Tag: Alice In Chains

Friday 12/17/21 1:15am ET: Feature LP: Alice In Chains – Jar Of Flies (1994)

Jar of Flies is the third studio EP by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on January 25, 1994, through Columbia Records. This is Alice in Chains’ second acoustic EP, preceded by 1992’s Sap, and it is the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the first week sales exceeding 141,000 copies in the United States. The self-produced EP was written and recorded over the course of just one week at the London Bridge Studio in Seattle. The tracks “No Excuses”, “I Stay Away” and “Don’t Follow” were released as singles to promote the album. Jar of Flies was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1995: Best Recording Package and Best Hard Rock Performance for “I Stay Away”.

The EP was well received by critics and has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA, selling 4 million copies worldwide, making Jar of Flies one of the band’s most successful releases. In Canada, Jar of Flies was certified double-platinum for the sale of 200,000 copies. In Great Britain, the album was certified silver after selling 60,000 copies.

  1. “Rotten Apple” 6:58
  2. “Nutshell” 4:19
  3. “I Stay Away” 4:14
  4. “No Excuses” 4:15
  5. “Whale & Wasp” 2:37
  6. “Don’t Follow” 4:22
  7. “Swing on This” 4:04

Jerry Cantrell – guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on “No Excuses” and “Don’t Follow”
Mike Inez – bass, additional vocals
Sean Kinney – drums, percussion
Layne Staley – lead vocals
April Acevez – viola
Rebecca Clemons-Smith – violin
Matthew Weiss – violin
Justine Foy – violoncello
David Atkinson – harmonica
Randy Biro – additional vocals
Darrel Peters – additional vocals

Monday 9/13/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Alice In Chains – Facelift (1990)

Facelift is the debut studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released by Columbia Records on August 21, 1990. The tracks “We Die Young”, “Man in the Box”, “Sea of Sorrow” and “Bleed the Freak” were released as singles. “Man In The Box” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal in 1992. Facelift became the first album from the grunge movement to be certified gold on September 11, 1991. The album peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart, was certified platinum and has gone on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA for shipments of two million copies in the United States.

  1. “We Die Young” 2:32
  2. “Man in the Box” 4:46
  3. “Sea of Sorrow” 5:49
  4. “Bleed the Freak” 4:01
  5. “I Can’t Remember” 3:42
  6. “Love, Hate, Love” 6:26
  7. “It Ain’t Like That” 4:37
  8. “Sunshine” 4:44
  9. “Put You Down” 3:16
  10. “Confusion” 5:44
  11. “I Know Somethin (Bout You)” 4:22
  12. “Real Thing” 4:03

Layne Staley – lead vocals
Jerry Cantrell – guitar, backing vocals, talkbox on “Man in the Box”
Mike Starr – bass, backing vocals on “Confusion”
Sean Kinney – drums, percussion, additional backing vocals, piano on “Sea of Sorrow”
Kevin Shuss – Additional backing vocals

Friday 12/11/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: The Essential Alice In Chains (2004)

The Essential Alice in Chains is a two-disc compilation album by the rock band Alice in Chains, and part of Sony BMG’s The Essential series. Originally scheduled to be released on March 30, 2004, it was delayed until September 5, 2006. The album was reissued in 2010 with different artwork. A DVD with the mockumentary The Nona Tapes came as a bonus disc with the compilation.

1. “We Die Young” 2:33
2. “Man in the Box” 4:47
3. “Sea of Sorrow” 5:51
4. “Love, Hate, Love” 6:29
5. “Am I Inside” 5:09
6. “Brother” 4:29
7. “Got Me Wrong” 4:12
8. “Right Turn” 3:15
9. “Rain When I Die” 6:03
10. “Them Bones” 2:31
11. “Angry Chair” 4:49
12. “Dam That River” 3:11
13. “Dirt” 5:17
14. “God Smack” 3:51
15. “Hate to Feel” 5:17
16. “Rooster” 6:15

1 “No Excuses” 4:16
2. “I Stay Away” 4:14
3. “What the Hell Have I” 3:54
4. “A Little Bitter” 3:48
5. “Grind” 4:46
6. “Heaven Beside You” 5:30
7. “Again” 4:05
8. “Over Now” 5:57
9. “Nutshell” 4:32
10. “Get Born Again” 5:25
11. “Died” 5:58
12. “Would?” 3:28

Layne Staley – lead vocals, backing vocals on “Grind”, “Heaven Beside You” and “Over Now”, rhythm guitar on “Angry Chair” and “Hate to Feel”
Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, backing and co-lead vocals and sitar on “What the Hell Have I”
Mike Starr – bass (disc 1 and “Would?”), backing vocals (credited only on tracks 1–4)
Mike Inez – bass (disc 2, except “Would?”), additional backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 10,11), guitar (tracks 1–7, 10–11)
Sean Kinney – drums, percussion and piano on “Sea of Sorrow”, additional backing vocals (tracks 1–4 on disc 1)

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – Alice In Chains

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley’s previous group, the glam metal band Alice N’ Chains.

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released six studio albums, three EPs, three live albums, four compilations, two DVDs, 43 music videos, and 32 singles. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style, which often included the harmonized vocals between Staley and Cantrell (and later Cantrell and William DuVall). Cantrell started to sing lead vocals on the 1992 acoustic EP Sap, and his role continued to grow in the following albums, making Alice in Chains a two-vocal band.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 30 million records worldwide, and over 14 million records in the US alone with two No. 1 albums and six Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. The band has had 18 Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, 5 No. 1 hits, and 11 Grammy Award nominations. Their debut album, Facelift, featuring the hit single “Man in the Box”, was released in 1990 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA, selling over two million copies. In 1992, the band’s second album, Dirt, was released to critical acclaim and was certified quadruple platinum. Their second acoustic EP, Jar of Flies, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1994, becoming the first ever EP and first Alice in Chains release to top the charts, and it has been certified triple platinum. The band’s third album, Alice in Chains, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1995 and was certified double platinum.

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onward, due to Staley’s substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 for a live benefit show, performing with a number of guest vocalists. They toured in 2006, with William DuVall taking over as lead vocalist full-time. The new line-up released the band’s fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, received gold certification by the RIAA and two Grammy nominations. The lead single, “Check My Brain”, became the first Alice in Chains song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 92. Their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The band toured extensively and released several videos in support of these albums. Alice in Chains’ sixth studio album, Rainier Fog, was released in 2018, debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog (2018)

Rainier Fog is the sixth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on August 24, 2018, through BMG, the band’s first release on the label. The title was inspired by Mount Rainier, a volcano that overlooks the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, and the title track is a tribute to the Seattle music scene. This is the band’s third album with William DuVall as lead vocalist sharing vocals duties with Jerry Cantrell, and the first Alice in Chains album in 22 years to be recorded in their hometown of Seattle. The album was partially recorded at Seattle’s Studio X (formerly Bad Animals Studios), the same studio where the band recorded their 1995 self-titled album. Rainier Fog is also Alice in Chains’ third collaboration with producer Nick Raskulinecz, marking their first time recording three full-length albums with the same producer.

The tracks “The One You Know”, “So Far Under” and “Never Fade” were released as singles to promote the album. – Wikipedia

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