In , after worldwide success, a hiatus, and many albums and tours, the band finally acquired the original multi-track tapes to Ultramega OK and carved out time to dig into the remix. They handed the tapes over to longtime friend and engineer Jack Endino Nirvana, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Skin Yard , who worked with the band to create a fresh mix of the album that, for the band, ties up this persistent loose end and remedies the sound of their debut full-length. While they were at it, the band dug out six early versions of tracks that wound up on Ultramega OK. The six songs comprise what the band refers to as Ultramega EP , and they are included in this reissue. Ultramega OK comes packaged in a foil-stamped gatefold sleeve, features liner notes from Kim Thayil and Jack Endino, and includes a previously unseen photo from renowned photographer Charles Peterson. Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. Early indie releases, including seminal Screaming Life and Ultramega OK , quickly led to a dedicated indie following as the band toured on both sides of the Atlantic. Subsequent albums, including Badmotorfinger , Superunknown , and Down on the Upside , achieved multi-platinum sales and launched the band to international fame. View all videos. Photo credit: Charles Peterson.
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Soundgarden was an American grunge band formed in Seattle, Washington , in by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell , lead guitarist Kim Thayil both of whom are the only members to appear in every incarnation of the band , and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in , while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in The band dissolved in and re-formed in Following Cornell's suicide in and a year of uncertainty of the band's future, Thayil declared in an October interview with Seattle Times that they would not continue as Soundgarden;  they did, however, reunite in January for a one-off concert in tribute to Cornell. Soundgarden was one of the seminal creators of grunge , a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was the first of a number of grunge bands to sign to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the album Superunknown , which debuted at number one on the Billboard and yielded the Grammy Award -winning singles " Spoonman " and " Black Hole Sun ". In , the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After more than a decade of working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in , and Republic Records released their sixth and final studio album, King Animal , two years later. As of , Soundgarden sold more than Soundgarden's origins began with a band called the Shemps, which performed around Seattle in the early s,  and featured bassist Hiro Yamamoto and drummer and singer Chris Cornell.
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