Dirt (30th Anniversary) (2022 Remaster) Alice In Chains

Album info

Album-Release:
1992

HRA-Release:
18.09.2022

Label: Columbia

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

Artist: Alice In Chains

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  • 1Them Bones (2022 Remaster)02:29
  • 2Dam That River (2022 Remaster)03:09
  • 3Rain When I Die (2022 Remaster)06:02
  • 4Down In A Hole (2022 Remaster)05:38
  • 5Sickman (2022 Remaster)05:30
  • 6Rooster (2022 Remaster)06:14
  • 7Junkhead (2022 Remaster)05:09
  • 8Dirt (2022 Remaster)05:17
  • 9God Smack (2022 Remaster)03:51
  • 10Untitled (2022 Remaster)00:43
  • 11Hate To Feel (2022 Remaster)05:16
  • 12Angry Chair (2022 Remaster)04:47
  • 13Would? (2022 Remaster)03:28
  • Total Runtime57:33

Info for Dirt (30th Anniversary) (2022 Remaster)



Originally released through Columbia Records on September 29, 1992, Alice In Chains’ second full-length studio album, Dirt, established the band as formidable frontrunners in the alt-rock music revolution rolling out of the Pacific Northwest, achieving multi-platinum mainstream success while remaining true to an uncompromising underground sound and vision. Dirt was the last Alice In Chains album to be recorded with the Seattle group’s core four founding members: Jerry Cantrell (guitar, vocals), Sean Kinney (drums), Mike Starr (bass) and Layne Staley (lead vocals).

Alice In Chains began recording Dirt in the spring of 1992, working again with producer Dave Jerden, who’d helmed their debut studio album, Facelift, in 1990. Laying down tracks for Dirt at Eldorado Recording Studio in Burbank, California, London Bridge Studio in Seattle, and One on One Studios in Los Angeles from April to July 1992, Alice In Chains surpassed all expectations, creating one of the foundational albums of grunge and the best-selling album of the group’s career.

Dirt peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the Billboard charts for nearly two years. The album was voted Kerrang! Critic’s Choice Album of the Year for 1992 and in October 2011, Guitar World ranked Dirt as the #1 guitar album of 1992.

"Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell's solo-written contributions (nearly half the album) effectively maintain the thematic coherence -- nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict. Cantrell's technically limited but inventive guitar work is by turns explosive, textured, and queasily disorienting, keeping the listener off balance with atonal riffs and off-kilter time signatures. Staley's stark confessional lyrics are similarly effective, and consistently miserable. Sometimes he's just numb and apathetic, totally desensitized to the outside world; sometimes his self-justifications betray a shockingly casual amorality; his moments of self-recognition are permeated by despair and suicidal self-loathing. Even given its subject matter, Dirt is monstrously bleak, closely resembling the cracked, haunted landscape of its cover art. The album holds out little hope for its protagonists (aside from the much-needed survival story of "Rooster," a tribute to Cantrell's Vietnam-vet father), but in the end, it's redeemed by the honesty of its self-revelation and the sharp focus of its music." (Steve Huey, AMG)

Layne Staley, lead vocals, rhythm guitar on "Hate to Feel" and "Angry Chair"
Jerry Cantrell, co-lead vocals on "Down in a Hole", "Angry Chair" and "Would?", backing vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar on "Down In a Hole"
Mike Starr, bass
Sean Kinney, drums
Additional musician:
Tom Araya, vocals on "Iron Gland"

Produced by Dave Jerden, Alice in Chains

Digitally remastered



Alice in Chains
(often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.

Five years after their original frontman, Layne Staley, died of a drug overdose, Alice in Chains made an unlikely return in 2007. Surviving band members Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, and Sean Kinney recruited frontman William DuVall to join the group, first for some well-received concerts, then to go on tour. Next came a new album, 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue," which got glowing reviews, entered The Billboard 200 at No. 5, and led to more shows with fast-moving tickets. In 2013, the band released their second post-Staley album, this time reaching No. 2 on The Billboard 200. The only AIC album to chart higher was 1995's self-titled set -- the band's last with Staley -- which reached No. 1.

Alice in Chains' dark take on rock emerged from the same late '80s Seattle scene that also spawned fellow grunge acts Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, among others. With Staley at the helm, the band recorded rock radio staples like "Rooster," "Heaven Beside You," "Got Me Wrong," and "Would?" The band has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards -- including two with DuVall on the mic -- but so far haven't won an award.

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