Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains
Name Jar of Flies
Album Type EP
Genres Grunge[1][2][3][4], Acoustic Rock[5], Alternative Rock[6][7], Alternative Metal [8], Hard Rock[9]
Release Date

January 25, 1994

Recorded Date and Place September 7–14, 1993; at London Bridge, in Seattle, WA mixed on September 17–22, 1993; at Scream, in Studio City, CA
Label Columbia
Label ID CK 57628
Producer Alice in Chains
Length 30:49
Preceded By Dirt
Followed By Alice in Chains

Jar of Flies is the third studio EP by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on January 25, 1994, through Columbia Records. This is Alice in Chains' second acoustic EP, preceded by 1992's Sap, and it is the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the first week sales exceeding 141,000 copies in the United States. The EP was well received by critics and has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA, selling 4 million copies worldwide, making Jar of Flies one of the band's most successful releases. The tracks "No Excuses", "I Stay Away" and "Don't Follow" were released as singles to promote the album. Jar of Flies was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1995; Best Recording Package and Best Hard Rock Performance for "I Stay Away".

In Japan, the EP is titled "Another Side of Alice" (アナザー・サイド・オブ・アリス).

Music and Lyrics Edit

Jar of Flies well demonstrates Alice in Chains' broad musical scope and features a variety of predominantly acoustic songs ranging from dark, depressed passages like "Rotten Apple" and "Nutshell" to the more upbeat anthems like "No Excuses". It also boasts various instrumentation not otherwise common in the Alice in Chains catalog; the opening track, "Rotten Apple", features a talk box effect, and "Don't Follow" includes both harmonica and soul-driven vocals. However, Cantrell's signature electric guitar style still plays a prominent role in correspondence with the acoustic rhythms. "Whale & Wasp" also offers another Alice in Chains rarity in its purely instrumental nature, as does the blues/country-inspired "Swing on This", the closing track of the album.

Tracklist Edit

No. Name Lyrics Music Length
1. "Rotten Apple" Layne Staley Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez 6:58
2. "Nutshell" Staley Cantrell, Inez, Sean Kinney 4:19
3. "I Stay Away" Staley Cantrell, Inez 4:14
4. "No Excuses" Cantrell Cantrell 4:15
5. "Whale & Wasp" Cantrell 2:37
6. "Don't Follow" Cantrell Cantrell 4:22
7. "Swing on This" Staley Cantrell, Inez, Kinney 4:04

Personnel Edit

Alice in Chains Edit

  • Layne Staley – lead vocals
  • Jerry Cantrell – guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on "No Excuses" and "Don't Follow"
  • Sean Kinney – drums, percussion
  • Mike Inez – bass, additional vocals

Production Edit

  • Produced by Alice in Chains
  • Engineered and mixed by Toby Wright
  • Assisted by Liz Sroka and Jon Plum
  • Art direction by Mary Maurer
  • Photography by Rocky Schenck
  • Band photography by Pete Cronin
  • Electron Microscope photography by Alicia K. Thompson
  • Management by Susan Silver

Additional Musicians Edit

  • April Acevez – viola
  • Rebecca Clemons-Smith – violin
  • Matthew Weiss – violin
  • Justine Foy – violoncello
  • David Atkinson – harmonica
  • Randy Biro – additional vocals
  • Darrel Peters – additional vocals

Sources Edit

  • Wikipedia: [1]

References Edit

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