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Alice In Chains Mini-Disc
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Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released four studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. ... Read more in Amazon's Alice In Chains Store

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  • Mini-Disc (16 Mar 1993)
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000028M9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,729,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Them Bones
2. Dam That River
3. Rain When I Die
4. Down in a Hole
5. Sickman
6. Rooster
7. Junkhead
8. Dirt
9. God Smack
10. Iron Gland
11. Hate to Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down In A Hole over track listing 29 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Its not often you find a record as good as this - I refer you too all other 5star reviews. Neither before or after this record were Alice In Chains as effective, Jar of Flies included. My only gripe about this version is the inexlicable track changes. When I bought this on tape oh about 10years ago, the awesome Down in a Hole followed Damn That River and was just one of those spine tingling moments in music. I used to sit on the school bus just shuddering with angst. I urge you to buy this record and recopy it onto cd in its most glorious track listing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain is Beautiful! 17 Sep 2004
By Ni VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtedly a classic album. Like every aspect of Alice in Chains' music it blurs the line between pain and beauty. Here, Layne Staley's vocals are ever impressive, Jerry Cantrell's lyrics are poetic and heart-felt, and his remarkable riffs prove that grunge was not the death of the guitarist. Alice in Chains stood above the rest of their fellow genre where guitarists were concerned; Cantrell's guitar is relentless, shifting from beautifully crafted melodies to heavy, chugging riffs and some effective soloing. He always delivered the perfect accompaniment to Layne's painfully distressed voice.

The vocals, for me, are the greatest aspect of all Alice in Chains' music. Layne's voice brimmed with so much emotion and was always so beautiful; a beauty that somehow weathered the despair of the words he sang. This album is the perfect example of how colourful and contradictory his voice really was; at once it is angelic and pained, pure and raw, and thoroughly soaked in sorrow. He captured the essence of the songs so perfectly in his vocals that you can't help but appreciate how personal they were to him. The lyrics are also a great accomplishment; ever brooding and meaningful, they paint a very honest and very revealing portrait of the band's collective troubles.

Practically every track on Dirt is a classic but a few standouts worth mentioning are 'Rooster', 'Down in a hole', and 'Rain when I die.' The song 'Would?' is arguably the greatest song on the album. It finishes off the record with a sudden, seemingly misplaced, burst of energy and though every part of the four-piece is on top form throughout the song, the bulk of the credit has to go to Mike Starr and his unforgettable bass riff which gives it one of the most powerful and recognisable intro's ever created.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance 12 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Band's second full length album sees a slight departure from their 80s heavy metal influenced debut Facelift. This album brings a sludgier feel with songs like Dam that River and Godsmack delivering the type of heavy riffs that any rock fan dreams of. The band also show their softer side with absolute classics like Down in a Hole and Would? filling the listener with heart warming satisfaction whilst also proving that their song writing capabilities are up there with the best. Not one song on this album fails to satisfy and even the hardest of rock fans, while undoubtedly enjoying the heavier songs, will fall in love with the softer moments on the album. This was the album that brought Alice to my attention, as soon as it was played to me by a friend i knew that this was a band that could quench my thirst for both heavy straight up rock songs and slower more acoustic sounding songs. Layne's voice coupled with Jerry's amazing riffs and Songwriting ability makes any Alice album a must for any fan of rock music and Dirt in particular is a fantastic oppurtunity for anyone to become enlightened as to just how good this band is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical masterpiece 25 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
'Dirt' is the second album from Alice in Chains, and often regarded as their best.
The music is of excellent quality throughout, founding member Jerry Cantrell's guitar playing is often inspirational and the the rhythm section is also superb.
Best of all, however, are Layne Staley's beautiful and heartfelt vocals. Truly one of rock's greatest vocalists, his singing really sounds emotional and personal, unlike the false angst of the post-grunge wannabes.
The tone, both lyrically and musically, is moody and depressing throughout, generally dealing with the likes of death and drug abuse. Until, perhaps, the final song (and standout track) 'Would?'. Although the verses are still slow and brooding, to me, the chorus seems to suggest a sense of hope.
'Dirt' is a must have album, and one of the stand out moments of the grunge era. It is almost impossible to listen to it without fealing at all moved, particularly after Layne Stayley's tragic death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best seattle has to offer 23 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Dirt is, without a doubt, the finest album that has ever been released by a Seattle band. The incredible riffing of Jerry Cantrell is complimented by the awesome vocals of Layne Staley in a melee of pure angst driven ambience. At times soul searing and soul destroying in the same moment, never has an album described the descent and rise from drug addiction in such poetic beauty. Essential for any lover of true musical genius.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental-Best of the 90s? 12 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow, this ablum is simply amazing. What more can I say? Well, OK I'll say a bit more...
Is it grunge? Is it metal? Does it matter? All I can say is that it is an intensly powerful hard rock album with incredible songs. It seems to have have everything. Awesome riffs, choruses, solos, lyrics and vocals. It's mindblowing stuff. What were these guys on? Well, heroin to be precise.
Layne Staley's lyrics chronicle the ups and apparently limitless downs of heroin use to such an extent that AIC and, himself especially, were never able to shrug off the tag of 'Seattle junkies'. But enough of that, what about the album?
Well, it's not ALL about drugs but it's fair to say they play a huge part. What stands out though is the songs, rather than the lyrics. The awesome riffs of Them Bones, Dam That River, Junkhead and Godsmack (recognise that word? Yep, Sully Erna and co. nicked it for themselves) are balanced perfectly with the acoustic brilliance of Rooster and Down In A Hole. Then there are the choruses of Rain When I Die and Angry Chair. Two tracks which appear to be going nowhere until... Bang!, the chorus will just hit you. Layne Staley was often seen as the driving force behind the band (and his vocals and lyrics are sensational) but in all honesty, it's Jerry Cantrell's riffs and songwriting that keep this album from sinking without trace.
Then there's 'Would?'. Impossible to classify this song but I've never heard a better song to finish an album. Or, come to think of it, a better song! It'll leave you speechless.
All in all, this is essential for ANY rock fan (and I mean that). This is AIC's greatest album and more than a match for anything else that came out of Seattle or, come to think of it, anything that's come out in the last ten years.
Essential.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Band and CD!!
Awesome!!
Published 26 days ago by Moldova
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Miccina
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever?
Title says it all, nearly every track on here is amazing. Definitelty the band's best album and I am a huge fan of them anyway.
Published 2 months ago by shields95
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics
Had this album on a CD Audio format, but purchased it on Vinyl, because it's probably the best album of my favorite band Alice In Chains.
Published 4 months ago by Iavor Trochanov
5.0 out of 5 stars A stone cold Masterpiece
Let's be honest..there were only ever two 'grunge' bands that mattered, AIC and Nirvana. Both utterly brilliant, completely different and compelling in different ways. Read more
Published 5 months ago by nickster007
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Awesome riffage and powerful vocals with some monster tracks. But there's a little bit of padding with some average tracks.
Published 5 months ago by CrazyJools
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums Ever. Period.
There are 45 reviews here on Amazon UK. 42 give this album 5 stars, 3 say it's only worth 4 stars. Believe me when I say that those 3 people are missing 50% of their hearing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars dirty but nice
first class grunge metal mayhem from ALICE IN CHAINS see,s the band in top form overdrive hard to pick a bad song if any on this album brrrrrilliant
Published 8 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars dirt
One of the best slbums ever made. Layne stayley was simply amazing vocalist. What a band. Jerry cantrell is a brilliant guitarist.
Published 11 months ago by danny wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album!
Fantastic album by Alice In Chains, definitely one of my favorite CDs in my collection. I 100% Recommend this CD to any fan of Alice in Chains.. or just a fan of good music.
Published 12 months ago by YuGiOh Collector!
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