The great sound of guitar rock with melodic vocals is not nearly as popular today as it used to be on Top-40 radio. Still, this band has rocked on to a beat that they created as their own, and some great tunes have come from this talented group of musicians as a result. Talk of drugs and rumors of all sorts have surrounded much of the career of Alice In Chains, but the music that comes from their work is still great. I can still recall the first time I heard Man in a Box - I was surprised at how much the song grabbed my attention. And since I've also seen them live in concert here in the L.A. area, I couldn't wait to view this disc.
It's been some time since I saw this unplugged performance on TV, but I what I remember the most is how great they sounded with acoustic instruments. This is their performance on MTV Unplugged from 1996. The show originally aired with only 10 songs, all of which are included here (see the full song listing below). But 3 more are also available on this DVD that weren't in the broadcast: Angry Chair, Frogs and The Killer is Me (a nice bonus). This band didn't need to prove much here, but they certainly gave a fantastic performance. And it was not only special to the 400 or so people who witnessed it in person - it became a favorite of many fans out there, who hadn't seen the band play live for over 2 years.
The video quality on this DVD is pretty good. The candles and shadows on stage make for nice low mood lighting, but result in some grain in darker shots here and there, which is surprising given that this is mastered on video. The colors are very full, but clear and without bleed. There is some edge-enhancement visible, along with some typical NTSC artifacts, but I saw very little in the way digital artifacts due to MPEG-2 compression. All in all, I'd say that is much better than VHS quality, but not especially remarkable for video on DVD. The sound, on the other hand, really kicks. The Dolby Digital 5.1 creates a good "live" feeling. This acoustic set really hankers for audio that has a strong live presence, and the ambience in this mix (and the crowd noise added to the rear) made me feel like I was right in the front row. If this was a music video (or some other type of presentation of their talent), then perhaps I would want to hear a more straightforward mix. But here, the live feel is entirely appropriate and works great. A stereo track is also included, in uncompressed PCM 2.0. This also sounds very good, and is a great alternative for those of you who may not have 5.1 systems, or who simply enjoy good old fashioned 2-toned sound. The mix of vocals and instruments was done well throughout each track.
Now, it would be awesome to say that there's a commentary track on this DVD, or something else of supplemental value, but that's unfortunately not the case. There is a timeline, which is sort of a biography of the band, along with a discography of their work, and a weblink. The real bummer about the weblink, is the fact that the official web site also has much of the exact same information from the "timeline" in the biography section (go figure). It would certainly have been interesting if the band had recorded a quick commentary track, or simply done an interview about their music.
Alice in Chains seems to have been a little camera shy over the years, leaving us without much of their work on the video shelves to buy. So for those of us who are fans, this DVD is certainly one to keep. On the other hand, if you just sort-of like the music, then give this disc a spin as a rental.
从很多方面来看,Alice In Chains乐队都是90代一个重要的重金属乐队。 它汲取了后“Van Halen”式重金属的吉他套路和后朋克的阴郁气质,从中发展了一种荒、虚无之,将硬摇滚和原声音乐结构进行了平衡。该乐队风格对金属乐迷而言已足够有力,而黑暗的主题朋克式攻击又将其推向了西雅图Grunge摇滚乐队的前列。 在1993年底,Alice In Chains展开了他们在欧洲的旅程。并在伦敦的录音室中录制了 "Jar of Flies" 这张EP。 于94年初发行。 这张EP,Alice In Chains尝试加入一些新乐器来改变风格, 如口琴、曼陀罗琴等乐器,给乐迷一个全新的感受, 也凸显出Alice In Chains的成长。它刚一推出便打上 榜首,创造了EP占领榜首的纪录。该EP证明了乐队对安静之声的喜好,而Cantrell也成了西雅图的吉他英雄。 Alice In Chains除了专辑之外, 他们另外在电影 "Singles" 中献唱主题曲还有阿诺的大烂片 "Last Action Hero" Soundtrack中贡献了两首曲子 "What The Hell Have I"、和“A Little Bitter"。其实, Alice In Chains能如此吸引人,多半是靠Layne那沙哑的嗓音和阴郁的气质, 加上Jerry诡异的吉他风格和无穷的创作力, Bass手Michael、鼓手Saen适度的配合,词曲融入了喜乐、悲伤、 苦闷、失望....等情绪, 使得 Alice In Chains能够在众多的西雅图乐团中独树一格。
73 mins, NR, full frame (1.33:1), single-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, band discography & timeline, weblink, program-themed menus, song access (13 songs - 14 chapters), languages: English (DD 5.1 & PCM 2.0)subtitles: none
Down in a Hole
Got Me Wrong
Heaven Beside You
Killer Is Me