ALICE IN CHAINS Announces 30th Anniversary Multi-Format Edition Of “Jar Of Flies”

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Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has announced a multi-format 30th-anniversary reissue of Alice In Chains‘ acclaimed “Jar Of Flies” EP. Released exactly 30 years ago today (January 25, 1994), the EP made history as the first of its format to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of sales.

In addition to a standard black 12″ vinyl release available from all retailers, the band’s official webstore will offer several D2C variants of “Jar Of Flies”, including tri-colored vinyl, cassette, a clear variant with “flies” embedded in the vinyl, and a deluxe box set featuring the EP on tri-colored vinyl, a logo-embossed jar with touch-activated red LED and faux flies, a 60-page hardcover book, and a double-sided poster, all housed in a screen-printed, UV coated shadowbox. Additionally, an exclusive merch capsule collection is available now, featuring limited edition apparel, a poker set, a skate deck in collaboration with Welcome Skateboards, and a “Whale & Wasp” plush toy.

Following an exhausting and transformative tour in support of the group’s sophomore album “Dirt” (1992), “Jar Of Flies” offered the Seattle grunge icons a chance to record music in a more relaxed environment and intimate, acoustic style. For the first time in the studio, singer Layne Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, and drummer Sean Kinney were joined by bassist Mike Inez, who joined Alice In Chains midway through their 1993 tour.

The independently produced EP acted as a spiritual sequel to the group’s last EP “Sap” (1992), which also featured a more acoustic-driven sound. Tracks like “I Stay Away”“No Excuses” and “Don’t Follow” showcased the range of Alice In Chains, further establishing them as one of the most unique and engaging rock bands of the decade.

It garnered the group two Grammy Award nominations for “Best Hard Rock Performance” (“I Stay Away”) and “Best Recording Package”. “Jar Of Flies” made retrospective year-end lists from both Rolling Stone and Guitar World, and in 2022 was certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


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