Temple of the Dog

Release date
16 Apr 1991
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Say Hello 2 Heaven 6:24 141,366
2 Reach Down 11:14 119,077
3 Hunger Strike 4:04 296,804
4 Pushin' Forward Back 3:45 55,744
5 Call Me A Dog 5:03 148,700
6 Times Of Trouble 5:43 132,923
7 Wooden Jesus 4:11 132,730
8 Your Savior 4:03 41,359
9 Four Walled World 6:54 111,404
10 All Night Thing 3:53 117,981

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Temple of the Dog is the only studio album by the American rock band Temple of the Dog, released on April 16, 1991 through A&M Records. The album is a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who had been Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood’s roommate, approached former Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament about working on material he had written when he was on tour with Soundgarden in Europe. The line-up eventually included Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and newcomers Mike McCready (lead guitar) and Eddie Vedder (background vocals). McCready and Vedder were featured on the album due to their involvement with Ament and Gossard’s next project, which became Pearl Jam.

The recording sessions took place from November 1990 to December 1990 at London Bridge Studios, in Seattle, Washington. The album was recorded in only 15 days. The group worked with producer Rick Parashar. Two songs on the album, “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, were written in response to Wood’s death, while other songs on the album were written by Cornell on tour prior to Wood’s death or re-worked from existing material from demos written by Gossard and Ament.

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