The Unofficial Soundgarden homepage gives the record’s history. In brief, A&M released the video of the same title to promote Louder Than Love, Soundgarden’s (fantastic) major label debut. The video contained five live songs plus the regular videos for “Hands All Over” and “Loud Love.” A&M simultaneously released a 12” vinyl version that added “Beyond the Wheel” and a CD that added “Beyond the Wheel” and “Hunted Down.” I have a booted version of the CD, although the bootleggers clearly used the 12” version to reference the track listing, as it contains an uncredited “Hunted Down.”
I owned the video at one point, too, and to be honest, I didn’t love it. The performances—from December 7th and 10th 1989 at the Whisky A Go-Go in
Performance of "Loud Love" from the same era but a different source.
As far as the songs? The performance epitomizes Soundgarden at their shambolic, pasty, sludgy, heavy best. The guitars don’t stay in tune, and Chris Cornell struggles to hit the high notes (especially when he’s also playing guitar). Somehow, though, they seem titanic, forcing their disparate elements (Led Zeppelin, the Melvins, a philosophy degree, rainy weather, shirtlessness, Sabbath, duct tape) to cohere by virtue of volume and carnal energy. Cornell later became a bona fide, mainstream sex symbol and rock star, and I have mixed (generally negative) feelings about his output since the early 90s, but at the time? As the t-shirt said, Total. Fucking. Godhead.
Beyond the Wheel
Get on the Snake
Big Dumb Sex
Big Bottom/Earache My Eye
For some reason, MediaMax is taking an eternity to process the invidual mp3s, so for the time being, you'll have to download the .zip file to hear 'em.