6 Songs for Bruce
|6 Songs for Bruce|
|Demo album by Soundgarden|
|Recorded||April 24, 1985|
The band, at the time a three-piece named Sound Garden, composed of guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell on drums and vocals, recorded the demo in Jack Endino's basement four-track studio[nb 1] on April 24, 1985 for their friend Bruce Pavitt, hence the name of the tape; which features a rare version of "Tears to Forget" sung by Yamamoto, and, as a bonus song, a Cornell's solo recording titled "The Storm". The side B of the cassette, humorously titled Zen Deity Speaks, contains no recordings.
6 Songs for Bruce was Soundgarden's second demo; it was preceded by a cassette tape titled The First 15, recorded in 1984.
Reissues and re-recordings
"Tears to Forget" would be re-recorded in late 1985, with Cornell on vocals and Scott Sundquist on drums, for the C/Z Records compilation album Deep Six,[nb 2] released in 1986. The song was recorded for a third time in 1987, with Matt Cameron on drums, for the band's debut EP Screaming Life.[nb 3]
"Incessant Mace" was reissued on the 1986 C/Z Records limited edition cassette-only various artists compilation Pyrrhic Victory. In 1988, the song would be re-recorded, with Cameron on drums, for the band's first full-length album Ultramega OK.[nb 5] The 2017 expanded and remixed reissue[nb 6] of that album featured two previously unreleased takes of "Incessant Mace" from the 1987 "Ultramega EP" session, produced by Endino and musical engineer Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording studio.
|Side A: 6 Songs for Bruce|
|1.||"I Think I'm Sinking"|
|2.||"Bury My Head In Sand"|
|3.||"Tears to Forget"|
|4.||"The Storm" (bonus track)||Chris Cornell|
|7.||"Out of My Skin"|
|Side B: Zen Deity Speaks (blank side)|
- Chris Cornell – lead vocals, drums, all instruments on "The Storm"
- Kim Thayil – guitar
- Hiro Yamamoto – bass, lead vocals on "Tears to Forget"
- Jack Endino – production
- "... I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle’s tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. ... I had a basement 4-track setup and had done some demos for them and others..."
– Jack Endino, Seattle 2013
- C/Z #CZ 01
- Sub Pop #SP 12
- A&M #B0022156-02
- SST #SST 201
- Sub Pop #SP1172
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