After allowing my right index finger to hover over the "buy" button for the £75 Nevermind 20th Anniversary box set that includes this film but in DVD format, I decided to indulge in just a little taste. After pre-ordering, the excitement I experienced reminded me of the release of the live Reading festival DVD & CD. Those who purchased either may have like myself been slightly disappointed. Although those I know who attended Reading on that August Sunday back in 92 either became true believers or simply had their faith cemented for the Church of Nirvana, the reproduction quality for Album & DVD was not "quite" there. This was down to Kurt who had started his descent into his suicidal drug abyss. Dave & Krist's performance were as tight as ever but as I was to learn from certain biographies both official and unofficial, they had not rehearsed as a group for at least a month before the reading set. Indeed the show nearly did not go ahead. Throughout the Reading DVD there were moments when you could see the odd flash in Kurt's playing, singing & general body language which seemed (to me) to remind him of what made him fall in love with live music and this is what probably ignited the crowd to create the atmosphere which helped produce a concert which was widely regarded as a high contributing factor to the band's "Seminal" acclaim. And I love every moment of both DVD & CD! I guess after so many years I wanted just a bit too much pleasure from a source that only had so much to give and at the end of the day is simply no longer with us.
Or so I thought?
Nirvana Live At The Paramount whether it be on disc, DVD or Blu-Ray must, I repeat MUST be amongst the collection of any true Nirvana fan. It is brilliant! Furthermore it is the band at their peak! Yes there were plenty more great shows. Yes In Utero was technically better than Nevermind but the demons that would eventually consume Kurt just didn't seem apparent during the paramount gig and Kurt produced a performance more solid than any I had seen from any other live show footage except maybe MTV Unplugged but unlike Unplugged in New York, he was having fun at the same time. Even Teen Spirit was performed at a level that was practically faultless, Kurt's Guitar Solo and all! The faithful will know where I'm coming from with that point, as over the next few years the band HATED playing that track, even to point of becoming slightly arrogant. Like for one show where they had not included it on their set list but could sense that a large section of the audience had come for that track and pretty much nothing else, so they played the famous opening riff and predictably drew the roar from the crowd then cut it off after 5 seconds and moved on to the scheduled next track, and on a few shows where they were told that they had to play it or their fee would get docked, Kurt simply butchered it.
Not here though! The owners of this Disc will get to see & hear Smells Like Teen Spirit an 18 other classics played with pride, shot on 16mm film, played back in Dolby 5:1 , Hi-Def 1080p BLU-RAY!
And for those who do purchase, please leave a review as I feel slightly embarrassed being the first, in that I feel it deserves more than what my humble literary skills can provide.
And last of all, dont forget, White boy funk sucks!!!