Alice In Chains – Jar Of Flies

In 1992, following the tour for Facelift, AiC recorded an EP called Sap. Keeping to the pattern, following the tour for Dirt, AiC recorded this EP and it sounds fantastic. It’s more acoustic yet still has lots of great electric guitar on it. And the bass sound! Oh man. This whole thing has a helluva groove. If you want proof of a band at the peak of its powers, this period was just incredible.

Jar Of Flies also sold like hotcakes (it was the first EP in music history to debut at #1 on Billboard 200, and was AiC’s biggest selling release), which is  all very remarkable for an effort not even intended for release. According to Wiki, the band had come home from tour to find themselves evicted, so they went into the studio to play a bit, just to see what would happen. The label heard it, loved it and away it went.

Also remarkable is that 3 of these 7 songs saw release as singles. From an EP! Yes, that’s how good this release is. You’ll surely remember No Excuses, I Stay Away, and Don’t Follow. Well the other tracks here, Rotten Apple, Nutshell, Whale & Wasp, and Swing On This, were all equally deserving.

If you don’t own this, I can’t recommend it enough that you go get it (and Dirt).


Posted on November 24, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good point about the 3 singles from 1 EP! I hadn’t thought of that.

    Dig this. I read that Alice wrote and recorded this thing almost from scratch, in 8 days. “Whale and Wasp” is an older song that Jerry wrote as a kid.


  2. I think this is probably my favourite AIC release. I Stay Away and No Excuses are my two favourite tunes of theirs certainly.


  3. Another essential AiC release. Some really outstanding songs on here …


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