Nothing Safe: Best of the Box

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Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
Alice In Chains Nothing Safe.jpg
Greatest hits album by Alice in Chains
ReleasedJune 29, 1999[1]
Recorded1989-1998
GenreAlternative metal, grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal
Length62:18
LabelColumbia
ProducerAlice in Chains, Alex Coletti, Dave Jerden, Rick Parashar, Tony Wilson, Toby Wright, Peter Fletcher
Alice in Chains chronology
Unplugged
(1996)
Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
(1999)
Music Bank
(1999)
Singles from Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
  1. "Get Born Again"
    Released: June 1, 1999[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[4]

Nothing Safe: Best of the Box is the first greatest hits album by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released on June 29, 1999 on Columbia Records. The previously unreleased track "Get Born Again" was released as a single to promote the album[1] and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[5] and at No. 12 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[6] "Get Born Again" was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2000.[7]

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", recorded between September and October 1998.[8][9]

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.[10]

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."[2]

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".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Born Again" (previously unreleased)Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell5:26
2."We Die Young" (previously unreleased demo)Cantrell2:28
3."Man in the Box" (from Facelift)Staley, Cantrell4:46
4."Them Bones" (from Dirt)Cantrell2:30
5."Iron Gland" (unlisted track from Dirt)Cantrell0:43
6."Angry Chair" (from Dirt)Staley4:46
7."Down in a Hole" (from Dirt)Cantrell5:37
8."Rooster" (Live; previously unreleased in North America)Cantrell6:46
9."Got Me Wrong" (from MTV Unplugged)Cantrell4:24
10."No Excuses" (from Jar of Flies)Cantrell4:15
11."I Stay Away" (from Jar of Flies)Staley, Michael Inez, Cantrell4:14
12."What the Hell Have I" (Music from the Original Motion Picture - Last Action Hero)Cantrell3:57
13."Grind" (from Alice in Chains)Cantrell4:44
14."Again" (from Alice in Chains)Staley, Cantrell4:04
15."Would?" (from Dirt)Cantrell3:28
Total length:62:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Jerry Cantrell - Lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Grind", co-lead vocals on "Would?"
  • 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[11] 20
Top Internet Albums[12] 17

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Bubbling
[13]
US Main
[5]
US Mod
[6]
1999 "Get Born Again"[I] 6 4 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Columbia Records Online Programming Guide for the Week Of June 1, 1999". The Free Library. Business Wire. June 1, 1999. Archived from the original on July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Nothing Safe: Best of the Box > Overview". Allmusic. Archived from the original on August 8, 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  3. ^ Hunter, James (1999-09-02). "Nothing Safe: Best of the Box". Album Reviews. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  4. ^ "Alice in Chains - Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (album review)". Sputnikmusic.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  5. ^ a b "Alice in Chains Chart History – Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Alice in Chains Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards: List of nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Fischer, Blair R. (September 3, 1998). "Malice in Chains?". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 3, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alice in Chains Timeline". SonyMusic.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Adams, Bill. (2011). Alice in Chains Discography Part 2 Archived 2015-01-20 at the Wayback Machine. Ground Control Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  11. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Alice in Chains "Nothing Safe" Chart History – Internet Albums". Billboard. July 24, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard charts. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Alice in Chains – Nothing's Safe". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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