If you’re a rock fan of a certain age (let’s say 35-45), you undoubtedly picked up the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Singles. Essentially a grunge mixtape to accompany the 1992 rom-com about Gen Xers in Seattle, it featured Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, Smashing Pumpkins, Screaming Trees, Paul Westerberg and Soundgarden, whose “Birth Ritual” might have been the heaviest song on the soundtrack.
With the 25th anniversary edition of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger coming out on November 18th, the “Super Deluxe” version (which is a whopping seven-disc version) has a disc of studio outtakes that includes an alternate version of the song, which was started during sessions for the album, but didn’t make it on in time. It’s rawer, and features Chris Cornell hitting some of the highest notes he’s hit on record. The super deluxe version, which comes out next week, isn’t cheap, but it’s a great collector’s item for the Soundgarden fan. But if you don’t want to pony up $140, then you can stream the studio outtake of the song below.