1. Nothing To Say
3. Loud Love
4. Hands All Over
5. Geton The Snake
6. Jesus Christ Pose
8. Rusty Cage
10. The Day I Tried To Live
11. Black Hole Sun
12. Fell On Black Days
13. Pretty Noose
14. Burden In My Hand
15. Blow Up The Outside World
16. Ty Cobb
17. Bleed Together
- Soundgarden: Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar); Kim Thayil (guitar); Ben Shepherd, Hiro Yamamoto (bass); Matt Cameron (drums, percussion).
- Producers include: Soundgarden, Drew Canulette, Terry Date, Michael Beinhorn.
- Engineers: Jack Endino, Crew Canulette, Lance Limbocker, Terry Date, Jason Corsaro, Adam Kasper.
- Includes liner notes by Jonathan Poneman.
- Personnel: Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar); Kim Thayil (guitar); Matt Cameron (drums, percussion).
- Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Ron Saint Germain; Soundgarden; Steve Thompson ; Brendan O'Brien .
- Recording information: Dogfish Mobile Unit, Seattle, WA; London Bridge Studio, Seattle, WA; NewBurg, OR; Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA; s.
- Photographers: Larimie Garcia; Mark Seliger; Jan Van Oldenmark; Michael Lavine; Kevin Westenberg; Charles Peterson ; Steve Gilbert.
- Ten years after crawling from the muck and mire of the Seattle grunge scene, Soundgarden's farewell compilation hits all the high points of an impressive career. Nirvana may have taken grunge public, but Soundgarden got there first. Starting with the grinding of SCREAMING LIFE's "Nothing To Say," A-SIDES demonstrates the band's evolution from muscular musical brutes to a unit whose might was tailored by an innovative use of hooks and melodicism.
- This collection finds them journeying all over the musical map, utilizing a more percussive assault ("Spoonman"), delving into the depths of psychedelia ("Black Hole Sun"), and even bringing their trademark aggressive style to the decidedly un-rock mandolin on "Ty Cobb," a song the Ramones might have written had they grown up in Kentucky instead of Queens. A-SIDES stands to prove that throughout their career, Soundgarden remained fervently ambitious in their musical endeavours.
Spin (1/98, p.113) - 6 (out of 10) - "...The post-break-up, best-of A-SIDES boasts the same heft, drama, and sex drive that convinced alternative-rock fans that Soundgarden were an acceptably ironic version of heavy metal; but it also suggests that they were too much of a retro hybrid to ever create a world of their own..."
Entertainment Weekly (12/12/97, p.90) - "Until their unexpected demise earlier this year, Soundgarden kept the grunge flag flying longer than any of their peers, and as this memorial compilation demonstrates, they not only perservered but improved....A-SIDES presents the band in all its evolving, bridling-horses glory and thunder..." - Rating: A
Melody Maker (11/22/97, p.44) - "...the true Godfathers of Grunge....Chris Cornell successfully dragged "metal" (for that is what it is) into the Nineties by sprucing it up a little and calling it 'alternative'..."
NME (Magazine) (11/1/97, p.55) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Soundgarden...were the metal band it was OK, cool even, to like. And this near-complete compilation of singles will remind you why..."