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  • Audio CD (September 22, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000002G0P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warheads
2. Rest In Peace
3. Politicalamity
4. Color Me Blind
5. Cupid's Dead
6. Peacemaker Die
7. Seven Sundays
8. Tragic Comic
9. Our Father
10. Stop The World
11. God Isn't Dead?
12. Everything Under The Sun: I. Rise 'N Shine
13. Everything Under The Sun: II. Am I Ever Gonna Change
14. Everything Under The Sun: III. Who Cares?

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Out-of-print in the US. Originally released in 1992. Universal.

Customer Reviews

All I can say is get it!
B. Ellis
It's a pity because Extreme is still one of the greatest bands out there and this album should be all over those "Best Albums Ever" lists.
Jungle Red
Extreme is one of those bands that always produces great music.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on July 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes truly great art just goes unappreciated; whether it is film, literature, or music. The Boston band Extreme's third album "III Sides to Every Story" (1992) stands as the perfect example of something that, because of timing, just flew over the radar of the public's consciousness. Truly a masterpiece (and I don't just throw that word around arbitrarily) "III Sides to Every Story" is one of the finest rock albums that I have ever heard. Equal parts the Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and the Chili Peppers; "III Sides" is an ambitious concept album that just didn't come out at the right time.

While Extreme's self-titled debut (1989) was decent, it was ultimately just another by-the-numbers, Van Halen-lite 80s rock album. Extreme proved themselves, however, on their classic sophomore release "Pornograffiti," which was far more rocking, well-written, and ambitious than the debut. The album's major single, the acoustic "More than Words" was somewhat of a double-edged sword for the band. While it was a huge hit, going on to become one of the biggest singles of the year, it gave the public the wrong impression of the band. While Extreme was a gifted, hard-rocking eclectic band, encompassing many sounds and styles, "More than Words" gave people the idea that Extreme were light-weights.

Extreme were far from lightweights, however. Lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was an up-and-coming virtuoso, the "new Eddie Van Halen" that could rival the original Ed in terms of technique and musicianship. Charismatic frontman Gary Cherone, (a sort of cross between Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Queen's Freddie Mercury) a thoughtful lyricists, proved to be the perfect voice for the band's eclectic style.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ranville on November 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is a journey into the hearts of the artists who created it. Not many artists expose themselves so openly to their fans the way these guys do. Each and every song seems to cry out "Look at me. This is who I am as person. This is how I feel. These are my weaknesses and fears. These are the things that make me angry and sad. This is what frustrates me." As you listen to the album you begin to empathize with the artists, because you probably feel the same way. We all feel a little overwhelmed by the ugliness of the world sometimes. We all want to find something to believe in in the midst of the chaos we live in.
Side I: Yours looks at the world at large. There is war, hypocrasy, racism, violence, and anyone who stands up and tries to change things is usually taken out.
So then Side II: Mine goes all introspective, looking at how a person deals with the chaos of the world in their own mind and heart. Is there answers to be found in Love? Family? Religion? Is there no help from above to guide us through all this mess?
Finally Side III: The truth attempts to answer these questions. Rise n' Shine suggests that there is hope, but it must be sought out. Am I Ever Gonna Change? implies that the solution must come from within, by conquering your own faults and failures a person. It talks of accountability for your own actions. Whether you're good or not is up to you. You can't just let a priest wave his hand and absolve you of your sins with a short chant. Who Cares? is an examination of the loss of hope in a person's life. If nobody really cares then what's the point of going on with anything? This song is offered as a prayer to a God who may or may not be there, or seemingly doesn't care. The prayers is answered in the music though.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I remember when III Sides to Every Story came out in September of 1992. "Rest in Peace" was the video MTV were playing and for some reason it didn't take off like "More than Words" or "Hole Hearted". It was even during the grunge period in music history. Perhaps Extreme weren't viewed as grungy enough. They're more rock than grunge anyway. Hard rock I might add. This, their third cd, was by far their best, most consistent and most original. Extreme's lyrics were insightful and perceptive on this cd and the music far surpassed what they had previously achieved. Songs like "Rest in Peace", "Cupid's Dead", "Tragic Comic", "Stop the World" and the three part opus "Rise 'n' Shine", "Am I Ever Going to Change" and "Who Cares?" are some of the best songs they've done. The cd rocks and soothes at the same time. A must have for any rock collector.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl John Krumrey IV on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Picture this: A few politically-orientated rockers, a few more soul-searching ballads and pop diddys, an orchestra, one of the most talented guitarists of our time, and the technical cohesivness to blend all these elements together. This is III Sides to Every Story, the best work of a damn good, yet oft-overlooked band Extreme.
Warheads, Color Me Blind, Peacemaker Die, Rest in Peace. Full-throttle political rockers such as these make up the 'Yours' section. Stop the World, Our Father, God isn't Dead, Don't Leave me Alone. These introspective tunes round out the 'Mine' section. Everything Under The Sun, however, will simply blow your mind. A mini-rock opera in itself, this orchestra-backed, half-hour, 3 part opus comprises 'The Truth', the final side of the story.
And there you have it. Extreme all but abandons the funk-metal that made Pornograffiti such a success and instead attacks every other style possible, sometimes with mixed results but always done with masterful effort. Listened to in it's entireity, this album is simply amazing, taken in bits and peices, it's pretty uneven, as most concept albums are. The sound is a nice mix of thrash and pomp, but the production, which sometimes falls flat (the vocals are tragically undermixed) keeps this album from being a total masterpeice.
III Sides is Extreme's best work, but only listen to it with an open mind. And do yourself a favor, if you have the option, get the cassette. The CD omits one song worth hearing 'Don't Leave Me Alone'.
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