Of all the so-called "grunge" bands to emerge from Seattle in the late '80s, Alice in Chains was the one most influenced by heavy-metal acts like Black Sabbath and Mötley Crüe. When metal's razor edge was combined with AIC's penchant for soaring harmonies and murky, minor-key melodies, the music captured a malevolent, yet tuneful, sense of power. Add to that vocalist Layne Staley's lyrics about drug abuse, mortality, and betrayal, and AIC was far bleaker sounding than neighbors Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. Packaged as a 15-track, single-disc teaser for the three-CD Alice in Chains box set, NOTHING SAFE: THE BEST OF THE BOX also includes the newly recorded "Get Born Again," an eerie track built on the group's trademark foundation of dynamic guitar bluster, nasal vocal harmonies, and emotive, psychedelic solos. In addition, the disc features a 1989 demo of "We Die Young"; "What the Hell Have I," recorded for the soundtrack of "The Last Action Hero"; and the band's biggest hit, "Man in the Box." A representative collection for newcomers but also a sign that Alice in Chains may indeed get born again sometime soon.
Performance CreditsAlice in Chains Primary Artist
Technical CreditsAlice in Chains Producer
Bryan Carlstrom Engineer
Ronnie S. Champagne Engineer
Alex Coletti Producer
John Harris Engineer
Dave Jerden Producer,Engineer
Rick Parashar Producer
Tony Wilson Producer
Toby Wright Producer,Engineer
Tom Nellen Engineer
Peter Fletcher Producer
Mike Walter Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Young Sun Lim Artwork,Art Direction
Michael Inez Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With "Man in the Box, Them Bones, We Die Young and Rooster" this was a ground breaking realease from Alice in Chains. Most of the songs on this album were listed in top ten or top five songs of the year.
if you are an alice in chains fan this is the cd for you. if you own all of the alice in chains cd (like i do) keep in mind that all tracks are remasterd.
Alice in Chains was one of the better bands to emerge from the post Nirvana Seattle/new-grunge scene, incorporating a grunge feel into a Black Sabbath induced metal trip. What set them apart was their attention to melody that was rivaled only by contemporaries Stone Temple Pilots, and which set them apart from pretenders at the time, and bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam that were already past their prime. And, just like the afore mentioned Stone Temple Pilots, AIC were a singles band without question. Their strongest tracks are collected here on Nothing Safe, making this disc the perfect buy for seasoned fans and newcomers alike. Purists beware however: one of the tracks is a demo, and two of them are live. The live "Rooster" is unreleased and worth investigating, but the stand out is the intensely popular unplugged version of "Got Me Wrong", which captures the raw side of AIC more effectively than the album version.
Dude I'm a very huge supporter of Grunge bands, I like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. To be honest I have most of the AIC CD'S, and this CD "Nothing Safe" is a must-add to your grunge collection... It's a combination of their greatest hits with a couple of new songs and their unknown songs from current EP's, Track 5: IRON GLAND which was a hidden track in DIRT is on this album... Get Born Again is also new, and if you sorta want a speeded up version of the song "We Die Young" from AIC'S first album "Facelift" then your in luck, becuase this album has the speeded up version which is known as their demo of that song. Not only that you get the song "Rooster" Live! You also get "Got Me Wrong" from AIC'S MTV UNPLUGGED album... Now don't get confused with the actual AIC Greatest Hits CD(The green one that show's a boxer getting punced in the face) and the AIC Nothing Safe CD (The black one with an orange case. Shows a human in a tank) The actual Greatest Hits is great but it only has the good songs from all AIC CD's whereas the "Nothing Safe" CD has that plus a demo, a new song, a hidden song from DIRT, and a song from their MTV album... The only thing dissapointing from tjis CD is that it doesn't come with a bonus DVD... But other than that ADD IT TO YOUR COLLECTION!!!