- Released: June 29, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 9/2/99, pp.108-103.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...full of high points from their striking previous albums, plus a stray soundtrack appearance amd a pair of live performances..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/9/99, p.79
"...shows how proficient Alice were at fusing rib-cage-rattling riffs with creepy-crawly harmonies to create some entrancingly bleak genre-straddling romps..." - Rating: A-
CMJ - 7/26/99, p.34
"...collects obvious classics and hits alongside nuggets such as an intimate live version of 'Rooster.' The cream of this rich crop...is the handful of previously unreleased tracks..."
- 1.Get Born Again - (previously unreleased)
- 2.We Die Young - (previously unreleased, demo)
- 3.Man In The Box
- 4.Them Bones
- 5.Iron Gland
- 6.Angry Chair
- 7.Down In A Hole
- 8.Rooster - (live)
- 9.Got Me Wrong - (unplugged)
- 10.No Excuses
- 11.I Stay Away
- 12.What The Hell Have I - (from "Last Action Hero")
This is an Enhanced CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Alice In Chains: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Mike Inez (bass); Sean Kinney (drums).
Producers: Dave Jerden, Toby Wright, Rick Parasher, Alice In Chains.
Engineers include: Bryan Carlstrom, Toby Wright, Tom Nellen.
"Get Born Again" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Audio Mixers: Dave Jerden; Andy Wallace; Toby Wright.
Recording information: 04/16/1993-10/??/1998.
Photographers: Rocky Schenck; Chris McCann ; Marty Temme; Danny Clinch.
Acting as a precursor to the box set MUSIC BANK, NOTHING SAFE: THE BEST OF THE BOX gives listeners a glimpse into the 12-year career of one of the forefathers of the Seattle sound. The previously unreleased studio track, "Get Born Again" shows that Alice in Chains are firmly grounded in their haunting minor-key vocal harmonies, memorable hooks, and larger-than-life guitar sound. NOTHING SAFE includes some shining moments from all the band's previous releases. An emotionally-charged version of "Rooster" shows off the band's live prowess, while "What the Hell Have I" enchants with its marriage of Indian-flavored guitar and sitar contrasted against distorted vocals and tasteful percussion. On the brink of a new millennium of shifting musical tastes and trends, Alice in Chains keeps something safe: its distinctive sound and vision.