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Chris Cornell Streaming Select Tracks From ‘Songbook’ Online

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Chris Cornell fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter of the Soundgarden frontman’s solo career, your wait is over. Cornell’s fourth solo album, ‘Songbook,’ is due out next week, and in advance of the Nov. 21 release date it’s being issued digitally as three shorter EPs.

‘Songbook EP 1′ was posted earlier this month here, and now the second of those, ‘EP 2,’ is streaming online here.

Fifteen of ‘Songbook”s 16 tracks were recorded live during a solo tour Cornell embarked on last spring, and the disc captures all eras of his career, with songs by Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog sitting pretty next to selections from his solo career.

Also included on ‘Songbook’ are two covers: Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Thank You’ and John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine.’ The disc’s one studio recording, ‘The Keeper,’ is featured on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Machine Gun Preacher.’

‘EP 2′ features Cornell’s acoustic versions of Audioslave’s ‘Wide Awake’ and the Grammy-nominated ‘Doesn’t Remind Me,’ Temple of the Dog’s ‘Call Me a Dog’ and the Soundgarden hit ‘Black Hole Sun.’

Cornell kicked off a fall tour in support of ‘Songbook’ on Nov. 1 in Memphis, Tenn., and has dates scheduled through a Dec. 15 gig in San Francisco. He recently had to reschedule some gigs because of a bout with laryngitis. He is slated to perform at New York’s prestigous Carnegie Hall on Nov. 21, the day ‘Songbook’ hits stores.

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