Songbook (Chris Cornell album)

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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2011
RecordedMarch–May 2011
GenreAcoustic, alternative rock
ProducerChris Cornell
Chris Cornell chronology
Part of Me Remix EP
Higher Truth
Singles from Songbook
  1. "The Keeper"
    Released: 2011

Songbook is an acoustic live album by American musician and Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, released on November 21, 2011.[1] The live album features songs recorded during Cornell's Songbook Tour, an acoustic solo tour which took place from March to May 2011 in the US and Canada, and is his first live album as a solo artist.

The songs on the tour varied in every show, and the album was recorded during various shows on the tour, and includes songs from Cornell's whole career: solo material, Soundgarden songs, Audioslave songs, Temple of the Dog songs, as well as covers of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" and John Lennon's "Imagine".

The album debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 69.[2] It has sold 86,000 copies in the US as of August 2015.[3]

Song Information[edit]

The album includes a new song by Chris Cornell, entitled "The Keeper"; the song was written exclusively for the Marc Forster directed 2011 film, Machine Gun Preacher, and released as the lead track from the film's soundtrack in August 2011. Another new song on the album is "Cleaning My Gun", a song Cornell had been playing live during his acoustic shows for years but was never previously released on an album.

The first track on the album "As Hope and Promise Fade", was previously released as a hidden track on Cornell's third solo album, Scream, under the title "Two Drink Minimum".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording Date / LocationLength
1."As Hope and Promise Fade"Chris Cornell, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley4/20/11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada3:47
2."Scar on the Sky"Cornell4/10/11 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania3:40
3."Call Me a Dog" (Temple of the Dog song)Cornell4/20/11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada4:51
4."Ground Zero"Cornell, James Washington4/22/11 at the Vic Theater in Chicago, Illinois2:58
5."Can't Change Me"Cornell4/15/11 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey4:18
6."I Am the Highway" (Audioslave song)Cornell, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk4/20/11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada4:56
7."Thank You" (Led Zeppelin cover)Jimmy Page, Robert Plant4/27/11 at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada4:48
8."Cleaning My Gun"Cornell4/23/11 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin5:18
9."Wide Awake" (Audioslave song)Cornell, Morello, Commerford, Wilk4/17/11 at the Sixth I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC3:33
10."Fell on Black Days" (Soundgarden song)Cornell4/10/11 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania5:05
11."All Night Thing" (Temple of the Dog song)Cornell4/17/11 at the Sixth I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC3:25
12."Doesn't Remind Me" (Audioslave song)Cornell, Morello, Commerford, Wilk4/24/11 at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota4:08
13."Like a Stone" (Audioslave song)Cornell, Morello, Commerford, Wilk4/20/11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada4:04
14."Black Hole Sun" (Soundgarden song)Cornell4/30/11 at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada4:37
15."Imagine" (John Lennon cover)John Lennon4/23/11 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin4:06
16."The Keeper"Cornellstudio track3:59


Chart (2017) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 21
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 20


  1. ^ Jessica Letkemann (November 14, 2011). "Exclusive: Chris Cornell 'Songbook' EP2 First Listen". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Billboard 200: December 10, 2011". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.