The Essential Alice in Chains

The Essential Alice in Chains

by Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains
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Depending on how you keep count, The Essential Alice in Chains is the third or fourth attempt at an Alice in Chains compilation -- 1999 saw the box set Music Bank and Nothing Safe, a single disc of highlights from the three-disc retrospective, and 2001 brought the release of the slightly too skimpy Greatest Hits. At two discs and 28 tracks, The Essential falls somewhere between the fan-oriented excess of Music Bank and the just-the-basics Greatest Hits, offering all of the group's biggest songs -- not just singles like "Man in the Box," "Angry Chair," "Rooster," "No Excuses," and "Would?" but also album tracks like "Sea of Sorrow," "God Smack," "Hate to Feel," and "Dam That River" -- in a comprehensive overview of their career. While this may be a little bit too long for those listeners who only want AIC's grunge staples -- conversely, there are certainly a handful of songs that diehards might miss -- this is nevertheless the best-executed Alice in Chains compilation yet, functioning well as an effective summary and introduction to their too-brief, complicated career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969209028
catalogNumber: 92090
Rank: 163982

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice in Chains   Primary Artist
Mark Arm   Background Vocals
Jerry Cantrell   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Cornell   Background Vocals
Sean Kinney   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Scott Olson   Bass,Guitar
Layne Staley   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Starr   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Ann Wilson   Background Vocals
Mike Inez   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
April Acevez   Viola
Alice Mudgarden   Track Performer
Justine Foy   Cello
Matthew Weiss   Violin
Rebecca Clemons-Smith   Violin

Technical Credits

Alice in Chains   Producer
Jerry Cantrell   Composer
Dave Jerden   Producer,Audio Production
Sean Kinney   Composer
Rick Parashar   Producer
Toby Wright   Producer,Remixing
Danny Clinch   Cover Photo
Steffan Chirazi   Liner Notes
Bob Jones   Art Direction

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