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Jar Of Flies [VINYL]


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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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  • Vinyl (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B003C1AL7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rotten Apple (6:58)
2. Nutshell (4:20)
3. I Stay Away (4:14)
4. No Excuses (4:16)
5. Whale & Wasp (2:37)
6. Don't Follow (4:23)
7. Swing On This (4:04)
Disc: 2
1. Brother (4:27)
2. Got Me Wrong (4:11)
3. Right Turn (3:14)
4. Am I Inside (5:08)
5. Love Song (3:43) Side 4 (ETCHING)

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Pressed on 180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold sleeve / 3 sides music, 1 side etched with the band's logo

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Recently Music On Vinyl reissued ALICE IN CHAINS' album 'DIRT' (MOVLP037). Chronologically, that album fits right in between the two discs in this vinyl package, which combines the 'JAR OF FLIES' and 'SAP' EP's. 'SAP' was originally released early 1992, half a year before DIRT came out. It features guest appearances by Ann Wilson (Heart), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden). 'JAR OF FLIES' was released in January 1994 and shows a side of the band that was unknown until then: predominately acoustic songs and the use of instruments like the harmonica and a talk-box. This highly collectable double vinyl set is etched with the band's Tribal Sun logo on one side.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "adamfarrer" on 14 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Words can not even begin to describe as to how this album can grip your emotions, throw them about a bit, and yet when its all over, place them back just as they were. Some would say that this is not an album to listen to after a heart break, or maybe on a lonely night, though I would disagree.
This album is dark, light, and in other cases, what ever you want it to be. Jar of Flies is very different from the albums, which surround its release. This is a mellow Alice in Chains, though none of the attitude is lost. Above all else, this album is simply beautiful, with the vocals and instrumentals sweeping you away from the reality of life for 30 or so minutes.
Cantrell's guitar work is far subtler than Facelift, Dirt, SAP and the self-titled album, though the brilliance of Kinney and Inez shouldn't be overlooked.
The Vocals again are softer, where Staley (rip) and Cantrell share roles as the lead vocalist, complementing each other perfectly.
A quick description of each track can be attempted, but justice could never be done.
1). Rotten Apple: Inez kicks off what is essentially a dark track, possibly the darkest on the album, with a slow gravely base, soon accompanied by Cantrell's Guitar work (electric in this track), never excessive, never understated.
2). Nutshell: This is an acoustic number, and isn't so much as dark as emotion provoking. A fantastic track which only seems to get recognition on the unplugged album, which is such a shame.
3). Stay Away: This is one of the better known songs on the album, and is the start of the album changing tone to a more up beat mood. Certainly a track which could pick you up when your up, and drag you down when your down, though personally I find it lifts up the mood regardless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joel.vandenbroek@btinternet.com on 16 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
These two eps are a great example of the range of Alice in Chains and were a completely shock to the cynics who wrote them off as heavy grungers, plain and simple, after Facelift and Dirt. The stuff on Jar Flies is great. The first two tracks are mind-blowing. You have the power-chord fuelled mantra of Rotten Apple, followed immediately by the wistful, forlorn acoustic feel of Nutshell (the version here is probably preferable to the one on Unplugged, due to the difference in power of Layne Staley's vocals between the two albums). No Excuses and I stay Away are also very good and even the instrumental drone of Whale and the Wasp has a certain poignancy to it. I am not so keen on Sap, but Brother is great tune and the other tracks still wipe the floor with a lot of stuff around these days attempting to emulate AIC. Definitely a worthwhile addition to any record collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 2002
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For a band renouned for their heavy grunge sound it is indeed ironic that their best piece of work is this little gem. A mini album and EP together of mostly acoustic much mellower arrangements leave you wondering what they could have achieved if Layne had stayed clean and they strayed more permenantly from the dirgy sound they were famous for.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Wright on 18 May 2003
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After producing 2 albums of pure straight out turgid, pain-filled, angsty heavy metal, you could tell something even more sublime was going to land. And nothing this quiet and somber has ever hit quite so hard. Written and recorded in about a week, Jar Of Flies is the Alice In Chains acoustic master-piece.
This is certainly a late night, nothing is right album. For a start, the typical 60's style vocal harmonies on opener, 'Rotten Apple', are even more spine-tingling in this mode and mood than ever, the guitar on highlight, 'Nutshell' is enough to make the most sober mind think twice, and the guitar solo and lyrics can only be called spine-tingling. It's quite unusual that the least-good of the tracks are the singles. 'I Stay Away' and 'No Excuses' are still acoustic master-pieces, but still somewhat lack in comparison to some of the album tracks, despite the lovely string arrangements on 'I Stay Away'...'Whale And Whasp' is a fine example of how to do an instrumental right, and doesn't become boring like some do, while the Jerry Cantrell sung, 'Don't Follow' is one of the main highlights on the CD, not changing the pace but forever changing your mind. The only real change of pace of the entire CD, is the final track, the almost arrogant sounding, 'Swing On This', which is a nice change of pace, although not by much, but it's there to keep the suspense up. And it's certainly full of that. One of the most disturbing records I've ever heard. Close the windows, lock the doors, sit down, don't look at the rain splashed windows and consider everything you could have done differently, but don't forget to flick this on lowly in the background darkness...
Sap, although still an acoustic album is an entirely different kettle of fish.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Turner on 3 Mar 2005
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At the exact time of writing this, I am listening to the opening track of 'Jar of Flies', a song called 'Rotten Apple'. I'm listening to Mike Inez's beautiful bassline, and Jerry Cantrell's wonderful opening riff, and chills are running down my spine at the beauty of the music issuing from my computer. And this album is made up purely of tracks that do this.
I wouldn't go so far as to call this double album acoustic, because if you compare the songs on this to their counterparts on 'Unplugged', even someone who's never picked up a guitar should be able to tell that there are electrics on here. How could they create that riff at the start of 'Rotten Apple' otherwise? Anyway, this is a fantastic record, and I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing intrest in Alice In Chains. It was in my CD player for weeks - it is almost impossible to get tired of music this good.
'Sap' has its good points as well, but I do generally prefer the versions of 'Brother' and 'Got Me Wrong' that were performed for the 'Unplugged' taping. They do work better in simply acoustic format. Or maybe it's just the charisma of the band when they were playing them. Who knows? 'Right Turn' offers a rare treat, collaboration with other bands! Oh wow! Isn't it great! (For thos of limited imagination, that was sarcasm of its lowest form). Anyway, personally I think 'Right Turn' is a great track, but maybe that's just because I've got a recording of pretty much everything Chris Cornell has ever done (buy Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden! Now! Or risk beating by angry Soundgarden fans!). Mark Arm from Mudhoney pops up on here as well - it took a tab search to find that out. Anyway, brilliant album, buy now, do it, do it, DO IT! You won't regret it, unless you're a Westlife fan.
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