(2011) The Essential Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

... read moreDepending on how you keep count, The Essential Alice in Chains is the third or fourth attempt at an Alice in Chains compilation -- 1999 saw the box set Music Bank and Nothing Safe, a single disc of highlights from the three-disc retrospective, and 2001 brought the release of the slightly too skimpy...

Explicit

02:09′:37″ 28 Songs

Disk 1

1
Alice In Chains
We Die Young
2:32
2
Alice In Chains
Man In The Box
4:46
3
Alice In Chains
Sea Of Sorrow
5:49
4
Alice In Chains
Love, Hate, Love (Album Version)
6:26
5
Alice In Chains
Am I Inside
5:08
6
Alice In Chains
Brother (Album Version)
4:27
7
Alice In Chains
Got Me Wrong
4:10
8
Alice In Chains
Right Turn
3:14
9
Alice In Chains
Rain When I Die (Album Version)
6:02
10
Alice In Chains
Them Bones
2:29
11
Alice In Chains
Angry Chair
4:47
12
Alice In Chains
Dam That River (Album Version)
3:09
13
Alice In Chains
Dirt (Album Version)
5:17
14
Alice In Chains
God Smack (Album Version)
3:51
15
Alice In Chains
Hate To Feel (Album Version)
5:16
16
Alice In Chains
Rooster
6:14

Disk 2

1
Alice In Chains
No Excuses
4:16
2
Alice In Chains
I Stay Away
4:14
3
Alice In Chains
What The Hell Have I (Remix)
3:57
4
Alice In Chains
A Little Bitter (Remix)
3:52
5
Alice In Chains
Grind
4:45
6
Alice In Chains
Heaven Beside You
5:29
7
Alice In Chains
Again
4:05
8
Alice In Chains
Over Now (Unplugged)
5:53
9
Alice In Chains
Nutshell (Unplugged)
4:29
10
Alice In Chains
Get Born Again
5:26
11
Alice In Chains
Died
6:06
12
Alice In Chains
Would?
3:28
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Review

Depending on how you keep count, The Essential Alice in Chains is the third or fourth attempt at an Alice in Chains compilation -- 1999 saw the box set Music Bank and Nothing Safe, a single disc of highlights from the three-disc retrospective, and 2001 brought the release of the slightly too skimpy Greatest Hits. At two discs and 28 tracks, The Essential falls somewhere between the fan-oriented excess of Music Bank and the just-the-basics Greatest Hits, offering all of the group's biggest songs -- not just singles like "Man in the Box," "Angry Chair," "Rooster," "No Excuses," and "Would?" but also album tracks like "Sea of Sorrow," "God Smack," "Hate to Feel," and "Dam That River" -- in a comprehensive overview of their career. While this may be a little bit too long for those listeners who only want AIC's grunge staples -- conversely, there are certainly a handful of songs that diehards might miss -- this is nevertheless the best-executed Alice in Chains compilation yet, functioning well as an effective summary and introduction to their too-brief, complicated career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine