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Product Details

  • 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Pros: great songs, clever lyrics, wonderful arrangements

Cons: I’m still confused by the “different sides to the story” concept; someone’s rapping (?)

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I have been a fan of Extreme since I’ve heard their songs within the first Bill & Ted movie. Their mix of hard rock, funk and guitar god is, in my opinion, attributed solely to Extreme. I admit that while I state that I am a fan, I really only gave any attention to their first two albums. Two discs full of fun, easily digestible sounds that make me want to listen over and over. I bought their III Sides to Every Story, and probably like most people, never listened to it. I found this CD sitting in a box with other CDs in my basement, and decided to give it a listen. This 1992 follow up to their biggest album Pornagraffitti is a lot to take in. There are fourteen songs, the CD is nearly 77 minutes in length, and there are social-political statements all over the place. Then to make things even more confusing, the songs are split up into three sides, Yours, Mine & the Truth. Who is “yours”, is this me? By listening to the songs I can’t tell. All I know is that guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and lead singer Gary Cherone have drawn up sides. They look serious and kind of pissed in the CD’s photos. I don’t want to be on different sides than Extreme, I like the band. Yet here they go bringing up two subjects that Brian Epstein always told the Beatles to avoid - politics and religion, a whole album’s worth! Yet even though these guys broached the subjects themselves, I still can’t make heads or tails where they stand on these subjects, and I guess ultimately this is a good thing. Now that I can or never will be able to tell if I am on opposite sides with Nuno, I can just sit back and enjoy the music.
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