Sea of Sorrow
|"Sea of Sorrow"|
|Single by Alice in Chains|
|from the album Facelift|
|Format||CD single, cassette, vinyl|
|Recorded||December 1988 - April 1990 at London Bridge Studio, Seattle & Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood|
|Length||5:49 (album) 3:37 (radio edit)|
|Alice in Chains singles chronology|
"Sea of Sorrow" is the fourth single by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released in 1991 and featured on their debut full-length album Facelift (1990). The song was included on the compilation album The Essential Alice in Chains (2006). A demo version of the song was included on the box set Music Bank (1999).
Release and reception
"Sea of Sorrow" was released as a single in 1991. "Sea of Sorrow" peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Sea of Sorrow" was a moderate success and is still occasionally played on hard rock radio stations.
Ned Raggett of Allmusic said that the song "showed that even as a fairly young group Alice in Chains wanted to fool around with expectations at least a bit" and that "just about every member gets a little moment of flair on the track."
The first version was directed by Paul Rachman, who had previously directed the "Man in the Box" music video for the band. The first (and ultimately discarded) version is in color and features the band playing in multicolored spotlights. Vocalist Layne Staley also has most of his dreadlocks cut off, but some intact, giving him an odd hairstyle. The video is available on the home video release Live Facelift.
The second version, directed by Martyn Atkins, was the one the band eventually decided to release and is shot mostly in black and white. Segments from the color video are used in the later black and white one, often glowing momentarily into color from monochrome. There was some editing involved to make the final video appear seamless, as Staley has the half-dreadlock hairstyle in the color video, but shorter and more even cut in the second. The video is available on the home video release Music Bank: The Videos.
A performance of "Sea of Sorrow" is included on the home video release Live Facelift.
|1.||"Sea of Sorrow" (edit)||4:34|
|2.||"Sea of Sorrow"||5:49|
- Layne Staley – vocals
- Jerry Cantrell – guitar, backing vocals
- Mike Starr – bass
- Sean Kinney – drums, percussion, piano
|US Billboard Album Rock Tracks||27|