Lawsuit Over TEMPLE OF THE DOG Master Tapes Settled; Album To Get Deluxe Reissue

Lawsuit Over TEMPLE OF THE DOG Master Tapes Settled; Album To Get Deluxe Reissue

Last year, A&M Records sued Rajan Parashar, co-founder of London Bridge Studios, claiming he wouldn't return the master tapes of the self-titled 1991 TEMPLE OF THE DOG album, which SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron recorded with members of PEARL JAM in 1990. Cornell sided with A&M Records, which said it bought the tapes in 1993, against Rajan Parashar, whose brother Rick produced the disc.

A&M and Rajan Parashar have finally come to an agreement, with Cornell tweeting a picture of the master tapes today along with the caption: "TEMPLE OF THE DOG masters returned today. History made a whole 25 years later!"

A&M reportedly intends to remaster the record for a 25th-anniversary deluxe reissue later this 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.

When A&M's lawsuit against Rajan Parashar was first filed, Cornell told the Associated Press, "A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio," and added 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."

The former studio owner's attorney insisted the tapes belonged to Rajan, who said he was not a participant in the 1993 deal between his brother and the label. Rick Parashar died in 2014.


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