Record label and studio owner in fight over Chris Cornell-featuring supergroup's tapes

Temple Of The Dog's master recordings currently belong to Seattle studio founder Rajan Parashar

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A&M Records and the co-founder of Seattle's London Bridge studios, Rajan Parashar, are fighting over the master recordings of grunge supergroup Temple Of The Dog.

Parashar's brother Rick, who he co-founded the studio with and was the producer of the recordings, failed to honour a deal made in 1993 in which he agreed to give the tapes and the subsequent rights to A&M for £24,000 ($35,000). Rick Parashar died in August of last year and left the tapes in his brother's possession.

Rolling Stone reports that the record label believed the members of the supergroup, which included Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, had possession of the tapes but learnt that that was not the case.

Rajan Parashar's attorney Warren Rheaume told the Seattle Times: "He's had them all along. They're his."

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the 'Temple Of The Dog' album, with the record now considered a grunge classic having gone platinum despite originally being overlooked in 1991.

Temple Of The Dog also featured Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron plus bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard, who were both in the band Mother Love Bone. Future Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready was also a member, and Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder sang backing vocals on the record, and joint lead on the single 'Hunger Strike'. Cornell formed the band to help him out on an album he was writing paying tribute to Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who died in 1990.
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