Nothing Safe: Best of the Box

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Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
Greatest hits album by Alice in Chains
Released June 29, 1999
Recorded 1989-1998
Genre Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal
Length 62:18
Label Columbia
Producer Alice in Chains, Alex Coletti, Dave Jerden, Rick Parashar, Tony Wilson, Toby Wright, Peter Fletcher
Alice in Chains compilations chronology
Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
(1999)
Music Bank
(1999)
Singles from Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
  1. "Get Born Again"
    Released: July 13, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars<[3]

Nothing Safe: Best of the Box is a compilation/greatest hits album by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released on June 29, 1999 on Columbia Records.

Overview[edit]

The album is the first of Alice in Chains's best-of albums, and also served as a sampler for their Music Bank box set. Nothing Safe contains songs from previous albums Facelift, Sap, Dirt, Jar of Flies, Alice in Chains and Unplugged, as well as the previously unreleased track "Get Born Again".

Despite the "Best of the Box" album title, the demo version of "We Die Young" that appears here is not included on Music Bank and is therefore exclusive to this collection. In addition, "Iron Gland" is featured with the beginning drum found on the Dirt track "Dam That River". A "Best Buy Exclusive" issue of the CD included a bonus disc in a cardboard sleeve, with live versions of "Angry Chair" and "Man in the Box". The version of "What The Hell Have I" that appears here is the original version, not the remixed version that appears on Music Bank.

Release and reception[edit]

The album was certified platinum by the RIAA, and the revenue generated from the album was used to fund the Music Bank box set.[4] The album has received mainly positive reviews, with critics praising the compilations inclusion of rare material, along with the band's hits. Allmusic staff writer Steve Huey gave the album a four star rating writing "The package is not unattractive, since nearly all the hits are present in some form; also included are the new song "Get Born Again" and the better of the group's two contributions to the Last Action Hero soundtrack, "What the Hell Have I."[1] Bill Adams of Ground Control Magazine, reviewing Alice in Chains Discography wrote "To its credit, Nothing Safe is a solid compilation of odds, ends, live tracks, studio cuts, soundtrack appearances and rarities, which serves its purpose for giving 'in-passing' fans a pretty enjoyable set".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Born Again" (previously unreleased) Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell 5:26
2. "We Die Young" (previously unreleased demo) Cantrell 2:28
3. "Man in the Box" (from Facelift) Staley, Cantrell 4:46
4. "Them Bones" (from Dirt) Cantrell 2:30
5. "Iron Gland" (unlisted track from Dirt) Cantrell 0:43
6. "Angry Chair" (from Dirt) Staley 4:46
7. "Down in a Hole" (from Dirt) Cantrell 5:37
8. "Rooster" (Live; previously unreleased in North America) Cantrell 6:46
9. "Got Me Wrong" (from MTV Unplugged) Cantrell 4:24
10. "No Excuses" (from Jar of Flies) Cantrell 4:15
11. "I Stay Away" (from Jar of Flies) Staley, Michael Inez, Cantrell 4:14
12. "What the Hell Have I" (Music from the Original Motion Picture - Last Action Hero) Cantrell 3:57
13. "Grind" (from Alice in Chains) Cantrell 4:44
14. "Again" (from Alice in Chains) Staley, Cantrell 4:04
15. "Would?" (from Dirt) Cantrell 3:28
Total length:
62:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Jerry Cantrell - Lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Grind"
  • Layne Staley - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar on "Angry Chair"
  • Sean Kinney - Drums
  • Mike Starr - Bass (tracks 2-8, 15)
  • Mike Inez - Bass (tracks 1, 9-14)
  • Tom Araya - vocals on "Iron Gland"
  • Alice in Chains - Producer
  • Bryan Carlstrom – engineer
  • Ronnie S. Champagne – engineer
  • Alex Coletti – producer
  • John Harris – engineer
  • Dave Jerden – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Rick Parashar – producer
  • Andy Wallace – mixing
  • Tony Wilson – producer
  • Toby Wright – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Tom Nellen – engineer
  • Peter Fletcher – producer, compilation producer
  • Mike Walter – engineer
  • Rocky Schenck – photography
  • Mary Maurer – art direction, design
  • Danny Clinch – photography
  • Marty Temme – photography
  • Brandy Flower – design
  • Young Sun Lim – artwork, art direction
  • Chris McCann – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
US Billboard 200[5] 20
Top Internet Albums[5] 17

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[6]
US Main
[7]
US Mod
[7]
1999 "Get Born Again"[I] 106 4 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Nothing Safe: Best of the Box > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Hunter, James (1999-09-02). "Nothing Safe: Best of the Box". Album Reviews. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/9241/Alice-in-Chains-Nothing-Safe/
  4. ^ a b Adams, Bill. (2011). Alice in Chains Discography Part 2 Ground Control Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  5. ^ a b "Alice in Chains - Artist chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100 Airplay - Alice in Chains". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2008-05-13. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Artist Chart History – Alice in Chains". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2008-02-14.