Greatest Hits

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Always the most shadowy of the original generation of grunge bands, Alice in Chains have spent the past several years couched in a darkness deep enough to prompt fans to wonder if they'll ever emerge again. While that's still open to debate, this powerful retrospective -- in essence a distillation of 1999's career-spanning box set, Music Bank -- makes for a fine backward look at the catalogue of Layne Staley and company. From the crushingly despondent, riff-driven tones of "Man in the Box" to the weary, but compelling musings of "Would?" and "Heaven Beside You," this ten-song compilation deals all of the AiC calling cards: squalling guitars, a punishing bottom end, and...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Always the most shadowy of the original generation of grunge bands, Alice in Chains have spent the past several years couched in a darkness deep enough to prompt fans to wonder if they'll ever emerge again. While that's still open to debate, this powerful retrospective -- in essence a distillation of 1999's career-spanning box set, Music Bank -- makes for a fine backward look at the catalogue of Layne Staley and company. From the crushingly despondent, riff-driven tones of "Man in the Box" to the weary, but compelling musings of "Would?" and "Heaven Beside You," this ten-song compilation deals all of the AiC calling cards: squalling guitars, a punishing bottom end, and the haunted vocals of Staley, who's become one of hard rock's more tragic figures in recent years. Still, with the rangy riffing of Jerry Cantrell at the fore of songs like "Angry Chair" and "Them Bones," these Chains are certain to bind.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Greatest Hits is not, alas, the antidote to the botched Nothing Safe: Best of the Box compilation, but rather a lower-priced, ten-track sampler of Alice in Chains' career. The songs are mostly excellent and well-chosen, but unfortunately, there are simply too few of them. Greatest Hits will serve the needs of casual fans who just want ten of Alice in Chains' best songs on one disc without shelling out too much money, but there are too many other good moments in the group's back catalog to make this a good buy for anyone else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998592223
  • Catalog Number: 85922
  • Sales rank: 9,923

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man In The Box (4:47)
  2. 2 Them Bones (2:30)
  3. 3 Rooster (6:15)
  4. 4 Angry Chair (4:48)
  5. 5 Would? (3:28)
  6. 6 No Excuses (4:15)
  7. 7 I Stay Away (4:14)
  8. 8 Grind (4:46)
  9. 9 Heaven Beside You (5:29)
  10. 10 Again (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice in Chains Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Bryan Carlstrom Engineer
Ronnie S. Champagne Engineer
Dave Jerden Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Rick Parashar Producer, Engineer
Toby Wright Producer, Engineer
Tom Nellen Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Elliott Blakey Engineer
Michael Inez Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I'm going to tell you right now that if you haven't bought this CD yet, get The Essential Alice in Chains instead. Don't get me wrong, I must've listened to this album 50 times the first 3 days after I bought it, but it's lacking material. First thing that puzzled me is the fact they neglected putting hits such as "Down in a Hole" or "Sludge Factory" onto this CD. Also, they completely skipped putting material from Unplugged or for that matter the Sap EP. Other than that it's a good CD. If you're a casual listener, I recommend this, but die-hard fans would find Music Bank or The Essential a better fit for your AIC needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good selection but....

    This is a good collection of songs by one of the foremost in the 90's grunge movement. However, I was severely dissappointed when they neglected to put "Down in a Hole" on this album. That is a great song and certainly qualifies as a "greatest hits".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Listen To This CD Again,and Again,and Again,and Again,and Again...

    These 10 songs are all I know about Alice In Chains,and whichever ones I rarely hear on the radio. "Man In The Box" was my first favorite,then after I borrowed this CD from my brother the other 9 instantly became my favorites. I think "No Excuses","Grind",and "Again" are the ones I can't get out of my head. Lately I've been singing my little baby brother to sleep to "Again",it's the first song that comes to my head when I try to think of a lullaby to sing,not "Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star". I think everyone should have this CD. I think everyone should know who Alice In Chains are,they INVENTED alt-rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    Some people might think greatest hit albums are for posers....... this album prooves them wrong. The songs are great sounding and most of them are very popular they are also very hard core. You get to hear many of the sad thoughts of writer and lead guitarists Jerry Cantrell. I highly recomend you buy this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is a great CD. I love every song on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A few good songs, a lot more left out

    This short collection grabs ten of the most popular songs from AIC's career and is an impressive group of songs. Unfortunately, ten songs cannot begin to capture even the essence of Alice in Chains' career. The song selection by album is uneven, and AIC's acoustic side is underrepresented. While this CD consists of ten great songs and is good in that respect, only a multidisc collection could truly do AIC justice. Buy Music Bank or, even better, the entire AIC catalogue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hits in the Same Box?

    Well, there isn't enough tracks from their first album "Facelift" only 'Man in the Box'. There should be 'We Die Young' and 'Love Hate Love' too. Alice in Chains has more good songs than 10. They should have put there at least 15 tracks. The songs from 'Dirt' (4 tracks) are well chosen but there could have been 'Dirt' and 'Hate to Feel' too.

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