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Soundgarden Box Set Due in May

While we wait for a new Soundgarden album, Universal Music will be giving fans a chance to pad their collections with a new box set.

The Classic Album Selection will feature four studio albums — 1989's Louder Than Love, 1991's Badmotorfinger, 1994's Superunknown and 1996's Down On The Upside — as well as last year's live album, Live On I-5.

While the absence of Ultramega OK from 1988 means you won't be completing your Soundgarden catalog in one fell swoop, the box set does make a nifty collector's item.

According to an official press release, "The albums will be presented as a set of mini-LPs in gatefold wallets with booklets and exclusive new artwork designed by widely acclaimed designer and long-term soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham."

Soundgarden are still eyeing a tentative fall release date for their as-yet-untitled new album.

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Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.