Live

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the title of this 15-song concert disc might sound unduly optimistic, given AIC's dubious status over the past couple of years, there's no denying the vitality that oozes from these grooves. Culled from several separate appearances -- ranging from a 1990 gig in the band's hometown of Seattle to a 1996 show that stands, as of now, as its swan song -- Live packs plenty of primal power and a palpable undercurrent of menace. The baritone growl of frontman Layne Staley, while eerie throughout, is at its most fearsome on the earliest tracks, "Bleed the Freak" and "Queen of the Rodeo," both of which also feature original bassist Mike Starr. Several songs recorded in ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the title of this 15-song concert disc might sound unduly optimistic, given AIC's dubious status over the past couple of years, there's no denying the vitality that oozes from these grooves. Culled from several separate appearances -- ranging from a 1990 gig in the band's hometown of Seattle to a 1996 show that stands, as of now, as its swan song -- Live packs plenty of primal power and a palpable undercurrent of menace. The baritone growl of frontman Layne Staley, while eerie throughout, is at its most fearsome on the earliest tracks, "Bleed the Freak" and "Queen of the Rodeo," both of which also feature original bassist Mike Starr. Several songs recorded in Glasgow for the benefit of the BBC have more of an unhinged feel, particularly "Love, Hate, Love" and a version of "Junkhead" that's all too effective in conveying the song's subtext. By the time of the 1996 show -- the final date on the band's stint opening for Kiss -- there's an unmistakable distance between the band members, a coolness that pervades "Dam That River" and "A Little Bitter." Still, given the tension present in Alice in Chains' best work, that's not an altogether inappropriate addition. Live is a worthy -- if cautionary -- document for hard rock fans who are fond of the dark side.
All Music Guide - Greg Prato
With Alice in Chains on hiatus by the turn of the 21st century, Columbia Records issued several stop-gap releases to fill up the space -- 1999's greatest-hits collection Nothing Safe and the box set Music Bank, and a year later, their first true live collection, titled simply Live. Despite Alice in Chains' inability or outright refusal to launch a proper tour after 1994, fans lucky enough to have caught one of their early tours will attest that they were quite a powerful live act. Their detuned sound and tales from the darkside are even more sinister and gripping on the concert stage, as evidenced by this 14-track set. With a healthy helping of selections from their 1992 tour de force, Dirt, Alice in Chains let it rip on such metallic standouts as "Dam That River," "Would?," "Rooster," "Angry Chair," "Junkhead," and a "drunk and disorderly" version of Dirt's title track. Also featured are the early classics "Man in the Box" and "Bleed the Freak," as well as a track that never appeared on any of their official studio albums, "Queen of the Rodeo." Live shows what a devastating live band Alice in Chains could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998527423
  • Catalog Number: 85274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bleed The Freak (4:33)
  2. 2 Queen Of THe Rodeo (4:40)
  3. 3 Angry Chair (4:22)
  4. 4 Man In The Box (4:57)
  5. 5 Love, Hate, Love (7:47)
  6. 6 Rooster (6:48)
  7. 7 Would? (3:48)
  8. 8 Junkhead (5:20)
  9. 9 Dirt (5:23)
  10. 10 Them Bones (2:39)
  11. 11 God Am (3:58)
  12. 12 Again (4:23)
  13. 13 A Little Bitter (3:51)
  14. 14 Dam That River (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice in Chains Primary Artist
Jerry Cantrell Band
Layne Staley Band
Mike Starr Bass, Band
Mike Inez Band
Technical Credits
Jerry Cantrell Composer
Sean Kinney Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Layne Staley Composer
Tony Wilson Producer
Mike Walter Engineer
Mike Inez Composer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Mark Naficy Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alice at their finest

    The most riveting live album since, Nirvana unplugged. Layne Staley's words and voice are intoxicating.... Sean Kinney's drumming mesmorising Jerry cantrell's guitar playing is very clean..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Record company slapped together job?

    I love AIC as much as anyone and some of the material on here is great (Man in the Box, Would?, Bleed the Freak, God Am), but I just can't shake the feeling it has a bit of record company "hurry-up and cash in on their popularity before it wanes" to it as well. The drunken Layne rambling bit was odd and Grind sounds shaky and forced. Given the wealth of material they (Sony, AIC) have most likely recorded from live shows over the years (particularly in the beginning when they were touring heavily) this CD feels incomplete. There's so much missing (I realize part of it is because they quit touring due to Layne's drug issues). However, if Sony really wants to pay tribute to one of the best, most musically versatile bands to come out of Seattle with a live performance, then they should go back through the archives and give fans a real treat - a thought-out live CD that really captures the band at its best. Not something that was slapped together so they could say AIC has a live CD out. Layne's vocals and lyrics were brilliant, Jerry's guitar and vocals harmonized with Layne's to perfection, Mike is a master bass player and Sean bangs the drums like he's on a personal mission. The Nirvana box set is about to come out and it appears from the song list they really mined the archives to give their fans something new and different. I think Alice fans deserve the same treatment from Sony. The AIC box set is wonderful, but how about an honest live CD? This was one of the best bands to come out of Seattle, period, with an amazing core group of die-hard fans who just deserve better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like Tony the Tiger says;''They're Greeaat!!''

    When I heard when this CD would be out,I immediately went to the store to buy it,and as I looked at the back of the CD to see what songs would be on it,I became really excited!Nearly all my favs were on there!''Dam that River,Man in the box,Dirt,and one I hadn't heard before;''Queen of the Rodeo''.I could barely get that stupid,''even Superman would have a hard time opening'',cellophane wrapping off fast enough!And after I taped my fingers back on with that same darn wrapping,I put the cd in,the headphones on,the volume up,and imagined myself there with all those screaming fans as Layne and the boys took the stage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Live Hard Rock Masterpiece

    Alice in Chains is one of the many grunge/hard rock bands that spawned from Seattle,and one of many Seattle bands with a lot of talent. This latest release, ''Alice in Chains Live'' captures the force and velocity of this hard-working band, and provides proof of how great AIC really is, by giving the buyer of this album what they paid for, and shows the listener the trademark of AIC, their live shows. So pick up a copy of this great live album, you wont be sorry.

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    Posted October 27, 2009

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