MTV Unplugged

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between the end of 1993 and a performance for MTV Unplugged in the spring of 1996, Alice in Chains performed no concerts -- they didn't even support the release of their eponymous third album with a minor tour. There's a variety of reasons for their inactivity -- primarily it's due to the health of certain members -- but the lack of concerts made the Unplugged performance seem special. During the concert, Alice in Chains drew from their three albums and two EPs, offering new, more reflective arrangements for harder songs like "Would?" and virtually re-creating the original versions of "Got Me Wrong" and "No Excuses." Throughout the album, the group sounds tight ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between the end of 1993 and a performance for MTV Unplugged in the spring of 1996, Alice in Chains performed no concerts -- they didn't even support the release of their eponymous third album with a minor tour. There's a variety of reasons for their inactivity -- primarily it's due to the health of certain members -- but the lack of concerts made the Unplugged performance seem special. During the concert, Alice in Chains drew from their three albums and two EPs, offering new, more reflective arrangements for harder songs like "Would?" and virtually re-creating the original versions of "Got Me Wrong" and "No Excuses." Throughout the album, the group sounds tight and professional -- on the basis of this performance, it's hard to believe that they hadn't played together for nearly three years -- but it doesn't offer anything that the albums don't already. The acoustic arrangements of the harder songs sound like novelties, and the rest sound like rehashes of their previous work, only without much energy. Again, it's a case of an Unplugged album that is designed to attract the band's core audience, which makes it a fairly entertaining effort that is essentially just an official bootleg.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/1996
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886919794724
  • Catalog Number: 197947
  • Sales rank: 5,463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nutshell (4:57)
  2. 2 Brother (5:27)
  3. 3 No Excuses (4:57)
  4. 4 Sludge Factory (4:36)
  5. 5 Down In a Hole (5:46)
  6. 6 Angry Chair (4:36)
  7. 7 Rooster (6:41)
  8. 8 Got Me Wrong (4:59)
  9. 9 Heaven Beside You (5:37)
  10. 10 Would? (3:43)
  11. 11 Frogs (7:30)
  12. 12 Over Now (7:12)
  13. 13 Killer is Me (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice in Chains Primary Artist
Jerry Cantrell Guitar, Vocals
Sean Kinney Drums
Scott Olson Bass, Guitar
Layne Staley Guitar, Vocals
Mike Inez Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Jerry Cantrell Composer, Lyricist
Alex Coletti Producer
Kirk Hammett Composer
James Hetfield Composer
Sean Kinney Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Layne Staley Composer, Lyricist
Lars Ulrich Composer
Toby Wright Producer, Engineer
Mike Inez Composer
Don C. Tyler Digital Editing
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Joe Perota Director
Audrey Morrissey Producer
John Harris Engineer
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