Temple of the Dog - Your Saviour, from their self-titled debut, and only, album, released in 1991. Temple of the Dog were a once off project put together by members of Seattle based bands, Mother Love Bone and Soungarden, and was recorded as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, M other Love Bone's vocalist, who died from a heroin overdose, the stupid schmuck. The members were Chris Cornell on vocals and Matt Cameron on drums, both from Soungarden, and Stone Gossard on guitar and Jeff Ament on bass, both from Mother Love Bone. Gossard's schoolfriend, Mike McCready, featured on guitar. The album, released on A & M Records, received widespread acclaim immediately following its release, fusing The Doors/Joy Division fixation of Mother Love Bone with the harder, funkier rhythms of Soundgarden. The album was a moving and powerful tribute to the first casualty of the 90's Seattle scene. Ament and Gossard later went on to form Pearl Jam. Cornell released a stunning solo album last year.

Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Temple of the Dog was a one-album project conceived in 1990. The purpose of Temple of the Dog was to pay tribute to the late Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Following his death, Mother Love Bone broke up, but Wood's bandmates Jeff Ament (bass) and Stone Gossard (guitar) decided to continue working together. Before Ament and Gossard formed a new band, they assembled Temple of the Dog, recruiting Chris Cornell (vocals) and Matt Cameron (drums) from Soundgarden to form the core of the group. Temple of the Dog also featured contributions from then-unknown vocalist Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready.

Temple of the Dog recorded their eponymous album in 1990, releasing it at the end of the year on A&M Records. The album received positive reviews upon its release, but didn't chart until the summer of 1992, when Pearl Jam — a band Ament, Gossard, Vedder, McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen formed in late 1990 after the completion of the Temple of the Dog album — had a Top Ten album with their debut record, Ten. Following the success of Ten, A&M re-released "Hunger Strike" — a duet between Vedder and Cornell — as a video and single, and the album quickly scaled the charts, reaching the Top Ten and going platinum before the end of 1992. 


Jeff Ament
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Chris Cornell
Stone Gossard

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