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Media Type: CD
Artist: ALICE IN CHAINS
Title: UNPLUGGED
Street Release Date: 07/30/1996
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: July 30, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002BM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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,
-4.75 Stars

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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.
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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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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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When thinking of Unplugged albums, Eric Clapton and Nirvana are among the most mentioned for top honors. The show was cancelled, but when Clapton's performance was released to CD, the response showed that the concept was extremely well-received.

I believe this album is the most underrated of those recorded for the unplugged series.

This show came near the end of this grunge outfit's career with the sudden death of singer Layne Staley. However, there is nothing less than incredible energy and life breathed into these tracks by Layne and his bandmates. Songs like "No Excuses" and "Brother" from their two mainly acoustic EP's are easy standouts for their already stripped origins.

Many, including myself, are not aware that co-founder and lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell lends vocals quite often, even lead vocals. His voice combined with Staley's create an eery harmony that has made their sound signature atop the grinding guitars and bass. This is an excellent collection of songs, including "Got Me Wrong" "Rooster" and "Would", performed with an acoustic edge and stripped to their essence with perfection.

Whether a longtime follower, occasional listener, or you are completely unaware of who Alice In Chains is, this is an album to have if only to hear what happens when great musicians come together and show what they are capable of.
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