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MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged

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by Alice in Chains

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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


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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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
Audrey Morris   Contributor
Jon Bates   Engineer
Alex Coletti   Producer
John Harris   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Toby Wright   Producer,Engineer
Brian Kingman   Engineer
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Joe Perota   Director
Audrey Morris   Liner Note Producer
Audrey Morrissey   Producer

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Unplugged 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unplugged was Alice in Chains's first concert in three years, and it sadly proved to be their last one. With that thought in mind, the album really comes out as a final cry from Layne Staley and his bandmates out to their loyal fans. The band sounds tight, energetic, and their performance gives more insight into each member's personality. The concert opens with the hauntingly beautiful minor chord progression of "Nutshell," which sets the stage for a fairly somber lineup of songs. It's "Got Me Wrong" that is the album's greatest achievement - Staley's falsetto screeches high above Cantrell's smoother voice during the harmonized parts and guest guitarist Scott Olson provides impressive lead licks over Cantrell's rich rhythm progression. Even more impressive are the originally heavy electric songs like "Angry Chair" "Sludge Factory" and "Rooster" that are delivered with as much power, though in very different styles, as the originals. And Staley's bitter speech during the disturbing "Frogs" displays wh a versatile and unrelenting band Alice in Chains was, even in an unplugged concert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are into Grunge or Alice In Chains this is perfect for you, and even if you aren't I still highly reccomend it. This performance could definitely turn someone into an Alice In Chains fan if they aren't already. I Would definitely say this is the best unplugged ever. I prefer it even over Nirvana's unplugged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a reflective and emotional set, exposing Alice in Chains at its best. Though there are a few more songs that deserved spots, the selections for the most part are great. I especially like "Brother", which, stripped of its over-production, is an incredible and compelling song. Jerry Cantrell's and Layne Staley's vocals are at their best here, especially on "Down in a Hole". This is better than any unplugged album I've ever heard, and though it has a few flaws, they are so few that they don't deter this wonderful album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very good, don't get me wrong. I just liked Nirvana's Unplugged a lot better. Comparing the band to what they sound like on their electric albums, Kurt on Unplugged was amazing. The Alice in Chains Unplugged wasn't is good as Nirvana's. I thought it was decent though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT album, the first AIC I ever bought, even if you don't normally like hard rock/metal/grunge, you will most likly enjoy this. And if you do like those...what are you waiting for?!?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in Chains has to be one of the most influential bands in 90's music history. Defining the stunning last chapter of skill in music, Alice in Chains, represents the one of the last bands that actually possesses skills, compared to the style of today's bands. Out of all the bands I have listened to, this is one of those rare bands that actually has a wide variety to the styles of music that is played. Going from an acoustic depressive type style (SAP, Jar of Flies, etc) to the hard heavy metal riffs (Grind, Again, We Die Young, etc) it is sad to see that the band fell apart. Judging from the pattern that today's so called "rock and alternative" bands are heading, one could definitly conclude that the days of actual talent within the sphere of rock music, has died along with this band. Sure Jerry Cantrell (guitarist, lyricist) has gone on to release two albulms (both of which I thought were excellent) but the spirit, along with the recent decease of Layne Staley, has all but ended the hopes of this rock enthusiast of any light at the end of the tunnel. The Unplugged CD is recommended to anyone who is interested in Alice in Chains for it contains the performance of one of the most skilled, and talented bands to cross the limelight of Rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never used to care too much about the band as they just seemed like a mediocre grunge band on the surface. However, after I had the chance to listen to this whole thing I was made instantly a fan of their music. It was then that I realized what substance and beauty lie in their music and lyrics. I recommend this record to anyone and everyone that listens to music, regardless of the genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of the MTV unplugged series. Cantrell rocks on guitar and Layne's voice is mezmerizing. When Staley died the world lost one of the best voices in the history of rock music. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i don't write reviews, but this guy is SO off. nothing on this album sounds like a novelty, if anything, this album shows what sounds like the true versions of the songs; stripped of the overproduction that plagues most of their albums (especially the self sitled release).
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