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Greatest hits album by Soundgarden
Released September 28, 2010
Recorded 1987–1996
Genre Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal
Length 59:40
Language English
Label A&M/Interscope
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Drew Canulette, Terry Date, Jack Endino, Adam Kasper, Soundgarden
Soundgarden chronology
Live on I-5
Singles from Telephantasm
  1. "Black Rain"
    Released: August 17, 2010
  2. "The Telephantasm"
    Released: November 26, 2010

Telephantasm is a compilation album by the American rock band Soundgarden. Featuring songs spanning the band's 13-year career, it was released on September 28, 2010 through A&M Records. The album was certified platinum by RIAA after its first day of retail availability based on the one million discs that were included in packages for the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.[1]


The album was released in September 2010 on A&M Records following the band's reunion earlier that year. The career-spanning retrospective album includes an unreleased track, "Black Rain", taken from the Badmotorfinger recording sessions. In late August 2010, "Black Rain" reached #44 on the Canadian Hot 100 and #96 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. "Black Rain" peaked at #14 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.

Kim Thayil explained the title Telephantasm as "an illusion at a distance, or a ghost from afar. Which I think would be an appropriate reference to what we have here — a retrospective of a band that had been inactive for thirteen years." He added that the album emerged from a project to do a "B-Sides" compilation following the 1997 greatest hits album A-Sides, but the band decided to include some more known songs because "we need to re-establish ourselves with the rock and roll audience out there, the younger audience."[2]

The 1-CD version of the album is featured in the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, with "Black Rain" available on the disc, and the remaining eleven tracks available as downloadable content alongside release of the game.

The 2-CD/DVD limited edition package includes a booklet containing a biography of Soundgarden written by Jeff Gilbert, a message from Kim Thayil and content credits.

The 3-LP 12" Vinyl Edition includes all songs along with a one time use download key for all the songs in 320 kbit/s mp3 format taken directly from the vinyl.[clarification needed]

The album features artwork by Josh Graham, who handles the visual arts for Neurosis, as well as artwork for other artists.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Chris Cornell, except where noted.

Single-disc version
No. Title Music Length
1. "Hunted Down" (Screaming Life EP, 1987) Kim Thayil 2:41
2. "Hands All Over" (Louder Than Love, 1989) Thayil 5:58
3. "Outshined" (Badmotorfinger, 1991)   5:11
4. "Rusty Cage" (Badmotorfinger)   4:25
5. "Birth Ritual" (Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1992) Cornell, Thayil, Matt Cameron 6:05
6. "My Wave" (Superunknown, 1994) Cornell, Thayil 5:13
7. "Spoonman" (Superunknown)   4:08
8. "Black Hole Sun" (Superunknown)   5:19
9. "Fell on Black Days" (Superunknown)   4:39
10. "Burden in My Hand" (Down on the Upside, 1996)   4:50
11. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Down on the Upside)   5:46
12. "Black Rain" (Previously unreleased, 2010) Thayil, Ben Shepherd 5:25
Total length:

Deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Music Place of Origin Length
1. "All Your Lies" ('86 version) Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto Deep Six, 1986 3:52
2. "Hunted Down"   Thayil Screaming Life EP 2:41
3. "Fopp"   Billy Beck, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Mervin Pierce, Clarence Satchell, James Williams (all credited for both music and lyrics) Fopp, 1988 3:38
4. "Beyond the Wheel"     Ultramega OK, 1988 (U.S.)/1989 (UK) 4:23
5. "Flower" (BBC session for John Peel at the Golders Green Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, England, May 14, 1989) Thayil Originally from Ultramega OK 3:28
6. "Hands All Over"   Thayil Louder Than Love 5:58
7. "Big Dumb Sex"     Louder Than Love 4:11
8. "Get on the Snake" (Live) Thayil Louder Than Love 3:30
9. "Room a Thousand Years Wide" (Single version) Cameron; lyrics by Thayil Badmotorfinger 4:14
10. "Rusty Cage"     Badmotorfinger 4:27
11. "Outshined"     Badmotorfinger 5:11
12. "Slaves & Bulldozers"   Cornell, Shepherd Badmotorfinger 6:58
Disc two
No. Title Music Place of Origin Length
1. "Jesus Christ Pose" (Live) Cameron, Cornell, Shepherd, Thayil "Black Hole Sun" single B-side, 1994; originally from Badmotorfinger 7:13
2. "Birth Ritual"   Cornell, Cameron, Thayil Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 6:04
3. "My Wave"   Cornell, Thayil Superunknown 5:15
4. "Superunknown"   Cornell, Thayil Superunknown 5:09
5. "Spoonman"     Superunknown 4:07
6. "Black Hole Sun"     Superunknown 5:20
7. "Fell on Black Days" (Video version)   Originally from Superunknown 4:46
8. "Burden in My Hand"     Down on the Upside 4:49
9. "Dusty"   Shepherd Down on the Upside 4:36
10. "Pretty Noose" (Live on Saturday Night Live)   Originally from Down on the Upside 4:25
11. "Blow Up the Outside World" (MTV Live 'N' Loud)   Originally from Down on the Upside 5:32
12. "Black Rain"   Thayil, Shepherd Previously unreleased 5:26
13. "The Telephantasm" (iTunes full album download-only bonus track) Thayil (also does lyrics) Previously unreleased 2:57
No. Title Length
1. "Flower"    
2. "Hands All Over"    
3. "Loud Love"    
4. "Jesus Christ Pose" (Original version)  
5. "Outshined"    
6. "Rusty Cage"    
7. "My Wave"    
8. "Spoonman"    
9. "The Day I Tried to Live" (Uncensored)  
10. "Black Hole Sun"    
11. "Fell on Black Days"    
12. "Pretty Noose" (Uncensored)  
13. "Burden in My Hand"    
14. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Uncensored)  
Bonus videos
No. Title Length
1. "Spoonman" (Mash-up version)  
2. "The Day I Tried to Live" (European version)  
3. "Superunknown"    
4. "Pretty Noose" (International version)  
5. "Pretty Noose" (Alternate ending)  
6. "Blow Up the Outside World" (Censored)  



Chart performances[edit]

Chart Position
Australian Albums Chart 20
Belgium Albums Chart 76
Dutch Albums Chart 97
Italian Albums Chart 48
German Albums Chart 73
Greek Albums Chart 40
New Zealand Albums Chart 12
Norwegian Albums Chart 35
Spanish Albums Chart 66
Swiss Albums Chart 94
UK Albums Chart 83
US Billboard 200[4] 24



Country Provider Certification
United States RIAA Platinum[8]


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  4. ^ "Soundgarden - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Soundgarden - Telephantasm - Music Charts". Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK : Chart Date 09.10.2010" (TXT). Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundgarden - Telephantasm". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Singles". 5 October 2010.