Greatest Hits (Alice in Chains album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Alice in Chains
Released July 24, 2001
Recorded 1990 - 1996
Genre Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal
Length 44:35
Label Columbia
Producer Alice in Chains, Rick Parashar, Dave Jerden, Toby Wright
Alice in Chains compilations chronology
Music Bank
(1999)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
The Essential Alice in Chains
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits collection by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released on July 24, 2001 on Columbia Records.

Overview[edit]

Greatest Hits is the second collection of hit songs by the band, albeit shorter than the previous release, Nothing Safe: Best of the Box. Greatest Hits was certified gold by the RIAA on November 30, 2005.[2] It was the last album released by Alice in Chains before the death of singer Layne Staley in 2002. Mike Starr plays bass on tracks 1-5, and Mike Inez on Tracks 6-10.

Album cover[edit]

The album featured two covers. The first cover features a photo of retired boxer Gene Fullmer receiving a crushing right from Neal Rivers. The unofficial second cover features the members of the band's heads on a rainbow background without the text on the cover.

Reception[edit]

The album received a mixed reception from critics, with reviewers criticizing the lack of songs and "Cash grab" nature of the album. Allmusic's Steve Huey called the album "a lower-priced, ten-track sampler of Alice in Chains' career."[1] Bill Adams of Ground Control Magazine questioned the integrity of the album, writing in his review "one has to wonder who this compilation was made for. When it was released in 2001, Alice in Chains had only gone for about six years without a new studio album, and fans had been kept interested with live albums, box sets and myriad other releases, so why put out something so plainly utilitarian?".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Man in the Box" (from Facelift) Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Michael C. Starr, Sean Kinney 4:47
2. "Them Bones" (from Dirt) Cantrell 2:30
3. "Rooster" (from Dirt) Cantrell 6:15
4. "Angry Chair" (from Dirt) Staley 4:48
5. "Would?" (from Dirt) Cantrell 3:28
6. "No Excuses" (from Jar of Flies) Cantrell 4:15
7. "I Stay Away" (from Jar of Flies) Cantrell, Mike Inez, Staley 4:14
8. "Grind" (from Alice in Chains) Cantrell 4:46
9. "Heaven Beside You" (from Alice in Chains) Cantrell, Inez 5:29
10. "Again" (from Alice in Chains) Cantrell, Staley 4:05
Total length:
44:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Layne Staley – lead vocals, backing vocals on "Grind" and "Heaven Beside You" and guitar on "Angry Chair", "Grind" and "Heaven Beside You"
  • Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals on "Grind" and "Heaven Beside You"
  • Mike Starr – bass (tracks 1-5)
  • Mike Inez – bass (tracks 6-10), additional backing vocals on "Again"
  • Sean Kinney – drums
  • Bryan Carlstrom – engineer
  • Ronnie S. Champagne – engineer
  • Dave Jerden – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Rick Parashar – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Toby Wright – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Tom Nellen – engineer
  • Rocky Schenck – photography
  • Mary Maurer – art direction
  • Marty Temme – photography
  • Elliott Blakey – engineer

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Billboard 200[4] 112

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Greatest Hits > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search :D". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  3. ^ Adams, Bill. (2011). Alice in Chains Discography Part 2 Ground Control Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  4. ^ "Alice in Chains - Artist chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2007-11-09.