“This is probably the most recent album on my list. I love it because of Jerry Cantrell’s guitar tone – it’s like a big woolly mammoth coming at you. He’s one of those guitarists who can just play a couple of notes, and you know who it is. When I started working with the band, that was one thing I was very particular about capturing, the distinctive sound of Jerry Cantrell’s guitar work.
“Layne Staley was the singer of the band at the time of Dirt, and obviously he was brilliant. He and Jerry worked beautifully together – as singers, too, because Jerry’s voice is very much a part of the band’s sound.
“It’s funny: Alice In Chains don’t get the kind of credit that they deserve. They were actually the biggest Seattle band around before any of the other bands from that city got noticed. Before Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, there was Alice In Chains. They opened doors and influenced a lot of people.”