CHRIS CORNELL: Studio Has No Rights To TEMPLE OF THE DOG Masters

April 15, 2015

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell said Tuesday (April 14) that the co-founder of Seattle’s London Bridge Studios has no legitimate claim to own the master tapes of the self-titled 1991 Temple of the Dog album, which Cornell and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron recorded with members of Pearl Jam in 1990.


Cornell sided with A&M Records, which says it bought the tapes in 1993, against Rajan Parashar, whose brother Rick produced the disc.

According to the Associated Press, Cornell said, “A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio,” adding 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.”

A&M has sued Rajan Parashar in order to get him to turn the tapes over. The studio owner’s attorney insists the tapes belong to Rajan, who says he was not a participant in the 1993 deal between his brother and the label. Rick Parashar died last year.

There’s been no reason given for why A&M suddenly wants the tapes, but it’s been speculated that the label intends to remaster the record for a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue next year.