- Audio CD (28 Oct. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Geffen Records / Sub Pop
- ASIN: B000091A5V
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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Nirvana Original recording remastered
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Lista utworów: 1. YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT 2. ABOUT A GIRL 3. BEEN A SON 4. SLIVER 5. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT 6. COME AS YOU ARE 7. LITHIUM 8. IN BLOOM 9. HEART-SHAPED BOX 10. PENNYROYAL TEA 11. RAPE ME 12. DUMB 13. ALL APOLOGIES 14. MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD 15. WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT
"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"
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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. Again (excuse my pushiness), I do think "Milk It" deserved to be here. It's such a raw song and finds Kurt Cobain speaking very outwardly about suicide. Its edginess (and usage of the word 'shxt') is probably why it never became a big hit. The unplugged versions of "All Apologies" and "The Man Who Sold The World" are certainly choice selections. I did not know "All Apologies" was unplugged when I bought this, but was surprisingly happy when I heard it. I've seen some reviews that feature "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" in the listings, but my CD does not have it. Still, that's okay; as I feel the David Bowie cover is much more appropriate.
Overall, there is not a song that isn't worthy of being here. There are a few songs that might have been good selections if it were extended to 16 or 17 songs (i.e. "Milk It", "Frances Farmer...", "Lake Of Fire"), but we as fans must take the bad with the good. And even if one of your favorite Nirvana tracks isn't here, you shouldn't knock the CD, give it three or four songs, and tell people not to buy it. This is a greatest hits as Kurt's love and inspiration (Courtney Love) deems fit. There's an excellent biography in the booklet, some cool pictures and 14 unforgettable, unbelievable songs. If you don't like one or two of these songs then you're not a true Nirvana fan. And you're just like those people who sing along to "In Bloom"; not knowing what it means. I could give this album 4 stars, but that wouldn't be fair to the band. At the end of the day, the title of this recording says it all. Buy this. And learn to love it over time... if you can't initially.
Although all of tracks here have been 'remastered', I can't hear a great deal much difference, but anyway, this compilation does contain something for completists, the previously unreleased gem 'You Know You're Right' which kicks off the collection, as well as lesser-known live versions of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold The World' (from the 'MTV Unplugged' album) and 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night' which end things out.
'Nirvana' is a pretty good collection, but it could have been a lot better. As I say, I'd suggest buying the albums, but any CD that has 'Silver', 'Come As You Are', 'Smells Like Team Spirit', 'About A Girl' and 'Rape Me' on one disc, is always going to merit a high star rating. RIP Kurt!
Never has a band moved me so much as Nirvana. Anyway, that is enough sentimental rambling from me. On to the product!
You Know You're Right is one hell of a song, and a fantastic way to kick off this truly excellent album.
About A Girl, which definitely is about Tracey Marander,Kurts; much-loved first girlfriend, is a stunning song, with a beautiful, melodic beat to it.
Been a Son is angry, fast-moving and wild. Definitely one to scream in angst to.
Sliver is truly wonderful, and whenever I hear those opening riffs, I feel joyous.
Next comes the insanely overhyped yet wonderful song Smells Like Teen Spirit, which was to become the anthem of a generation.
Come As You Are is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion, and hauntingly melodic.
Lithium has a barrel full of attitude, and general joyous insanity echoes in it.
In Bloom is one of the heavier,though melodic songs on the album.
Heart Shaped Box is truly wonderful, and is a rather twisted love song.
PennyRoyal Tea has a wonderful quiet-loud dynamic, and interesting lyrics.
Then comes the highly controversial Rape Me. Despite this, it is a fabulous, anthemic song, and, strangely enough,an insult to the media from Cobains' heart.
All Apologies is the point that had me in tears. The song has meaningul lyrics and Kurts' vocals are breathtaking.
The Man Who Sold The World is fanbloodytastic, and despite being a cover song, it screams emotion.
Lastly comes Where Did You Sleep Last Night, which is terrific song and a moving ending to a wonderful album.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves music.