Vinyl Blog #9. Alice In Chains -Jar Of Flies
Here is my vinyl copy of Alice In Chains, Jar Of Flies EP. It was originally purchased the week of release in January of 1994. Also included with this package, is the bands other EP, 1992's Sap on an additional record- the empty B side etched with the bands logo. These are completely legendary recordings as we now know, and Im glad that I kept it for all of these years.
It really is hard to believe that the music recorded for the Jar Of Flies sessions was never meant to be publicly released by the band. At the time, the band had no songs written prior to entering the studio. They just had a desire to enter London Bridge Studio in Seattle and start writing with no expectations. Layne Staley elaborated when interviewed by Hit Parader Magazine : “We had just gotten off the road where we had traveled something like 50,000 miles, and played ear-blasting music every night. We just wanted to go into the studio for a few days with our acoustic guitars and see what happened. We never really planned on the music we made at the time to be released.”
Jar Of Flies became the first EP to ever reach number one on the Billboard Charts. It would eventually go on to sell over three million copies worldwide. How sad would that have been if it had never been released? In my opinion, this piece of music is among the band's best work. The EP is simply striking in terms of vibe. It certainly has a mood that is universal from song to song, and always takes me back to that time. Its kind of crazy how music can act as a memory time machine. I have family in Washington State, and visited Seattle in 1995. Needless to say, due to the success of this record, these songs were all over mainstream radio at that time. Jar Of Flies screams Seattle to me. Moody, dark and beautiful. Thats how I remember it. This is tremendous and legendary music. Now and forever.