Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2
|Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2|
|Studio album by Jerry Cantrell|
|Released||November 26, 2002|
|Recorded||A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA; Master Control in Burbank, CA; Music Grinder Studios in West Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||Alternative metal, alternative rock, grunge, heavy metal, doom metal|
|Producer||Jerry Cantrell & Jeff Tomei|
|Jerry Cantrell chronology|
Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 is a double album by Jerry Cantrell, released on 26 November 2002 on Roadrunner Records. It is an expanded limited edition of Cantrell's Degradation Trip album, which was released approximately five months earlier. All the songs were written long prior to the first release of Degradation Trip; Roadrunner Records, uneasy toward the idea of a double album release, made Cantrell condense it but promised to eventually release all of his material. The track order of the expanded version, which differs from the first, is also presented in Cantrell's originally planned order. Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and then-Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society bassist Robert Trujillo (formerly of Suicidal Tendencies and later of Metallica) contributed to Degradation Trip and would tour with Cantrell in support of it.
Recording and background
The liner notes for Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 include an article by Don Kaye entitled "A Long, Strange Trip." This has Kaye describing the album's style and features quotes from Jerry Cantrell regarding its development and final release as a double album. Cantrell described the initial plans for the album:
- "We probably had thirty-plus ideas - it could have been a triple record, you know what I mean? When I was making the record, my co-producer actually gave me George Harrison's triple record (All Things Must Pass), which is one of the coolest things anyone's ever given me. So yeah, this was intended to come out as Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2"
The label executives commended Cantrell's ambition but showed uneasiness toward the idea of a double album. Since Cantrell had already spent a year searching for a label that would take his album, he compromised and condensed his work on the promise that later on it would be released in its entirety.
For about four months in 1998, Cantrell locked himself in his home to write the 25 songs. He noted that much of the songwriting was inspired by the demise of Alice in Chains, describing it as "looking at a situation where I had to move on, and not really being happy about it. . . So it was just coming to grips with all that stuff - and I'm still doing it, especially now that Layne's gone." Consequently, Degradation Trip boasts various dark themes and bleak visuals. Songs like "Bargain Basement Howard Hughes" and "Pig Charmer" directly relate to the relationship between Cantrell and former bandmate Layne Staley. "Owned" and "Pro False Idol" question the career of Cantrell and his status as a musician, while "Feel the Void" and "31/32" explore the concept of lives wasted. Cantrell elaborated, "Throughout the process of making this record, I often wondered at times whether I was insane or not. Sitting here, thinking back on it now, I probably had my moments." He also noted, however, the satisfaction in having released the album as he wanted and being able to put all of the intimate expression to bed.
All tracks written by Jerry Cantrell.
|2.||"Bargain Basement Howard Hughes"||5:39|
|6.||"Mother's Spinning in Her Grave (Glass Dick Jones)"||3:54|
|9.||"Pro False Idol"||7:18|
|10.||"Feel the Void"||6:57|
|3.||"What It Takes"||4:44|
|6.||"Hurts Don't It?" (instrumental)||4:46|
|7.||"She Was My Girl"||3:59|
|11.||"Give It a Name"||4:02|
- Jerry Cantrell – vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
- Robert Trujillo – bass guitar
- Mike Bordin – drums
- Additional percussion by Walter Earl
- Additional guitar on "Anger Rising" by Chris DeGarmo
- Produced by Jerry Cantrell and Jeff Tomei
- Mixed by Jeff Tomei
- Recorded by Jeff Tomei and Tim Harkins, assisted by Jaime Sikora
- Mastered by George Marino
- A&R – Monte Conner
- Artwork and photography by Team Switzerland
- Drum tech – Walter Earl
- Guitar tech – Brett Allen
- Management – Bill Siddons for Siddons & Associates
- Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- Christopher, Michael. Degradation Trip: An Interview with Jerry Cantrell PopMatters (December 26, 2002). Received November 22, 2007.
- Kaye, Don. "A Long, Strange Trip" Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 (November 26, 2002). Retrieved on 6-20-09.