CHRIS CORNELL Says Studio Owner Has No Right To TEMPLE OF THE DOG Tapes

April 15, 2015

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell said Tuesday that the co-founder of Seattle's London Bridge Studios has no legitimate claim to own the master tapes of the self-titled 1991 TEMPLE OF THE DOG album, which Cornell and SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron recorded with members of PEARL JAM in 1990. Cornell sided with A&M Records, which says it bought the tapes in 1993, against Rajan Parashar, whose brother Rick produced the disc.

According to the Associated Press, Cornell said, "A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio," adding that for Parashar "to pretend he has a right to keep the recordings makes no more sense than the owner of a laundromat claiming he owns the clothes you washed in his washing machine."

A&M has sued Rajan Parashar in order to get him to turn the tapes over. The former studio owner's attorney insists the tapes belong to Rajan, who says he was not a participant in the 1993 deal between his brother and the label. Rick Parashar died last year.

There's been no reason given for why A&M suddenly wants the tapes, but it's been speculated that the label intends to remaster the record for a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue next year.

The TEMPLE OF THE DOG album was recorded in 15 days as a tribute to late MOTHER LOVE BONE singer Andrew Wood. Cornell and Wood were roommates, while surviving MOTHER LOVE BONE members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard formed the nucleus of PEARL JAM.


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