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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B005AAVFDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. On A Plain
  12. Something In The Way
  13. Even In His Youth
  14. Aneurysm
  15. Curmudgeon
  16. D - 7 live at the BBC
  17. Been A Son (live)
  18. School (live)
  19. Drain You (live)
  20. Sliver (live)
  21. Polly (live)

Disc: 2

  1. In Bloom (Smart Studio Sessions)
  2. Immodium (Breed) (Smart Studio Sessions)
  3. Lithium (Smart Studio Sessions)
  4. Polly (Smart Studio Sessions)
  5. Pay To Play (Smart Studio Sessions)
  6. Here She Comes Now (Smart Studio Sessions)
  7. Dive previously (Smart Studio Sessions)
  8. Sappy previously (Smart Studio Sessions)
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Boombox Rehearsals)
  10. Verse Chorus Verse (Boombox Rehearsals)
  11. Territorial Pissings (Boombox Rehearsals)
  12. Lounge Act (Boombox Rehearsals)
  13. Come As You Are (Boombox Rehearsals)
  14. Old Age (Boombox Rehearsals)
  15. Something In The Way (Boombox Rehearsals)
  16. On A Plain (Boombox Rehearsals)
  17. Drain You (BBC Sessions)
  18. Something In The Way (BBC Sessions)

Disc: 3

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (The Devonshire Mixes)
  2. In Bloom (The Devonshire Mixes)
  3. Come As You Are (The Devonshire Mixes)
  4. Breed (The Devonshire Mixes)
  5. Lithium (The Devonshire Mixes)
  6. Territorial Pissings (The Devonshire Mixes)
  7. Drain You (The Devonshire Mixes)
  8. Lounge Act (The Devonshire Mixes)
  9. Stay Away (The Devonshire Mixes)
  10. On A Plain (The Devonshire Mixes)
  11. Something In The Way (The Devonshire Mixes)

Disc: 4

  1. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  2. Aneurysm (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  3. Drain You (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  4. School (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  5. Floyd The Barber (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  6. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  7. About A Girl (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  8. Polly (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  9. Breed (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  10. Sliver (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  11. Love Buzz (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  12. Lithium (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  13. Been A Son (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  14. Negative Creep (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  15. On A Plain (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  16. Blew (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  17. Rape Me (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  18. Territorial Pissings (Live at the Paramount Theatre)
  19. Endless, Nameless (Live at the Paramount Theatre)

Disc: 5

  1. DVD: Live at the Paramount Theatre Concert

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.

This super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, two discs of rare mixes and demoes, a DVD and CD of the "Live at the Paramount Theatre" concert.

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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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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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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This mix we can call of Pure Loudness War Audio, doenst make sense a bluray audio and a terrible mix like this
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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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in a 2009 article Bob Ludwig stated "People talk about downloads hurting record sales, I and some other people would submit that another thing that is hurting record sales these days is the fact that they are so compressed that the ear just gets tired of it. When you're through listening to a whole album of this highly compressed music, your ear is fatigued. You may have enjoyed the music but you don't really feel like going back and listening to it again. It's been really rough, folks, But it can get better and I think it will get better. I'm glad it's going to be over."

This is the same guy who's remastered this version of 'Nevermind' 2 years later to the very same loudness war standard he has criticised and seemed to suggest was reversing.

All the dynamic range on this classic album is gone. Which means there's no punch to the music, every song stays the same volume throughout so when a chorus kicks in it doesn't get louder than the verse and lift the song.

From what i've read over the years, Kurt loved using the quiet verse LOUD chorus technique, so for a band that was obviously about dynamics it's baffling that this remaster even made it onto a commercially available CD/download. A whole new generation of Nirvana fans are going to be robbed of the way this album should really sound as mastered dynamically in 1991 by Howie Weinberg.

UMG don't care, they just want your money, but that's ok, you don't have to give it to them, no matter how big a Nirvana fan you are, you can download the extra content for free 'illegally' after all they're offering you an inferior 'new' product when your original copy of Nevermind sounds perfect -- you just have to use that thing known as a volume knob or volume buttons.

"All the kids will eat it up, if it's packaged properly".
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