Unreleased Chris Cornell & Layne Staley Music Collection Revealed

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Some Pearl Jam fans/sleuths have pointed out that Cameron Crowe appears to have a large collection of unreleased material from Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Chris Cornell from the Singles soundtrack era. In the mini documentary for the 25th anniversary of the film, a look at the unreleased music can be seen (view a screenshot below).

In the clip, musicians such as Alice in Chains’ Sean Kinney recall their surprise when they found out that Crowe was making a movie that featured their homegrown Seattle music scene. “I just remember thinking, ‘Cameron’s magic,'” Kinney recalls. “‘You’re gonna go to Seattle and make a movie about stuff that just a small sect of people know?’ At the time, there was no ‘the grunge.'”

“Because the film was conceived and shot before the international explosion of all of the bands,” Chris Cornell adds in an interview filmed prior to his death, “that ended up being kind of a key factor in what was referred to as the Seattle scene and the Seattle movement.”

Other artists touch on the significance of the soundtrack itself, which also included Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees and the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready calls Soundgarden’s contribution – the pummeling metal track “Birth Ritual” – “ridiculously good, one of the greatest songs ever written.”

“It bottles a moment in time,” Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin adds of the soundtrack as a whole.

“It was such an amazing thing to see the freight train of pop culture coming full blast at your little town,” says Crowe in the clip, describing the moment he was hoping to capture in the film.

Singles Soundtrack Mini Documentary from Jim Lane on Vimeo.