RELEASE
October 26, 1999
LABEL
Columbia
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

Three studio albums, two EPs, one live album, and a few European B-sides seemingly is a scant body of work to provide the basis for a box set, but that proves not to be the case with Music Bank, a three-disc retrospective of Alice in Chains' decade-long career. In many ways, the very release of Music Bank and its single-disc distillation, Nothing Safe, is a roundabout admission that AIC is no longer an active proposition for any of its members. But even if the group makes a comeback sometime in the next century, the two compilations are good snapshots of an era when Alice in Chains was one of the best bands in metal. By its very nature, Music Bank is for the hardcore fan, since it spans three discs, but this is one box that gets it right. It does feature all the hits, but they're surrounded by so many rarities -- including an abundance of demos, 12 previously unreleased cuts, live tracks, and alternate mixes and takes -- that it never seems like a hits compilation. More impressively, Music Bank has a real narrative drive; it's easy to hear the band evolve, even if the set begins with the newly recorded "Get Born Again." True, the box set really isn't for casual fans -- they should stick with Nothing Safe or the band's masterpiece, Dirt -- but the dedicated will not be disappointed with this fine set, since it does deliver more rarities than expected.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Get Born Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. I Can't Have You Blues [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Whatcha Gonna Do [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Social Parasite [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Queen of the Rodeo [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Bleed the Freak [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Killing Yourself [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. We Die Younghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Man in the Boxhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Sea of Sorrow [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Can't Rememberhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Love, Hate, Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. It Ain't Like Thathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Confusionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Rooster [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Right Turnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Got Me Wronghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Rain When I Diehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Fear the Voices [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Them Boneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Dam That Riverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Sickmanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Roosterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Junkhead [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Dirthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. God Smackhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Iron Glandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Angry Chairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Lying Season [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Would?http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Brotherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Am I Insidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I Stay Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. No Excuseshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Down in a Holehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Hate to Feelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. What the Hell Have I [Remix][#][Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. A Little Bitter [Remix][#][Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Grindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Again [Tattoo of Pain Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Head Creepshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. God Amhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Frogshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Heaven Beside Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Nutshell [Unplugged Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. The Killer Is Me [Unplugged Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Over Now [Unplugged Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Died [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Get Born Again [Multimedia Track]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Jar of Flies [CD Extra Multimedia][Multimedia Track]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. The Journey [Multimedia Track]http://itunes.apple.com/album/music-bank/id457508816?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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