The Essential Alice in Chains

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Depending on how you keep count, The Essential Alice in Chains is the third or fourth attempt at an Alice in Chains compilation -- 1999 saw the box set Music Bank and Nothing Safe, a single disc of highlights from the three-disc retrospective, and 2001 brought the release of the slightly too skimpy Greatest Hits. At two discs and 28 tracks, The Essential falls somewhere between the fan-oriented excess of Music Bank and the just-the-basics Greatest Hits, offering all of the group's biggest songs -- not just singles like "Man in the Box," "Angry Chair," "Rooster," "No Excuses," and "Would?" but also album tracks like "Sea of Sorrow," "God Smack," "Hate to Feel," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Depending on how you keep count, The Essential Alice in Chains is the third or fourth attempt at an Alice in Chains compilation -- 1999 saw the box set Music Bank and Nothing Safe, a single disc of highlights from the three-disc retrospective, and 2001 brought the release of the slightly too skimpy Greatest Hits. At two discs and 28 tracks, The Essential falls somewhere between the fan-oriented excess of Music Bank and the just-the-basics Greatest Hits, offering all of the group's biggest songs -- not just singles like "Man in the Box," "Angry Chair," "Rooster," "No Excuses," and "Would?" but also album tracks like "Sea of Sorrow," "God Smack," "Hate to Feel," and "Dam That River" -- in a comprehensive overview of their career. While this may be a little bit too long for those listeners who only want AIC's grunge staples -- conversely, there are certainly a handful of songs that diehards might miss -- this is nevertheless the best-executed Alice in Chains compilation yet, functioning well as an effective summary and introduction to their too-brief, complicated career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969209028
  • Catalog Number: 92090
  • Sales rank: 24,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Die Young (2:32)
  2. 2 Man in the Box (4:46)
  3. 3 Sea of Sorrow (5:50)
  4. 4 Love, Hate, Love (6:28)
  5. 5 Am I Inside (5:09)
  6. 6 Brother (4:28)
  7. 7 Got Me Wrong (4:11)
  8. 8 Right Turn (3:14)
  9. 9 Rain When I Die (6:03)
  10. 10 Them Bones (2:30)
  11. 11 Angry Chair (4:48)
  12. 12 Dam That River (3:10)
  13. 13 Dirt (5:16)
  14. 14 God Smack (3:50)
  15. 15 Hate to Feel (5:16)
  16. 16 Rooster (6:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Excuses (4:16)
  2. 2 I Stay Away (4:14)
  3. 3 What the Hell Have I (3:54)
  4. 4 A Little Bitter (3:48)
  5. 5 Grind (4:46)
  6. 6 Heaven Beside You (5:29)
  7. 7 Again (4:05)
  8. 8 Over Now (5:57)
  9. 9 Nutshell (4:32)
  10. 10 Get Born Again (5:24)
  11. 11 Died (5:57)
  12. 12 Would? (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice in Chains Primary Artist
Mark Arm Background Vocals
Jerry Cantrell Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Cornell Background Vocals
Sean Kinney Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Scott Olson Bass, Guitar
Layne Staley Guitar, Vocals
Mike Starr Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Ann Wilson Background Vocals
Mike Inez Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
April Acevez Viola
Alice Mudgarden Track Performer
Justine Foy Cello
Matthew Weiss Violin
Rebecca Clemons-Smith Violin
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Jerry Cantrell Composer
Dave Jerden Producer, Audio Production
Sean Kinney Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Rick Parashar Producer
Toby Wright Producer, Remixing
Danny Clinch Cover Photo
Steffan Chirazi Liner Notes
Bob Jones Art Direction
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