Alice In Chains ‎– Sap

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Columbia ‎– 44K 74182
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CD, EP
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Tracks 1 to 3 published by Buttnugget Publishing (ASCAP). Track 4 published by Buttnugget Publishing / Jack Lord Music (ASCAP).

Track 5 is a separate track not listed on the release.

Recorded at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, WA. Mastered at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood, CA. © 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9870 - 74182 - 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 098707418228
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored / Variant 1): DIDP-077150 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored / Variant 2): DIDP-077150 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored / Variant 3): DIDP-077150 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored / Variant 4): DIDP-077381 1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
44T 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(Cass, EP) Columbia 44T 74182 US 1992 Sell This Version
CK 67059 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia CK 67059 US 1995 Sell This Version
CK 67059 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia CK 67059 US 1992 Sell This Version
CK 67059, 67059 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP, RE) Columbia, Columbia CK 67059, 67059 US 1995 Sell This Version
44K 74182 Alice In Chains Sap(CD, EP) Columbia 44K 74182 Canada 1992 Sell This Version

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GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

November 28, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

I'm only a casual Alice in Chains fan, but I've heard all of their stuff, and this is my favourite. All their studio albums sound the same to me: the first three, the Jerry Cantrell solo album, and even the comeback from a couple years ago -- all the same churning grunge quasi-metal. Not bad stuff by any means, but there's little variation.

By contrast, this EP (and to a slightly lesser extent, Jar of Flies, which is good, but which I found a little too emotionally heavy) demonstrate a respectable range of songwriting and performance capability. Cantrell's gift for melody is firing on all cylinders here, and the band moves effectively from acoustic, bluesy passages to dynamic rock. The surprising addition of Ann Wilson is just great.

As someone who was not a big fan of the overblown grunge/alternative movement of the early-90s, I think Sap is their finest moment and most enjoyable outing. There were so many lousy bands and records that came out of that time, many of them just following what other bands did. It's nice to look back, weed through the blandness, and come away with a work that stands up 20 years later.