Four classics recorded at Seattle’s Studio X, aka Bad Animal
desire walks on (1993)
The band who gave Bad Animal its name (from their 1987 album), this was the final heart record to feature longtime member howard leese. While not the band’s best effort, it did feature layne Staley on guest vocals for heart’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells.
The fourth Soundgarden album, and one that sent them straight to the big time, crashing straight into the top of the US Top 200 and leading to two Grammy wins. Packing the huge anthems Spoonman, Black
Hole Sun and Fell On Black Days, Superunknown typifies the
Alice in Chains
alice in chains (1995)
Also known as ‘The Dog Album’, this was Alice In Chains’ final studio record with layne Staley, and incorporates a much doomier, downtrodden vibe. There’s a palpable sadness in the songs that can only come from something raw and real happening to a group of friends.
Described at the time as an experimental album, Vitalogy saw Pearl Jam eschew their grunge-y roots for hard rock ballads like Immortality and offbeat turns like Bugs. It also includes the arena-sized fan favourites Nothingman and Corduroy, just in case you forgot how great Pearl Jam are.