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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000050OCY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Pressed on 180 grams audiophile vinyl

About the Artist

In 1996 Alice In Chains performed their first show in three years for MTV Unplugged. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be one of the last ones they would ever do, as lead singer Layne Staley's drug addiction was already getting the better of him. Visibly frail, he and band members Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney still out-performed many of the other acts that crept in front of MTV's camera, making this one of the most legendary performances of the series. The band perform songs from both Facelift and Dirt albums as well as their critically acclaimed EP Jar Of Flies, creating new and exciting arrangements for their heavier songs while reinventing others. The tension and excitement in the audience is palpable throughout the entire show, and it makes this a fantastic record of the greatness of Alice In Chains. Music On Vinyl have decided to press the record on double 180 grams black audiophile vinyl, as opposed to the many colorful bootleg cuts that have been released over the years. This is the real deal, with guaranteed quality of the recording, mastering and pressing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It genuinely is a shame that Alice In chains were dogged with the 'grunge' label in the early 90's when their music was deeper, more esoteric and basically better than the kings of the grunge movement at that time, mainly Nirvana and Pearl Jam. When looking at the MTV unplugged performances of both aforementioned bands in comparison with Alice In Chains, they fade without a trace. Despite the Pearl Jam performance being loose and steeped in atmosphere, the sound and execution of the songs was somewhat weak despite Eddie Vedder's trademark passion. Nirvana's performance was better, there was a good, warm atmosphere and Kurt Cobain was in a surprisingly good mood. The fact that the set list consisted of many covers to hide the fact that they didn't have enough suitable material is indicative of how out of place they were and the band's looseness looked amateurish. The punk rock ethic of sloppiness in the setting of a folk concert are not very compatible as their performance proved. Alice In Chains unplugged is a stark contrast to both of these bands, their modesty was a change from the hype and commercial excess that followed the two aforementioned grunge pioneers. It is an intangible moment in time and music that has been encapsulated and embraced on this record. The sound is warm, sonorous, colourful and sparkling, Layne Staley's voice is deep, trembling and emotional and the band's performance is so damn tight that when the songs are being played you would think that they are straight from a studio recording. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and moving 27 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a very special album. MTV's unplugged series continues with the band that seemed very unlikely to lend itself to this format.

Strip away the production, special effects and heavy instrumentation of the albums and suddenly the mastery of Alice in Chains music is laid bare. This album is easily as surprising and involving as the Nirvana Unplugged session. It certainly is not as viceral as most of the studio albums and reflects most closely the Sap EP, it is however as loaded with angst, frustration and pain as the original album recordings, if not more so.

It has been said on another review that Layne was drugged up to the eyeballs to do this recording, this problem was an issue throughout his career and eventually (and sadly) took his life. His off stage lifestyle and depresive mindset coloured his music and is a big part of why AIC's music was so heartwrenchingly effective. This live set is no different to that of the albums in that sense.

This session in my opinion, like that of Nirvana MTV appearence, affirms the bands mastery of songcraft and is a fitting tribute to a fine singer/songwriter whos music will live on in the powerful and classic albums that he left behind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars proves one thing... 10 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
...that alice in chains songs dont rely that heavily on distortion and effects. This is the stripped down, acoustic 'greatest hits' of alice in chains. Listenable from start to finish, with several songs like 'no excuses' and 'down in a hole' sounding deeper and more thought provoking than their album counterparts.

A Very good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic 13 Aug 2004
By Marc
Format:Audio CD
This is a majestic album, although probably best if you already own some AIC. The songs stand out superbly having been stripped of the distorted guitars. Unfortunately Layne's voice is not as powerful as it should be, due to his substance abuse and he looks very ill, in fact i was surprised that he managed to live on for another 6 years before succumbing to his addiction. At least in this CD you can feel the power of AIC even though the distortion isn't there. But if you get the DVD or video you will see/hear parts that were cut out from the CD that showcase the band still has a laugh and that Layne despite his troubles still had his sense of humour. RIP Layne - both you and AIC will be sorely missed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and haunting but most of all amazing! 2 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For my money this is a better album than Nirvana's unplugged CD. Where Nirvana might have been about timeless songs, Alice in Chains were about catharsis. Be it through the unrelenting narcotised grind of Dirt to the softer atmospherics of the Jar of Flies EP, AIC is a band which shoots it's messsage deep into your heart. Unplugged is mainly compiled of material off their recent eponymously titled album, packaged by a sleeve featuring a three legged dog. However it is here, despite some superb bluesy guitar playing from Cantrell, that Singer Layne Staley excels.Songs like 'Down in a Hole' and 'Angry Chair', songs which slayed audiences with their power now leave the listener aching in the darkness the band creates. The music is bleak, opiated and haunting but above all darkly and oppressively beautiful. It is hard to transfer into words the effect this album will have on you if you are in pain, but if your not...you should buy it anyway, just to know how it feels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality... 6 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This band has all ways been in the back ground in the presseseye, but to the people who actually are into the scene and the music know they are one of the most effective rock bands today. The only problem with the band is that they have to many internal problems to keep a good flow of music going. The give us an unplugged to show everyone just what they are able to do. Layne Stanley's voice sounds like no other, backed by a band that can truly play well and with great song writing they are set to go places. Songs on this album include 'Would?, Rooster and Angry Chair' which they do so well. This even though its Unplugged is still very powerful and they give us quality in each song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by Silvio Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Music History
A must own for ant A in C fan or indeed anyone into music for that matter. Layne Staleys voice incredible.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
Not only one of the best Unplugged albums out there, but one of the best albums I have ever bought
Published 4 months ago by Pete Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest MTV Unplugged Series
Unplugged was a big thing in the 1990s- Along with Alice in Chains, a whole host of bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots were into doing it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good. Words cannot do it justice
Published 6 months ago by stuart heath
5.0 out of 5 stars On a par with....
Have to say, this was recommended to me by a friend who said I would love it, but I was reluctant to buy it as I like Alice in Chains, but don't love them - I've always been a lazy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by TS
5.0 out of 5 stars as great as expected
The sound is amazing.
It reminds me the show. I love it.
You should buy it it's a great investment.
Published 16 months ago by Gilet Aurore
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Fruitcake
This is one of the best unplugged albums ever. These guys are so cool and the music is stellar.
The sound quality of the album is exceptionally clear, vibrant and its nothing... Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. Waruna Gomis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Bought this as I have all studio albums it is a good quality recording and good to hear track striped back a must have
Published 20 months ago by Mr. D. C. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Chains finest work.
This album shows just how overlooked AIC were. Its a band on the rock, its a band at its best, its a band giving one final epic performance. If you like Grunge, buy it. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2012 by madidus
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