Live - Alice in Chains
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  1. Alice in Chains - Live should have been a double disc set. There were far too many great songs sacrificed in narrowing it down to just one disc.
  2. Recorded at various venues between 1990 and 1996, the versions of the songs that appear on Live are generally rougher and more expansive than their studio counterparts. And they're not only loud: they're heavy. Mike Inez's bass feels like it's jammed in your spine. Vocalist Layne Staley -- he of the well-documented battle with heroin addiction -- sounds like someone in crisis who may implode at any moment. He grips you, and you lose yourself in his struggle. All of this helps make these performances vital.
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    A reminder of how great the band could be when its members put their minds to it.
  4. Their detuned sound and tales from the darkside are even more sinister and gripping on the concert stage, as evidenced by this 14-track set.
  5. Somewhat surprisingly, for a band that hasn't toured much in its 12-year career, Live is full of edge-to-edge dynamite performances dating from 1990 to 1996.
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  1. ChrisM.
    Dec 21, 2001
    brilliant, lovehatelove is the best song, but they are all amazing. Listen to this if you like real music
  2. Jun 21, 2012
    Awesome. I really do love Alice in chains, they are just a really good bad with good sound and style. Probably one of the best live albums I've seen out there. Expand
  3. liamr
    Mar 7, 2007
    excellent album...shows that layne is one of the all time great rock singers, combined with the fantastic guitar playing ability from jerry cantrel represents the bands live performances very well...probably one of the most underated band of all time Collapse
  4. BrenoJ
    Apr 19, 2007
    Absolutly Fantastic
  5. paulp
    Jan 5, 2006
    A good live album. Much better than Nirvana's 'from the wishkah' live CD for example. The band and Layne Staley are in great form, especially on earlier tracks like 'Bleed the Freak', 'Love Hate Love', 'Junkhead'. For me, the best track is 'God Am' from one of their last ever shows with Staley in 1996. Despite being obviously very ill due to substance abuse by this time, here he manages to give one of his best ever vocal performances. I would have probably given this disc 10 if it wasnt for the slightly muddy sound on some of the tracks, esp. the 1996 ones. Expand
  6. Lewis.B
    Jun 1, 2003
    best live album ever?fu** yeah! the only thing that i didnt like was Rooster. The studio version has a more "poundage" too it. and its too slow or too fast or too AIC. i cant put my finger on it. Expand

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