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The Essential Alice in Chains

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  • Certainly this re-mastered collection tops the previous “Greatest Hits” and “Best of the Box” offers. It’s definitely worth the $20 for the album.

    One has to wonder, as is obligatory with any compilation representative of an artist’s entire body of work, how a few Chains standards were omitted.

    The biggest omission is the absence of the beautifully crafted “Down In A Hole,” but also curious is the “Rain When I Die” selection over “Junk Head” from “Dirt.” Other interesting selections would be the “Sap-heavy” track inclusions while AIC’s mini-masterpiece, “Jar Of Flies” seems under-represented. “Rotten Apple,” “Whale and Wasp” or “Don’t Follow” could have easily been included on the ostensibly shorter second CD. Also, though Layne’s performance on the unplugged version of “Nutshell” is particularly poignant, the album version of that song (though never released as a single) is regarded by some as the band’s single best track and could have been included in its original form.

    Regardless of opinion of the song selection, this two-disc set is fairly comprehensive and undeniably worth the price of purchase.

    Posted on February 14, 2010