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Unplugged [Live]

Alice In ChainsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 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 (July 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nutshell
2. Brother
3. No Excuses
4. Sludge Factory
5. Down In A Hole
6. Angry Chair
7. Rooster
8. Got Me Wrong
9. Heaven Beside You
10. Would?
11. Frogs
12. Over Now
13. Killer Is Me

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Band, Amazing Performance April 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Unplugged acoustic series is one of the best concepts to emerge from MTV in recent years, and Alice in Chains' performance ranks among the best of the MTV Unplugged series.

Alice in Chains was one of the heaviest bands to emerge from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990's, and listening to albums like Dirt and especially Facelift it's hard to imagine the band in an acoustic setting, stripped of all of the pummeling heaviness of those two albums. But when you consider the more melodic direction the band took with their Sap and Jar of Flies EPs, you knew the idea had potential.

To sum up the band's Unplugged performance in one word - powerful. As much as I love the Alice in Chains studio albums, once you strip the songs down to the acoustic level it exposes just how good these songs really are, and showcases the incredible songwriting talents of Jerry Cantrell. Layne Staley's emotional vocals are another key element of this album's power. The late vocalist had the ability to channel so much of his self-destructive energy into his performances, and this is no exception. No matter what your opinions on addiction, it's hard not to be moved by Staley's singing, particularly on songs like "Down in a Hole" and "Would". Ultimately, I think this MTV Unplugged album is the best of what Alice in Chains had to offer. With few exceptions, I prefer the acoustic songs on this album to their studio counterparts. They just seem to resonate more in the acoustic setting.
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80 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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Emotion is something that is difficult to fake, (Even though 90% of the music industry attempts too...) but this CD was full of it. Everything about this album is so real, so sincere... From the beginning of Nutshell you know you are in for a treat... Cantrell's masterful guitar work, with the subtle yet still effective rhythm section of Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums), and then the crooning of the late Layne Staley....

This CD, to this day, still gives me chills when I listen to it... Everything about this CD is amazing... It was played with precision and beauty.

I have to say this CD is as good, if not better than Nirvana's Unplugged album and is up there with Clapton's Unplugged for the best Unplugged Album of the 90's.

If you have never heard this, I highly recommended. Or if you're like me and you've put it down for a few years put it in your CD Player, Now!, and remember this timeless classic...

Favorite Songs: Brother, Nutshell, Over Now, Would?, and Heaven Beside You,
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Unplugged January 25, 2002
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Alice in Chains music is a dark but emotional experience and this unplugged setting instead of downplaying the music brings it to a new level. In fact this is one of the best unplugged albums from the 90's in terms of performance. Hard rock bands have a tendency to sound cheessy in an unplugged settings as the songs structure is most sensitive to the acustic instruments and bad songs sound even worst without the electric setting. In this case AIC's songs come through as powerful and hypnotic showing the excelent quality that they have.
In a way, the overall feeling is that of deep delta blues band in an intimate concert. Every band members contributes to this recording with a flawless performance and the songs arregements are inventive and interesting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of acoustic rock music in the '90s December 28, 2000
By E Neum
Format:Audio CD
This is the arguably the closest people can ever get to hearing this band at their very best. MTV saturated the airwaves in the '90s with the term 'Unplugged.' Bands like Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Oasis and more have sat on MTV's stage with acoustic guitars in hand - ready to delight all eager listeners. This album is an accoustic storybook beginning with the first song "Nutshell" and softly ending with the song, "Killer Is Me." With new renditions of hits like "No excuses", "Rooster", "Heaven Beside You" and "Over Now," the band redefines itself as not only a great grunge band but also rock icons of the '90s. Between the hit songs lie those that could have been hits - every single song on this album is that good. Alice In Chains "Unplugged" is easily one of the best albums of the decade. Pop it in the CD player, sit down in your favorite chair because the show is about to begin!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! October 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Unplugged is a fantastic performance... It's fun to hear all of your favorite metal songs acousticalized, and most of them sound great. My personal favorites on this album are Over Now and Down In A Hole. Sludge Factory lost it's incredibly scary, terrifying, suicidal edge, and Angry Chair didn't sound very good unplugged. It doesn't matter, because they're still excellent songs, just as every other track on this album is. Jerry's guitar was PERFECT, Mike's bass was PERFECT, Layne's vocals were PERFECT, and Kinney's drums were PERFECT.... this just shows how great Alice is live: The best LIVE band, AND the best STUDIO band.... Killer Is Me is great, and so is No Excuses...... A MUST HAVE for all AIC fans! BUY IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great audio!
This album and Nirvana's Unplugged are my favorite live/acoustic performances of all time. The album has superb audio production and I like that you can hear the strings vibrating... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hunyadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music, worth getting
Of all of the Unplugged series, this is one of the best.
Published 28 days ago by Sweet_Hawaiian_Honey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best.... Ever!!
Love this album, Layne is so amazing, so is Jerry. I just wish it had the blooper in it where layne said "f#@&"
Published 1 month ago by Jessica graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best MTV shows. RIP Layne Staley
Published 1 month ago by Darrick Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome purchase
Love! Love! Love!
Published 1 month ago by shopaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Alice In Chains
The Unplugged album is the absolute best that Alice In Chains ever put out. If I could only buy one AIC album, this would most definitely be it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by livelovelaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this cd
Published 2 months ago by linda ciampa
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original recordings
The guitar and vocals are so much richer and interesting to listen to than the original recordings. Check out the Youtube video of the performance as well.
Published 2 months ago by jflogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought this.
Great album that is a win if you are into Alice In Chains. Pretty impressive unplugged performance. I've seen or listened to several MTV unplugged sessions... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is and awesome album it rare to get such a good live performance as this one is it truly unplugged and very cool!!!
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey N. Giampetro
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LL Cool J ? You mean metallica?
They weren't describing the tune that Mike was playing, Layne was just kidding around like mtv was going to a commercial break and would play an LL Cool J video.

I think he was making a jab at MTV because it's been taken over mainly by R/B and rap music, or they just like LL.
Mar 20, 2007 by Jason A. Kentros |  See all 6 posts
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