Alice In Chains ‎– Jar Of Flies

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Columbia ‎– CK 57628, Columbia ‎– 57628
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CD, EP
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1 Rotten Apple
Lyrics By – Staley*Music By – Cantrell*, Inez*
6:56
2 Nutshell
Lyrics By – Staley*Music By – Cantrell*, Inez*, Kinney*
4:16
3 I Stay Away
Lyrics By – Staley*Music By – Cantrell*, Inez*
4:13
4 No Excuses
Lyrics By, Music By – Cantrell*
4:15
5 Whale & Wasp
Music By – Cantrell*
2:35
6 Don't Follow
Lyrics By, Music By – Cantrell*
4:21
7 Swing On This
Lyrics By – Staley*Music By – Cantrell*, Inez*, Kinney*
4:01

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Released in a standard transparent jewelbox with a 10 pages foldout booklet with lyrics.
Some copies include a promotional sticker on the jewelcase listing the band name, EP name, and select song titles.
Some copies of the initial pressing were packaged with four plastic flies in the clear spine of jewel case.
Copies with the flies were randomly inserted among the standard commercial release that was found in record stores on the day of release, and there is absolutely no physical difference in the packaging or the disc, other than the presence of the flies.

Track 1: © 1993 Jack Lord Music/Buttnuggett Publishing/Michael Inez Music (ASCAP)
Tracks 2, 7: © 1993 Jack Lord Music/Michael Inez Music/Buttnuggett Publishing/Lungclam Music (ASCAP)
Track 3: © 1993 Jack Lord Music/Michael Inez Music/Buttnuggett Publishing (ASCAP)
Tracks 4, 5, 6: © 1993 Buttnuggett Publishing (ASCAP)

Written & Recorded at London Bridge Studio, Seattle, September 7, 1993 - September 14, 1993.
Mixed at Scream Studio September 17, 1993 - September 22, 1993.
Mastered at Precision Mastering

[Tray Card]
CK 57628 [Spine]
© 1993, 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. / ℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. / Manufactured by Columbia Records.

[Disc Face]
CK 57628 © 1993, 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. / ℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

[Booklet]
57628 [Back Page & Last Page]
© 1993, 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. / ℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Manufactured by Columbia Records.

© 1993, 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-57628-2 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074645762821
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 1A CK57628 04 C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 1A CK57628 06 C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 1A CK57628 17 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 1A CK57628 02 C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 1A CK57628 15 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): 1A CK57628 16 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7): 1A CK57628 09 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8): 1A CK57628 07 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 9): 1A CK57628 08 C3

Other Versions (5 of 45) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
474855 2, COL 474855 2 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(CD, EP, RP) Columbia, Columbia 474855 2, COL 474855 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
474855 2, COL 474855 2, 01-474855-10 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(CD, MiniAlbum, EP) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 474855 2, COL 474855 2, 01-474855-10 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
COL 474855 4, MJM 213 M Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(Cass, EP) Columbia, MJM Music PL COL 474855 4, MJM 213 M Poland 1994 Sell This Version
CCEPK 57623 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(CD, EP, Club) Columbia CCEPK 57623 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CKR 68085 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(CD, EP, Enh + CD-ROM) Columbia CKR 68085 US 1994 Sell This Version

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RevengeOfPluto

RevengeOfPluto

January 30, 2019

One of the more impressing highlights of the Grunge era, Alice in Chains were always an independent band in the wake of Nirvanamania. Although they would eventually befall the cell death every band in the genre suffered in quality after 1995, Jar of Flies is an excellent moment in their career. This EP is a distinct set of slower, more heart wrenching songs in comparison to other contemporary grunge works. In my opinion, it is a must have in grunge music and an excellent and unique piece of music from the period.
badhack

badhack

March 21, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
This EP is seven rich, complex and provoking tracks and it's hard to believe that it was recorded in under a week. I always thought the album showed maturity and confidence in the band, to attempt something so ambitious and to create something so wonderful and successful in the process. Like their other albums it's very personal, often dealing with addiction, but at the same time I feel like I can relate.
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December 13, 2010
it took me a long time to really understand what happened on this record, why i consider it the first strong alice in chains record and why so many people disagree so strongly. i think the answer is simple: there was a change in producers on this record.

before this record, everything was handled by dave jerden, who is also known for his work with jane's addiction. indeed, early alice in chains does seem to belong to the era of jane's addiction and the red hot chili peppers and not to the era of grunge, as much of a mindfuck as that thought may be at first. would i deny that dirt is a grunge record? absolutely! before this record, alice in chains were a metal band, in fact an 80s metal band. the first record sounds like a cross between extreme and jane's addiction, the second record did nothing more than take that general sound and added a dash of soundgarden to the mix. this, i believe, is the reason that alice in chains were so successful: fundamentally, they were 80s hair metal, produced by an 80s underground heavy rock icon.

this record changed that. out went jerden and in came toby wright. this immediately had two outcomes: (1) it fattened out the sound, (2) it killed the 80s rock production techniques that jerden was still hauling around with him. all butch vig really did was bring an understanding of newer technology to the table, and that seems to be what toby wright has done as well. this record sounds better than anything they did previously because it was the first record that was recorded by somebody who knew what they were doing.

as for this record itself, it's representative of their acoustic side, certainly the best thing they did along these lines, and the most important. the fact is that this record is the record that created all of the acoustic rock ballads that saturated the airwaves for the next ten years. if you hate creed then blame this record. but don't hate the record because it's a great record...
Alastis

Alastis

March 24, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Somehow this EP captured what none of full albums by AiC could - all of their energy and power actually. Part of the reason might be the fact that was recorded in just a few days, as opposed to studio albums. Whatever the reason, most of the stuff here hits proverbial nail on the head. Melancholic tracks like "Rotten Apple", groovy rock numbers like "I Stay Away" (complete with somewhat odd video) and weirdly uplifting (for AiC anyway) song "No Excuses." All of those demonstrated that AiC took the step in the right direction, but unfortunately, due to Layne's addiction it was bound to fall apart right after their next and ultimately the final self-titled record.