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Alice In ChainsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Alice in Chains(Formed in 1987, by guitarist Jerry Cantrell bassist Mike Starr, drummer Sean Kinney and Vocalist Layne Staley) is one of the most influential American rock bands in the early 90's. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak sound that balanced grinding metal riffs with subtly textured acoustic numbers. ... Read more in Amazon's Alice In Chains Store

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  • Audio CD (December 5, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000053EZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bleed The Freak
2. Queen Of The Rodeo
3. Angry Chair
4. Man In The Box
5. Love, Hate, Love
6. Rooster
7. Would?
8. Junkhead
9. Dirt (Drunk And Disorderly Version)
10. Them Bones
11. God Am
12. Again
13. A Little Bitter
14. Dam That River

Editorial Reviews

While Live may be a stopgap measure to bide time for a troubled band that hasn't released an album of new material since 1995, it's also a cool and comprehensive live portrait of a sonically superb band. The 14 tracks, recorded at various venues between 1990 and 1996 and featuring both bassists--ex-member Mike Starr and replacement Mike Inez--show a vitality and looseness not evident on the band's serious studio albums. AIC's spirit is most evident on the countrified "Queen of the Rodeo," although their personalities shine throughout. Sequenced from a booming 1990 version of "Bleed the Freak" through "Dam That River," captured during AIC's stint on a 1996 Kiss tour, Live provides a striking cross section of performances from a seminal hard-rock band. --Katherine Turman

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Live offering; wish there were more songs June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong. Alice in Chains "Live" is a great album. But I wish there were more songs on it.
There are fourteen, so it's well worth the price; I certainly didn't get cheated. But AIC had so many great songs, more than enough for two such albums. Wonder if Columbia will try to put out another album sooner or later?
The album starts off with "Bleed the Freak," from the album Facelift. Very good rendition; showed Layne Staley in top, energetic form and showcased the emotional power of AIC to perfection.
Next was "Queen of the Rodeo," a sort of updated version of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" for the 90s and beyond. Staley's "Queen" is more than a bit confused; his idea of fighting is to "scratch and bite," he wears nylons and makeup because his mother didn't know how to raise a boy, but . . . don't think he's a woman just because he's a transvestite, as Staley growls, "Last night I met your mother . . . I hope you understand, 'cause she did!" (profanity omitted because I don't want to get the review banned)
Very funny song. Showed AIC's humorous side to perfection.
Many other great songs are here, including "Angry Chair, "Man in the Box," "Love, Hate, Love," "Rooster," and "Would?" "Man in the Box" is done at a slightly faster tempo, with Staley ever-so-slightly emphasizing different words in the delivery. Cantrell harmonized with Staley flawlessly, once again adding a different dimension than just about any other rock band could claim. Staley effortlessly hit the high notes in this song, something that was more troublesome later in his career; in a way, it encapsulates the message even more firmly, putting this song into historical perspective.
Simply put; as every other reviewer has touched on, Staley had a drug problem. Died from them.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is AWESOME! December 12, 2000
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Has Alice in Chains broken up? The official word is "no", but releases from the band are DEFINETLY few and far between. Although the Music Bank Box Set and the Nothing Safe disc both contained live tracks, it's excellent to finally have an official live Alice CD to listen to.
I first heard about this album on the radio, and happened to be in a local Newbury Comics store and saw it on the shelf. Being an AIC fan I instantly grabbed it, got it home and through it in my cd player.
This CD is fabulous -- it captures all of the agression, depression, power and fury of Alice in Chains' music and their live performances, stuffs it all down and crams it onto a five inch disc.
The tracks are all great, and there's a good variety on the cd --spanning there 13 year career. This is an essential recording and a must-own for any Alice in Chains fan.
My only complaint with this is that it should've been two CDs. Well, perhaps that's an unfair complaint, but with such a long career there's a hell of a lot more great material than what's on here.
Perhaps Alice in Chains and their record label, Columbia, will follow the example of Jimi Hendrix's label, "Experience Hendrix" and continue to release live and rare cds in the future. We can only hope.
And if anyone from the band happens to stumble upon this and read it, we're all still hoping and praying for another studio album from you guys. ;-)
~ CuRmuDgeoN
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories Of An Awesome Band December 8, 2000
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Sometimes forgotten by the rock mainstream, Alice In Chains is Seattle's red-headed stepchild. With so much of the focus on Nirvana and Pearl Jam, AIC quietly recorded some of the best music of the ninety's. Layne Staley's awesome voice, along with Jerry Cantrell's great guitar and backing vocals led the way. This CD is a pretty good example of how they were not only a great studio band, but an awesome live act. It is a good blend of the more well known AIC songs mixed with classics known more to hardcore AIC fans. My only complaint is the ommission of two of my personal favorites, "It Aint Like That", and "Heaven Beside You" Of course this is only my opinion, and you probably don't give a damn, but I would've liked them included. That's not a reason to pass this one up though. Not perfect, but close enough for hungry Alice In Chains fans. Peace
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AIC Live rocks! August 9, 2004
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Alice In Chains was one of the best live bands in my opinion and it's showcased here. One of the highlights of the album for me is the amazing performance of Love, Hate, Love. It's too bad that Layne Staley died, but he'll live on through his music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite live collections December 17, 2007
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
A couple of things come to mind right away while listening to this cd, the first of which is this: Layne Staley deserves any and all credit given to him for being an amazing vocalist. From the raw power he unleashes on tracks like Bleed the Freak and Love, Hate, Love, to the slower, softer Layne we hear on songs such as Rooster and A Little Bitter, Staley throws a five star performance at us.

The second thing I noticed was that Layne's voice does lose some of its power and range on the later recordings, no doubt a result of his ongoing drug addiction. If you listen to Bleed the Freak and then skip ahead to something recorded post '95 like God Am, he still sounds good, but at the same time he sounds very frail. The full capacity of his voice is rarely unleashed on these songs.

The last thing I thought after I stuck this in my cd player for the first time was that the song selection is top notch. Granted, I would have loved to hear more of their early recordings, and maybe one or two songs off of Jar of Flies, but this is as perfect as it gets on a live album. You get classics that everyone knows like Rooster, Man in the Box, and Would?, then you get some of the "sleeper" tracks you wouldn't necessarily expect to see on a live album like Junkhead, Dirt, and Dam That River, but you also get some rarities like Queen of the Rodeo and A Little Bitter (Neither track was ever released on a studio album).

There really aren't too many negatives to throw around with AIC Live. Jerry Cantrell does have a few minor screw ups on guitar, but nothing big enough to take away from the rest of the music. Kinney's drumming seems a little drowned out at times, but at the same time I realize Alice in Chains' sound was built around Jerry's riffs, not Sean's drumming.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I love Alice In Chains and especially the late Layne Staley. That being said, this was released about two years before his death. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Alice in Chains have a great live cd and this is it. I was fortunate enough to see them live many years ago when Layne was still alive. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sophea Uk
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too good.
This sounds pretty bad.. Great songs Produced and recorded BADLY..
Buy the MTV Unplugged.. its the way it should be recorded !
Published 13 months ago by Randy M. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a CD
I think Layne Staley had a voice that was one of the best and very unique. R.I.P. Layne. Alice in Chain live recordings are very hard to find; this may be the only one to be... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James Choe
5.0 out of 5 stars AIC is the best!
AIC is an incredible band, they sound great live! I recommend this to anyone who likes music! I am a long time fan of AIC, I've been a fan since they began way back in the early... Read more
Published 13 months ago by P.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is the closest I will ever be to a Layne Staley performance. This album is pure awesomeness. The sound quality is fantastic and the set list is amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kristin morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Muisc
This is for the loving fans of Alice and Chains. I think this out helps show others that they are here to stay.
Published 14 months ago by Philw19642002
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence
Ah, "Alice in Chains" say what:
clean "Seattle sound." The fan of this band should be know what I'm talking about
Best Regards
Published 19 months ago by nickman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album from a great band
AIC live is a terrific album from AIC.This album features some super live renditions of classic songs like Dirt,Man in the box and Rooster. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rohit R
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Down Memory Layne
The final release (or you could say cash-in) from the Layne Staley-era of Alice in Chains, simply titled "Live," is upon first glance a basic meat-and-potatoes live effort but... Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by A. Estes
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