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"Again" is a song by American rock band Alice in Chains and the third single and sixth track from their self-titled 1995 album. It peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[4] and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1997.[5] The song was included on the compilation albums Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999), Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006). A remixed version of the song was included on the box set Music Bank (1999).

"Again"
Alice in chains again.png
Single by Alice in Chains
from the album Alice in Chains
ReleasedFebruary 1996[1]
FormatCD[2]
RecordedApril – August 1995 at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington
Genre
Length4:05
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Lyrics: Layne Staley
Music: Jerry Cantrell
Producer(s)
Alice in Chains singles chronology
"Heaven Beside You"
(1996)
"Again"
(1996)
"Over Now"
(1996)
Music video
"Again" on YouTube

Contents

Release and receptionEdit

"Again" made its radio debut in February 1996,[1] and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the week of July 6, 1996.[4] It also peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[6]

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1997.[5]

In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, guitarist Jerry Cantrell said of the song:

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Again" was released in March 1996,[8] and was directed by George Vale.[9]

The music video was nominated for Best Hard Rock Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.[10]

The video is available on the home video release Music Bank: The Videos, and is the final Alice in Chains music video that Layne Staley filmed with the band (future videos featured only archived footage of the singer).

Live performancesEdit

"Again" has been known to be performed with vocalist Layne Staley five times. They performed the song for the first on the TV show Saturday Night Special on April 20, 1996,[11] and also for their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 10, 1996.[12] The song was also performed during three of the four concerts that Alice in Chains opened for the reunited Kiss in late June and early July 1996.[13]

A live performance of "Again" can be found on the live album Live (2000).[14]

Since reuniting with new vocalist William Duvall in 2006, "Again" has become a regular part of the band's setlist.[13]

Track VersionsEdit

  1. "Again" (LP version) (4:05) on Alice in Chains
  2. "Again" (Trip Hop Mix) (4:38) on EP Japan release SRCS 8248
  3. "Again" (Tattoo of Pain Mix) (4:03) on Alice in Chains, Japan release SRCS 8192, also on the UK 2-track promo CD release SAMPCD3327
  4. "Again" (Jungle Mix) (4:08) on Alice in Chains, Japan release SRCS 8192, (Club Mix) on the UK 2-track promo CD release SAMPCD3327

PersonnelEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[15] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Active Rock Playlists" (PDF). Radio & Records Magazine. February 16, 1996. p. 82.
  2. ^ "Alice In Chains – Again". Discogs. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Again - Alice in Chains". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Alice in Chains "Again" Chart History – Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "39th Grammy Awards – 1997". Rockonthenet.com. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2007.
  6. ^ "Alice in Chains "Again" Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Liner notes, Music Bank box set. 1999.
  8. ^ "Billboard Video Monitor". Billboard. April 13, 1996. p. 91. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alice in Chains - "Again"". mvdbase.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "1996 MTV Video Music Awards". Rockonthenet.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2007.
  11. ^ "Alice in Chains Concert Setlist at Saturday Night Special, Los Angeles on April 20, 1996". setlist.fm. Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Alice in Chains Concert Setlist at Late Show With David Letterman, New York on May 10, 1996". setlist.fm. Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Again by Alice in Chains". Setlist.fm. Archived from the original on January 24, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Alice In Chains – Live". Discogs. Archived from the original on November 27, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Alice in Chains Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2016.

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