The Essential Alice In Chains CD (2006)

Artist: Alice In Chains

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Alice in Chains: Mike Inez, Mike Starr (bass guitar); Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney . Personnel: Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Layne Staley, Mike Inez (vocals, guitar); Scott Olson (guitar); Rebecca Clemons-Smith, Matthew Weiss (violin); April Acevez (viola); Justine Foy (cello); Sean Kinney (drums, percussion, background vocals); Chris Cornell, Mark Arm, Mike Starr, Ann Wilson (background vocals). Audio Remixer: Toby Wright. Liner Note Author: Steffan Chirazi. Recording information: Bad Animals, Seattle, WA (??/1990-10/1998); Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (??/1990-10/1998); Eldorado Studios, Los Angeles, CA (??/1990-10/1998); Lang studios, Seattle, WA (??/1990-10/1998); London Bridge Studios, Seattle, WA (??/1990-10/1998); Majestic Theater, Brooklyn Akademy Of Music, Brooklyn, (??/1990-10/1998); One On One (??/1990-10/1998). Photographers: Rocky Schenck; Marty Temme; Karen Moscowitz; Jay Blakesberg; George Desotal; Frank Forcino; Karen Mason Blair; John Atashian; Steve Eichner. Although Alice in Chains enjoyed both commercial and artistic success during their heyday, it is only in hindsight that their achievements can be properly assessed. The band has proven a key influence on scores of alternative metal acts that came after them, many of which outdistanced Alice in Chains in popularity. Moreover, the band's dark, winding, drone-oriented sound can be heard in everything from screamo to the mainstream rock of the early 2000s. THE ESSENTIAL ALICE IN CHAINS is an excellent two-disc set that provides a definitive overview of the Seattle quartet's output. Relying heavily on the band's debut, FACELIFT, and its breakthrough follow-up, DIRT, the set best represents the band's tough, grungy sound, yet balances it with eerie acoustic numbers from the JAR OF FLIES EP and elsewhere. Few compilations live up to the adjective "essential," but this fine package is the ideal distillation of this important band's work.

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Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 202784650
UPC 827969209028
UPC 14 00827969209028
Format CD
Release Date 9/5/2006
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Author Alice In Chains
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Alice in Chains represented the darkest side of 1990s grunge rock. Taking a page or two from such previous doom-rock purveyors as Black Sabbath and The Melvins, the band lyrically depicted the hell of drug addiction (and other hardcore topics) perhaps more convincingly than anyone else of the era.
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Artist Alice In Chains
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records

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