Sunday, April 12, 2015

Legal battle over Temple Of The Dog master tapes begins

A legal battle has begun over the master tapes to Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog’s 1991 self-titled album.

The one-off project – which featured members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam – was conceived by Chris Cornell as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone.

The Seattle Times reports A&M Records is suing London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar to return the tapes following the 2014 death of his brother and fellow studio co-founder, producer Rick Parashar.

According to the lawsuit, Rick initially produced Temple Of The Dog in 1990 on a verbal agreement with the band before a label contract was signed in 1993, in which A&M alleges Rick agreed to turn over the master tapes and all rights to them for $35,000.

Rajan’s lawyer, Warren Rheaume, says his client was not part of any agreement between his brother and A&M and has custody of the master tapes.

“Temple Of The Dog” featured the singles “Hunger Strike” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, while the album peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than a million copies in the States alone.

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