Mother Love Bone makes its first Billboard chart appearance since 1993, as new retrospective On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works debuts on five charts dated Nov. 26, including Top Rock Albums, where it bows at No. 28 with 3,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
The Seattle-based band, a pioneer of grunge and alt-metal, disbanded after just one album -- July 1990's Apple -- due to the death of frontman Andrew Wood of a heroin overdose just days before the record was initially scheduled to be released.
Earth, which features remastered versions of Apple, as well as the 1989 EP Shine alongside memorabilia, photos and more, also opens at Nos. 10 and 17, respectively, on Hard Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, plus No. 19 on Internet Albums after moving 2,000 copies digitally. Its best rank is on the Vinyl Albums chart, where it starts at No. 5 with 1,000 vinyl copies sold.
Previously, Mother Love Bone's sole Billboard chart appearances resulted from posthumous sales of Apple in 1992 that drove the record to No. 34 (Aug. 29, 1992) on Heatseekers Albums, followed by the No. 77 Billboard 200 debut and peak (Oct. 10, 1992) of the band's self-titled compilation album that included output from its EP and LP releases; it sold 15,000 copies in each of its first two weeks and reached a peak of 17,000 in its ninth week (on Jan. 9, 1993-dated Billboard 200, aided by holiday season sales).
In late 1990, Temple of the Dog, a band that took its name from a line in Mother Love Bone's "Man of Golden Words," formed as a tribute to Wood; it was fronted by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, with Mother Love Bone's bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard also joining alongside drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Mike McCready.
Temple of the Dog's self-titled album, released in 1991, reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200, spawned two top five hits on Mainstream Rock Songs ("Hunger Strike," No. 4, and "Say Hello 2 Heaven," No. 5) and featured backing vocals on certain songs by Eddie Vedder. Vedder, Ament, Gossard and McCready went on to form Pearl Jam shortly after, with Cameron, who also drummed in Soundgarden, joining Pearl Jam in 1998. Temple of the Dog is currently in the midst of a short reunion tour with its original members; it kicked off Nov. 4 in Philadelphia and concludes with a pair of shows Nov. 20 and 21 in Seattle.