A 15-song sampler of material from the upcoming Alice in Chains box set will be released June 29.
Nothing Safe -- The Best of the Box will feature "Get Born Again," one of the two new songs recorded last year for the box. That song will be released to radio June 1, according to a Columbia Records press release.
Like the box set, which is slated for a fall release, the sampler will feature material from early in the band's career. "It's going to have a bunch of stuff they cut when they were trying to get signed," Jen Kern, a spokesperson for the group's management, said.
The sampler will include a 1989 demo of "We Die Young," along with a smattering of Alice in Chains' greatest hits. The track list includes such career-making songs as "Man in the Box"
(RealAudio excerpt), "Them Bones," "Angry Chair," a live version of "Rooster," "Got Me Wrong" (from MTV's "Unplugged"), "No Excuses," "I Stay Away," "Grind," "Again" and "Would?"
Also on the sampler will be "Iron Gland," "Down in a Hole" and "What the Hell Have I" (from the Last Action Hero soundtrack).
In October, the group -- guitarist Jerry Cantrell, singer Layne Staley, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney -- tracked "Get Born Again" and one other song, their first recordings together in more than three years. "Get Born Again" was co-produced by Toby Wright and Dave Jerden, who between them have produced the band's four studio albums.
The box set, tentatively titled Music Bank after a Seattle rehearsal studio the band used early in its career, will feature more than 40 songs, including B-sides, demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased live material, according to Kern and Columbia Records.
In 1997 Columbia promoted the box set in the trade magazine Billboard under the tentative title Men in a Box, a reference to the multiplatinum group's 1990 Grammy-nominated hit, "Man in the Box." But Alice in Chains' handlers quickly quashed speculation about the set, saying the ad was premature.
Fans have been left in limbo waiting for new music from the band, which hasn't released an album since Alice in Chains (1995).
There are no plans for the group to work on a new album, Kern said. The band has no plans to play live either, manager Susan Silver said in late 1998. Alice in Chains last appeared onstage during a four-date opening run for the pop-metal band Kiss in 1996.
Kern said Cantrell is already starting rehearsals for his second solo album. His 1998 debut, Boggy Depot, contained such hard rocking songs as "Break My Back."