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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 (28 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records / Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000091A5V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Things have never been so swell, I have never felt so well..."

Roll up, roll up. Welcome to Nirvana's Greatest Hits, you know the band that changed the face of modern rock music. All your favourites are here, and there's a new track too ("You Know You're Right"), conveniently placed in pole position.

Their debut Bleach is criminally under-represented, with only "About A Girl" making an appearance.Then we get "Been A Son" and "Sliver" from the interim sessions prior to Nevermind, before coming across most of the first side of that classic album ("Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are", "Lithium" and "In Bloom" all storming songs which remind the listener exactly why Nirvana broke the alt-rock mould).

The next section comprises a selection from Nirvana's swan song, In Utero."Heart Shaped Box", "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Rape Me" are still wonderful, visceral songs, but it's "All Apologies" which really tugs at the heartstrings.We finish up with two numbers from the MTV Unplugged session -covers of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" and Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World".The latter makes for particularly difficult listening in retrospect, with Cobain's tortured voice insisting that "we never lost control".Less than six months later he committed suicide.

Of course, the main reason most Nirvana fans will buy this record is the only new track on the album, "You Know You're Right". While the initial impact of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is almost impossible to eclipse (remember where you were the first time you heard that intro and those chords?), for most aficionados of the Seattle Trio it was a veritable shiver-down-the-spine moment when "You Know You're Right" first came on the radio.A rave from the grave.A poignant reminder of what might have been. An almost unbearable sense of bathos.Listening to a dead man snarling out his last gasp of righteous sarcasm.

Who these barbed lyrics are directed towards is a matter of debate.The fact that the remaining members of Nirvana have been locked in litigation with Cobain's widow regarding the release of a box set of both old and unreleased material for over two years may be neither here nor there. One can only wonder what the notoriously cynical and anti-corporate Kurt would have made of it all.

"I am married...buried...All we are is all we are"

Nuff said.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "jakey_bo" on 1 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had been debating for a while how many stars I should give this. Being one of my favourite and possibly the greatest band of all time, it should get five stars no matter, right? It has all of Nirvana's hits, the inclusion of the long awaited, previously unreleased track 'You Know You're Right', and has a fantastic alternative version of 'Been A Son'. But to call this a greatest hits album would be wrong. I mean, where's 'Love Buzz', 'Oh, The Guilt', and the original 'All Apologies'? And that is why I feel I have to give this four stars.
But don't get me wrong, this is a superb album. I felt let down at first when I heard about this new release, as I had been hoping for many more previously unreleased tracks, and being the big Nirvana fan that I am, I already have most of the songs included. But on first listen I was very pleasantly surprised.
To start the album off is the long awaited 'You Know You're Right'. It was to be the final song Nirvana ever made. It has been floating around the net for a while now, but the sound quality really lets it down when compared to the album version. It's a highly powerful song, and quite a different offering from the band, which needs to be listened to in its best form for greatest effect.
The classic 'About A Girl' has been given the full 're-master' treatment. It sounds so different to the original, I thought it was an alternative version at first! Compare this to the 'Bleach' version and you'll hear the difference.
The alternative version of 'Been A Son' is in my opinion the best version. Compared to the track on 'Incesticide' it has a more relaxed and (strangely) up beat feel about it. There's less energy in Kurts voice, but even at a lower pitch he still sounds great, and the song takes on a whole different feel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that we've all been waiting for. It covers some of Nirvana's greatest songs, all of which are a lesson in perfection. From the haunting melodies of 'All Apologies' played at the Unplugged gig to the anthems that are 'Smells Like Tenn Spirit' and 'Come As You Are'. The loud/soft dynamic utilised in many of Nirvana's songs still holds well- meaning that the tracks are still as playable as they were on the day they were origionaly released.
Not only are Kurt's vocals and riffs memorable, but Krist's, Dave's and Chad's contributions are musical poetry.
Each track charts a time in Nirvana's history, each one offering something different to the audience, but still leaving you begging for more. Each track is a timeless classic- and the two covers from the Unplugged gig ('The Man Who Sold The World' and 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night') are incredible - there is so much emothion obviously poured into them, as with all of the music Nirvana made. You know when you listen to this album that making music was Kurt's life - and that is something he has left us to remember him by.
As for the new track- "You Know You're Right" -I think it is one of, if not the, best track that Nirvana have ever released. The lyrics, loud/soft dynamic, punchy drums and pounding bassline all build up in perfect performance to one of the most touching pieces of music I have ever heard. It gives deep insight into the relationship between Kurt and Courtney at the time- but apart from that, its great to listen to.
I highly reccomend this CD- if you're a Nirvana fan then you will want this to be completist. If you've not got any other albums, this is a good a place to start as any. Do yourself a favour today, treat yourself, buy this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wellwellwell on 9 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Since most of the previous 50 reviews have already said this is not quite a greatest hits album, I suppose I should be number 51. But in my opinion, this CD is a textbook example of Nirvana's resonance and their sound. If Kurt was still alive today, I think this is how he'd want it to be. Kurt was a big fan of Nirvana's earlier work; and subsequently was "ruined" by the success Nevermind brought him. Other reviewers have noted that songs like "About A Girl" and "Been A Son" weren't singles; and thought they didn't deserve to be here. When in fact they were singles, maybe not so much where [you] lived, and need to be here. However, since these are opinionated reviews, I will say I thought "Milk It" should've been included. But that's only because it's my favorite song.
The main reason Nirvana fans bought this CD is for "You Know You're Right". But really, if you only wanted that one new song you could've downloaded it. There have been hundreds of files floating around (whether entitled "YKYR" or "Over The Mountain"). But that's neither here nor there. Most people don't realize that rare versions of "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Been A Son" are also included. The version of "Been A Son" was never released on CD and elongates the track (from 1:54) to well over two minutes. And the single version of "Pennyroyal Tea" is just as rare. Even if you have all of Nirvana's earlier releases, those three rarities make this CD an essential. On the other hand, this is THE place to start for coming-of-age Nirvana fans who've only heard songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or "Heart-Shaped Box" on the radio. I love how this album captures Nirvana's brilliance. Many people cite "Dumb" as too uncharacteristic of Kurt Cobain and/or Nirvana; when really it was one of the better songs on the In Utero CD.
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