener on a musical voyage, crossing all genres and styles. "Can't Change Me'' will hit radio stations everywhere on August 9th, with an accompanying video serviced to both MTV and VH1. Look for Chris to tour U.S. theatres in the Fall.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Chris Cornell Cultivates Lyric Style for Solo Debut
Cornell is now free to focus on launching the new chapter of his career, a path that the singer, his manager and his record company hope will see him moving into the world of Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and 'N Sync. Don't get the wrong idea. There's nothing on "Euphoria Morning," due in stores Sept. 21st, of a remotely teen-pop nature. Some songs, such as the expected first single, Can't Change Me, will hardly alienate Soundgarden fans. But there are new directions that, his team believes, could move him beyond the world of alternative rock and possibly onto the Top 40 radio playlists.
"Soundgarden enjoyed tremendous success at rock radio and alternative radio as well as MTV," says him manager Jim Guerinot. "But now I think he can be played on Top 40 as well as VH1, especially in light of seeing things like Sugar Ray and Smashmouth , which would have been considered alternative not long ago, now on Top 40. "
Tom Whalley, president of Interscope Records, believes the track that will do it is "Preaching the End of the World," an acoustic ballad with a melody reminiscent of Lennon and lyrics about longing for personal contact and emotional intimacy. "By starting with a song like Can't Change Me you have something more like what Soundgarden fans would expect, but at the same time shows growth and movement," Whalley says. "But this album is a little more about songs [than Soundgarden was] and there's a lot less misgiving about taking a broader approach to the marketplace. And you can do that without alienating his audience. "
Cornell had little of this on his mind when he started work on the album. At 34 and after 12 years in Soundgarden, he simply felt there were things he wanted to do that he couldn't inside the band. First he started writing on his own last year and then recruited Alain Johannes and Natasha Schneider, the core of the LA band Eleven, to play on and co-write some of the material, with Cornell and Johannes producing.
"Soundgarden was always somewhat equal in terms of instruments on any given song and the vocals were a fourth instrument," says Cornell. "If there was a goal here it was that vocals and lyrics would be the focus." The difference will be even more clear in concert. "The idea with this record is that people won't be coming to smash into each other so much as it is people coming to hear the songs," Cornell says, noting that he won't be playing any Soundgarden songs and will be booking sit-down theaters. "I'm really looking forward to that."
Sonicnet talked to Chris' manager, Jim Guerinot and got the full tracklisting - no Sunshower.
Ex-Soundgarden Singer To Release Varied Solo Debut In Fall Euphoria Morning features contributions from former bandmate, drummer Matt Cameron.
Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: Two years after the demise of Soundgarden, the hard-rock band's frontman, Chris Cornell, will release an "intensely musical" solo debut in the fall, according to his manager. Euphoria Morning is due Sept. 21, more than three years after Soundgarden released their last studio album, Down on the Upside. The 12-track album will be preceded by the single "Can't Change Me" in late August, manager Jim Guerniot said. The album mixes the influence of classic pop with that of such modern psychedelic-rockers as Radiohead, according to Guerniot. "It still really rocks hard at points and showcases him as a singer and songwriter." - Jim Guerniot Chris Cornell manager Guerniot described "Can't Change Me" as a "pretty straight-up, midtempo rocker with an intense musical approach and a great, strong vocal." He said the album, in addition to touching on the postmodern psychedelia exemplified by Radiohead, also experiments with electronic effects on a number of the songs. In keeping with Soundgarden's whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, Guerniot said the album swings from the hard rock of "Disappearing One" and "Follow My Way" to the dark ballad "Preaching the End of the World," which he described as "Chris' way of doing a ballad the way [British singer/songwriter] Beth Orton would do it, not like a [hard-rock producer] Mutt Lange power ballad." "He probably clipped the top end a bit," Guerniot said of the album's sound, "but it still really rocks hard at points and showcases him as a singer and songwriter." Guerniot said fans will be able to recognize Cornell's signature rebel-yell vocals, made famous on such hard-rocking Soundgarden songs as "Pretty Noose" and "Blow Up the Outside World" , but they might be surprised by the album's overall musical vibe. "Parts of it are really layered," Guerniot said, comparing it to works by Pink Floyd and Radiohead. The muscular-voiced Cornell, 35, fronted Soundgarden for more than a decade. Formed in Seattle in 1984, Soundgarden were one of the most commercially successful bands to emerge from the city's famed grunge scene, which included such contemporaries as Nirvana, Tad and the Melvins. The group was among the first signed to the influential Sub Pop label, which released Soundgarden's debut EP, the searing Screaming Life, in 1987. Soundgarden also were one of the first grunge bands to sign to a major label; A&M released Louder Than Love in 1989. Anchored by Cornell's vocals and the aggressive guitars of Kim Thayil, Soundgarden finally broke through with Superunknown (1994), which featured their first radio hit, "Black Hole Sun," as well as "Spoonman" and "Fell on Black Days." Over their 12-year career, Soundgarden sold more than 20 million albums. Cornell's first solo venture was "Sunshower", which appeared on the 1998 soundtrack to "Great Expectations." Guitarist Alain Johannes and bassist Natasha Shneider of Los Angeles rock band Eleven, who backed Cornell on "Sunshower," also appear on Euphoria Morning, and Johannes co-produced the album with Cornell. Also helping out in the studio were in-demand Los Angeles session drummer Josh Freese, who has worked with hardcore punk act the Vandals and reportedly is the new drummer for missing-in-action '80s rockers Guns n' Roses. Ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, who joined Pearl Jam's live lineup last summer, dropped by the studio while Pearl Jam were in Los Angeles earlier this year and recorded parts for the song "Disappearing One."
"I have so much newfound respect for Chris and [Pearl Jam singer] Eddie [Vedder]," said Cameron, who sings lead vocals on his side project Wellwater Conspiracy's most recent album, Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directive(s) (1999). "They're accomplished singers who write great lyrics, which is so difficult," Cameron said. "It's the most expressive instrument you can have in this style of music." Guerniot said Cornell is still working on getting a live band together; it is expected to include Johannes and Shneider, as well as session musician Ric Markman on bass. Among the venues being considered for a dozen late-summer club dates are the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, Town Hall in New York and Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles.
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