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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • ASIN: B002NXSTS2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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NIRVANA Bleach (2009 issue UK Deluxe Limited 20th Anniversary Edition 25-track CD album - Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattles Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989 Bleach wasreleased in June of 89 and remains unequivocally / unsurprisingly Sub Pops very favourite Nirvana full-length. This 20th anniversary edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producerJack Endino and is expanded with an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland Oregon. The show features performances of Love Buzz About A Girl and a cover of The Vaselines song Mollys Lips and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino. Presented in deluxe fold-out packaging complete with a 48-page picture booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public)

BBC Review

With its title derived from a poster advising heroin users to bleach their needles before use, it’s easy to look back at Nirvana’s debut album of 1989 – famously recorded for just $606 – and conclude that all the warning signs were there. Collapse was inevitable, disaster just over the horizon. But then you listen to the record and fall in love, again, with a collection of scrappy, scratchy songs that comprised the foundation for one of the best rock albums of all time.

That bona-fide classic is Nevermind, of course – Nirvana’s 1991 release elevated the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic (Chris at the time) and Dave Grohl to superstar status, aided in no small way by the runaway success of Smells Like Teen Spirit and the reach of MTV. But Bleach is an angrier, fidgety affair; it’s the sound of a hungry band putting all they’ve got into sessions they couldn’t afford to repeat. As such, compared to its successor it’s a rough-edged listen, and the actual songwriting on show is at a developing stage, a lack of sing-along choruses limiting its mainstream reach. But the promise that sweats out from the cracks between songs, between the fractured riffs and guttural screams of Paper Cuts, the frenetic flailing of Swap Meet and the affectingly understated ardour of About a Girl, is incredible.

Cobain told Spin magazine, four years after Bleach’s release, that many of its lyrics were throwaway, often written hours before recording. He had a point – there’s not a great deal that’s especially memorable – but the way Cobain delivers his syllables is perfectly indicative of how he must’ve felt at the time: disenchanted and disenfranchised, ostracised and alone. Finding love, and seeing his band rise through the ranks, would lead to a different-sounding Nirvana on their next album, but here there’s a real sense that the writing comes from the darkest pit at the bottom of an acid-ravaged stomach. And this was before the heroin really took hold.

Though a historically significant recording given what followed it, Bleach is the least-essential of Nirvana’s three studio albums. What makes this deluxe reissue worth the money, though, is the inclusion of a live set from 1990. Previously unreleased, the band’s set at the Pine Street Theatre, Portland is an arresting listen, featuring pre-Bleach numbers Sappy and Spank Thru. Turn it up loud and lose yourself in the ferment. --Mike Diver

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Okay, So all us Nirvana fans already own bleach-So it may seem a little pointless to buy the deluxe edition right? BUT If you really do love nirvana then this really is a must have.
Complete with 15 tracks Live at Pine Street Theatre, Giving fans another look into why Nirvana took the world and turned it upside down.
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Well first things first Bleach the studio album is still as amazing as it was 20 years ago. Its a great debut album. Some of Nirvana's best songs are on this album: Blew, About a Girl, Love Buzz, Negative Creep and Downer. All of these songs are just as good as anything they recorded later on in their career. In fact Nirvana's early songs are more complex than the more simple pop songs that came later on their second album Nevermind, which gave them world-wide success. That said all of the previously mentioned songs on Bleach are really catchy too. Bleach really has some attitude to it, punk + metal = grunge, whatever you want to call it. It rocks. Now that was the good part, lets move on to the live show that was included in this deluxe 20th anniversary edition. I have heard countless recordings of live Nirvana shows from this era and most of them are really good but it seems the one that has been used for this album is sub standard. It is just not a good show and I think it was a bad choice when there are loads of better live shows from the Bleach tour that could have been used instead.
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Bleach and InUtero are my favourites Nirvana realises.
This 20th anniversary edition sounds exactly the same of the old version but there are a nice live on Portland (11 tracks) and a raw nice version of SAPPY.
The digipack is really cool and nice, full of pictures(around 50pages) but THERE ARE NO LYRICS. The good thing is that the album is out through SUB POP and not through GEFFEN.
About the album I can say that here are layers of feedback and distortion, the pop inspired undertone, the fuzzy, choppy, noisy distorted guitar and screaming vocals. Its detuned pop punk garage noise heavy hard rock metal. This is a mixture of 70`80 rock music.. in it you can find Flipper, Melvins, Kiss, Black Flag, Red Kross, Cheap Trick, The Replacements, Anvil, Motorhead, AC/DC, Butthole Surfers, Zero Boys, Alice Cooper, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath.

I bought this album for 7pound and I think Is a good deal.
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I never review things on Amazon, but I have to say that this album is really worth discussing and praising.

In my mind, Nirvana's "Bleach", their debut album is an absolute milestone in grunge music. Although many Nirvana fans believe that the Nevermind's sheen and polish is what makes their music so timeless, Bleach (and later In Utero) would prove this theory incorrect. I only got into them properly around six months ago - and although Nevermind was amazing, I always felt more drawn towards the more abrasive, natural sound of In Utero. After properly "consuming" both albums, I decided to buy Insecticide (as I heard it was sort of like a Bleach starter course) and enjoyed it, however I felt like the record missed the consistency and decent song rotation. Bleach fills in all of those gaps and also manages to slide somewhere in-between the poppy songwriting of Nevermind and loud, noisy production of In Utero (albeit on a much lower budget - $600, in fact).

Full of sludgy riffs, Cobain screams and downtuned guitars, this really is a grunge record through-and-through - with strong hints of pop music coming through on songs like "About a Girl" (inspired after a long listening session of Meet the Beatles) and their cover of "Love Buzz" (you will NEVER be able to get that bassline out of your head!). Although it wasn't defined as "grunge" at the time, this album really helped to pioneer the genre and to bring more attention to other artists on the Sub Pop imprint a the time. With most of the record done on a one-take basis you can't help but think that the songwriting has had tons of effort put into it, with the exception of the lyrics as Cobain confessed.
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Having previously owned Nevermind and In Utero, i was somewhat of the assumption (never never assume :)) that, asides About A Girl, their first album would be a bit of a mishmash of early experiments and feedback. I was wrong. The songs on the album are strong riff-based compositions, with more of a leaning to what would later appear on their beautifully murky third album. It takes a few listens to separate out the tracks, as there is a hard-nosed consistency to them all, but it is an album i've played over and over. On top of this, the live recordings are surprisingly high quality (was not expecting this from an early Nirvana gig) and full of biting energy.

Track 'School' has the typical Nirvana chorus repeat line, as does Sifting, which has shades of Metallica as well as grunge. Negative Creep refuses to have a soft edge. Bits of lyric and musical interludes make me smile, like on Floyd The Barber and Big Cheese. But it's not really an album to pick out individual tracks as the songwriting is tough and lean throughout. I love the opening section to live song Spank Thru - a gig that also includes shimmering versions of Sappy and About A Girl.

Bleach is brilliant - it's never going to be the masterpiece of Nevermind, but perhaps offers a stronger hint at what Nirvana were really about.
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