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Music Bank (4CD) [Box set, Best of, Enhanced]

Alice In Chains Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Disc: 1
1. Get Born Again
2. I Can't Have You Blues (Demo)
3. Whatcha Gonna Do (Demo)
4. Social Parasite (Demo)
5. Queen Of The Rodeo (Live)
6. Bleed The Freak (Demo)
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rain When I Die
2. Fear The Voices
3. Them Bones
4. Dam That River
5. Sickman
6. Rooster
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Down In A Hole
2. Hate To Feel
3. What The Hell Have I (Remix)
4. A Little Bitter (Remix)
5. Grind
6. Again (Tattoo Of Pain Mix)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the bank July 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Was there, really, a better band from the early 90's Seattle scene? I love Nirvana and have always felt Kurt's music was more intelligent. For sheer heart-stopping power, though, AIC was the benchmark. That and the fact that every album they released could keep your attention from the first play puts them in the pantheon of grunge-metal bands.
Music Bank contains a trove of rare recordings that any true AIC freak that are in the "must-have" category. The box is not cheap, but well worth it. Layne's cynical humor is revealed in many of the live tracks - a rare glimpse at the live AIC persona.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands Down... Jan. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Even if your not a Alice in Chains fan and your just curious. Pick up this box set. Once you listen to a few tracks off any CD, you'll be listening to them all. RIP Layne Staley, this is a band to go to the Rock & Roll Hall and my favorite. BUY IT!!!
-Man in The Box
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3.0 out of 5 stars I can appreciate the effort, but.... April 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If this box set is strictly meant to be a retrospective, than it succeeds on that level, because it largely recycles many of the album tracks, and usually in the same playing order as the albums. The previously unreleased material is where this set unfortunately falls short. It offers up old demos of Chains as a cheese-metal band (albeit, one with a sense of humor), and one great track from the post-Facelift pre-Dirt days, "Lying Season". The rest? Remixes of "What The Hell Have I" and "A Little Bitter", the second of which sounded better with the original, supposedly 'tinny' mix job; also there is a baffling, cacophonic remix of "Again". Why is the great song that I found online, called "Blue", not included here? Or the bands' cover of "Suffragete City" ?(maybe they didn't want to pay Bowie royalties) Of the songs recorded for the box set, the characteristically creepy "Get Born Again" is great, but the song "Died", well, even Jerry writes that he wishes they "had a little more time with that one". I just think the guys were a little to close to this project to produce a proper career retrospective -- maybe that is still to come and I'm wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive rock music box set March 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
This one's for the fans, definitely. I would suggest anyone who's never heard Alice in Chains (where have you been?) to start with their previous records "Dirt",or "Jar of Flies." This box set pretty much contains every worthy AIC song ever written, it's 3 discs spanning the bands career from their early days until their latest self titled record, and an extra CD-Rom disc with some cool extras. Alice in Chains are a legacy of rock music, and sadly even with frontman's Layne Staley's death, this is a group real rock fans will remember forever. Great, great music, if you're into AIC and still don't have this, BUY IT NOW, the $...price tag is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the mighty Alice in Chains Jan. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
okay, so if you were wondering, either as an Alice virgin or a veteran, whether this 4-disc behemoth set is worth your time and money, then wonder no more! The Music Bank is a veritable vault, in a box designed to look like a combination safe, comprising a fine mixture of old, rare Alice tracks with original and demo versions of some of their hits on the first 3 discs. The fourth contains some video material and radio interviews as well as a peculiar quest-like computer game to "unlock the box."
As far as the best Alice songs go, some are missing from this collection. Others are here as previously unavailable demo versions. Still others are from various live performances over the years. And there are 2 new ones, as well. Couple this with a very emotive booklet summing up the Alice story with its own mix of subtle humour balanced with plank-upside-the-head bluntness and you have a superb chronicle of the legendary Alice in Chains.
Make no mistake, Alice have been around the Seattle scene easily as long as Soundgarden; long before the rise and fall of Cobain; and from the days when Pearl Jam was still Green River and then Mother Love Bone. While Nirvana may have been the Phoenix of rock , they were by no means the lone bastion of "grunge." Not to say anything bad about the 'garden, or Pearl Jam - both number up there as my all-time favorites. I think, though, at the end of the day, Alice will rise as my all-time #1 - fine musicians and song-writers all, brilliant performers and artists to the bittersweet end.
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This seems like a bit of a cash in, like the other live album and the "Best of the box" CD. I really believe that every AIC album is worth purchasing,and is full of really great music,so I think there's little value in releasing a box set with "hit singles" from albums any real fan of AIC would have anyway. The higlight of this set is the unreleased material,and the record label knows this.They should've released a CD that contained all of the unreleased songs and rarities, or maybe a Box set that didn't include material fans already have, at a lower price. I think the unreleased material was used to get you to buy something more expensive. It may be quality,but it's a shame they did it in this way,and didn't just give fans what they really wanted- unreleased and rare material only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AIC-Music Bank
Greatest band ever! Layne Staley's powerful and haunting vocals are like no other. Jerry Cantrell is a brilliant and talented guitarist and vocalist as well. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This is a must if your a grunge fan, now that the band is over might as well get the whole set.
Published on May 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars best of 5 albums, demos, acoustic, music videos, interviews
This boxed set is amazing, first off 3 discs featuring the best of all 5 of Alice In Chains Albums (disc1 Facelift and Sap disc2 Dirt, Jar of Flies disc3 Alice In Chains), along... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by Jeff Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Can you say kaa-ching ?
I am really getting sick and tired of these attempts to cash in and milk various good bands that stopped playing for one reason or another. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by CoolCat
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Complete
I Do enjoy this box set as it has demo's, re-mixes and the 2 new songs recorded for it that are really, really good!! Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection
I wasn't an Alice In Chains fan until my friend bought Jar of Flies. I loved most of the songs on there. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by "slap_j"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection from the most Underrated Band Ever.
We've all had a point in time where we remember a certain band a say to ourselves, "Hey, I need to get all their albums". Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2000 by Karlito Brigante
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