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Nirvana were formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. ... Read more in Amazon's Nirvana Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B0057GYOA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come As You Are
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Polly
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. In Bloom (Smart Studios previously unreleased)
2. Immodium (aka Breed Smart Studios previously unreleased)
3. Lithium (Smart Studios previously unreleased)
4. Polly (Smart Studios previously unreleased mix)
5. Pay To Play (Smart Studios)
6. Here She Comes Now (Smart Studios)
7. Dive (Smart Studios previously unreleased)
8. Sappy (Smart Studios previously unreleased)
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS)
10. Verse Chorus Verse (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased)
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Product Description

Product Description

The 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind sees a full spectrum re-release worthy of such a pivotal classic.

The original album has been remastered along with the accompanying studio and live B-sides. The bonus material includes dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities and live recordings, plus a 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre in its entirety.

BBC Review

With 30 million copies sold worldwide since its original release on 24 September 1991, Nevermind is as much a part of the classic rock canon as anything by the Stones or The Beatles, Dylan or The Clash. But then, you know that. It's been in the uppermost reaches of any best-albums-ever list for as long as this writer can remember; its legacy, its influence, is undeniable. And what its unexpected success - a then-optimistic label estimate of selling 250,000 copies was blown out of the water - meant for primary songwriter Kurt Cobain has been well-documented. The frontman had a troubled relationship with fame: on the one hand he'd been desperate for it, but on the other he missed his anonymity desperately. And we all know what happened in April 1994, leading to the end of Nirvana after just three studio LPs and less than six years as a record-releasing force.

Given the album's standing in the rock firmament, it's only right that its 20th anniversary is marked with a lavish repackaging, and sure enough a four-CD-and-one-DVD set has been assembled. Also available is a smaller, double-disc release, featuring the original album (plus a spread of B sides from its singles, and live versions of non-Nevermind tracks Sliver, Been a Son and School) alongside a collection of cuts from the band's Smart Sessions - when Chad Channing was still their drummer - and a number of ear-piercing rehearsal takes taped directly onto a boombox. This 'Demos and Sessions' disc is also part of the larger package.

The Smart Sessions are of particular interest - it was these recordings, made in Wisconsin with Nevermind producer Butch Vig at the desk, which attracted the attention of DGC, a label with the financial power to buy the band out of its Sub Pop contract. Encouraged by Sonic Youth, the label did so and the rest (as they say) is history. Channing's drumming on the takes isn't up to the standard Dave Grohl would later exhibit - but it's not so bad that the band would have suffered for his continued employment. One wonders how far Cobain and bandmate Krist Novoselic had to distance themselves from the drummer before he got the message. Non-LP tracks are here, too, with previously unreleased recordings of Sappy and Breed when it was still titled Immodium (sic) included. The boombox versions will be familiar to anyone who owns the With the Lights Out boxset of 2004 - awful on the ears, they're guides for the band foremost, and a nuisance for anyone else with a respect of fidelity. Whatever's lower than lo-fi, it never stoops further than this.

A full live set fills one of the remaining discs, recorded live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle for Halloween 1992. This also makes up the DVD (certain clips were taken from the performance for the band's 1994 video, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), along with the iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit music video and those for the rest of Nevermind's singles. And the final CD is home to perhaps the most fascinating tracks: 'Devonshire Mixes' of Nevermind, running in the order of the final album, albeit without Polly and Endless Nameless. Butch Vig put these together as the album was coming together, so they're as much his vision as the band's - which, to fans, will be welcomed after Andy Wallace's heavy-handed mixing of Nevermind wiped clean some of its rawness. Cobain famously called the end product, despite his choosing of Wallace for the job, "closer to a M�tley Cr�e record than a punk record".

Wallace would be vindicated by sales figures, of course. And Cobain and company would, for a while, be the biggest band in the world, as Nevermind conquered the Billboard Chart and then the hearts and minds of teenagers (and those who were still young enough at heart) worldwide. That it all came crumbling apart is, of course, a crying shame; but in these songs there are hopes and dreams, fire and desire. Cobain might have been portayed as a woe-is-me type; but many of his songs here are as bright as any successful pop record of the past 40 years. His pop-loving child inside ensured that the hard-edged punk-rocker he'd grown into never lost sight of a catchy melody or a winning hook, and it's because of this, and Wallace's gloss, that Nirvana made it. But, should you be keen to pick your way through the evolutionary process of one of rock's greatest ever long-players, hearing every fuzzy demo and work-in-progress chorus, now you've the chance like never before.

--Mike Diver

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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142 of 146 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on 27 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Deluxe", "Remastered"! That sounds good! Yes?

Well, no.

The simple fact is that the mastering on the original version of Nevermind was excellent. Howie Weinberg was tasked with making the original sound as good as he possibly could. And the result was a clear, lively, dynamic and very punchy record indeed!

Then this came along. Unfortunately, the music industry no longer cares in any way about quality - really, they don't! So for this supposedly "Deluxe" version, they simply asked the mastering engineer to forget all about sound quality and just make the album sound artificially loud. And he's done that! All of the dynamics are gone, clear passages are replaced with digital distortion, the drums sound flatter and the whole album has a flat, lifeless and fatiguing sound to it.

And there we have it. A "Deluxe" version of this album which sounds 10 times worse than the original.

Sure the bonus tracks are a nice addition, but they aren't anything which hasn't been floating around on bootlegs for the last 15+ years. So, my advice is to keep hold of your superior "original" copy - A good memorial for those times when the music industry used to care about the quality of the stuff they release. Don't touch this shoddy re-release with a barge pole!

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As a quick update to this for all those who are curious about the sheer number of positive reviews here (or why I seem to have reviewed it twice), Amazon have pulled all the reviews from the original album, the "remastered" album and the "deluxe" album (remastered plus bonus material) all together into one group. Hence these reviews here also now cover the original release as well. Personally, I'd give the original 5 stars as well. It's this shoddy "remaster" that only deserves 2. If you haven't heard this album yet, track down a copy of the original. You won't regret it!
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Let me get one thing straight: Nevermind is a fantastic and incredibly influential album. However with this version, there's one major problem.

The simple fact is that the mastering on the original version of Nevermind was excellent. Howie Weinberg was tasked with making the original sound as good as he possibly could. And the result was a clear, lively, dynamic and very punchy record indeed!

Then this came along. Unfortunately, the music industry no longer cares in any way about quality - really, they don't! So for this supposedly "Remastered" version, they simply asked the mastering engineer to forget all about sound quality and just make the album sound artificially loud. And he's done that! All of the dynamics are gone, clear passages are replaced with digital distortion, the drums sound flatter and the whole sound has a flat, lifeless and fatiguing sound to it.

And there we have it. A "Remastered" version of this album which sounds 10 times worse than the original.

So, my advice is to keep hold of your superior "original" copy - A good memorial for those times when the music industry used to care about the quality of the stuff they release. Don't touch this shoddy re-release with a barge pole, the quality of it is rubbish!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you don't already have this album in your CD collection, I suggest that you purchase it now, because it's an absolute must-have.
It may be over a decade since the band was abruptly halted by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain's suicide, and yet this is still one of those albums that keeps selling and keeps selling.
Thousands of teens every year get their first taste of Nirvana. More addictive than any narcotic, and there's no horrible come-down. You can just keep listening and keep listening, and the high just gets better and better.
Smells Like Teen Spirit is the band's most famous song, without a doubt. The raw guitar into, the moment where the drums cascade into action and the fuzz peddle is pushed hard to the floor...it's the soundtrack to so many great experiences.
Come As You Are is arguably one of the best songs they ever recorded. With Krist's watery bass into, and the infectious yet simple vocal arragement is truly magic.
But skip straight to number four if you want something to headbang, jump around, scream your lungs out to! Breed is the epitome of all things loud and amazing.
Then Drain You, Lounge Act and On A Plain are the best of the rest, although it broke my heart to have to choose my favourites. This whole album is astoundingly good, and you should buy it immediately, and play it as loud as your stereo will allow you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. A. A. Bravin on 5 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Terrible...just terrible..
What has happened to quality? This is a pile of garbage, loud and flat
They have already destroyed Jesus Lizards Goat with their so called superior mastering..
Keep hold to your original copies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Captain Clawfoot on 18 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
All through time there have been bands that have influenced certain groups of people so much that they become voices of a generation. Nirvana is one of these bands. There is no point in any of you old rockers out there trying to deny it. Nirvana didn't do anything new, but what they did do was done in such a way that they made a whole generation of bored teenagers want to start a band and do it for themselves. For Nirvana, it was all about the timing. If i heard Nevermind now i would think "Yup, that is pretty heavy, but at the same time, pretty cool" but when i heard it when i was 14 years old i just thought "That is the most amazing, cool, angry, fingers up to society thing i have ever heard". It was like hearing my mums Beatles records being played with attitude, and this was something i could totally identify with at the time. The first song i ever heard was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and i only heard the chorus first time. It blew me away so i went out and bought the single. Back in these days, buying a single or album was the most exciting thing in the world because you just couldn't wait to hear what you had just bought. I remember rushing home and putting single on. What i heard truly blew me away and i had to play it again about 10 times to take it all in. It was the verses i couldn't understand. I was supposed to be into all things angry and heavy at the time yet i totally loved the quite parts of the song as much as the heavy chorus. For me, and i'll bet for millions of other young teenagers at that time, hearing that one song was enough for me to go and buy every Nirvana record i could find, and every time having that weird sense of anticipation before you could get the record to a record player and finally hear another Nirvana masterpiece.Read more ›
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