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Unplugged (Alice In Chains)
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Tracks

1. Nutshell

2. Brither

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

Performer Notes
  • Alice In Chains: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Mike Inez (guitar, bass); Sean Kinney (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Scott Olson (guitar, bass).
  • Recorded at The Majestic Theater, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, New York on April 10, 1996.
  • Alice In Chains: Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney.
  • Additional personnel: Scott Olsen.
  • Recorded on April 10, 1996.
  • Personnel: Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Layne Staley (vocals); Scott Olson (guitar); Sean Kinney (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Toby Wright.
  • Recording information: Majestic Theater, Brooklyn Acadmey Of Music, NY (04/10/1996).
  • Director: Joe Perota.
  • Photographer: Danny Clinch.
  • UNPLUGGED isn't Alice In Chains' first unplugged record; it's just the first official, MTV-sanctioned one. The EPs JAR OF FLIES and SAP are both low-key, mostly-acoustic outings that achieved a similar vibe without the benefit of an MTV appearance. Which is to say Alice In Chains isn't jumping on a bandwagon here; they're doing more of something they do very well.
  • UNPLUGGED features acoustic versions of songs from every record in the Seattle band's catalog except its debut, FACELIFT. And it heavily features guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who wrote or co-wrote 12 of these 13 songs, including the previously-unrecorded "Killer Is Me." Cantrell's vocals pace that one along with "Heaven Beside You" and "Over Now." Lead singer Layne Staley, meanwhile, finds a fitting outlet here for his creaky voice, particularly as he tackles harrowing images of drug addiction in "Sludge Factory" and "Down In A Hole."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/3/96, pp.71-72) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Some of the performances...hardly vary at all from the original studio versions....It's in the older material that the real changes go down...

Q (10/96, p.153) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the fourpiece add Scott Olson on guitar and reveal some exhilarating examples of pure songwriting....drug-induced demons made all the more scary because of the intimacy of the interpretations..."
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