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Bleach, still essential listening
on 18 April 2011
Nirvanas first studio album "Bleach" gets the deluxe treatment for its 20th year anniversary; it now comes complete with a booklet full of early pictures of the band as well as eleven songs recorded live in 1990. It didn't cost that much to make at the time, just over 600 dollars and would go mainly unnoticed until after "Nevermind" exploded and Nirvana became a household name.
This is the third time I have bought this album and it still sounds as raw as it did way back then, with its guitars tuned all the way down. It's not like "Nevermind" that got the polished treatment by Andy Wallace. It contains some of the bands best material such as the two opening tracks "Blew" and "Floyd The Barber". There is the brilliant first ever single "Love Buzz" which is a cover of the 1969 song by Shocking Blue. "About A Girl" shows of what a great songwriter Cobain was and also shows his sensitive side. "Negative Creep" is still one of Nirvana best songs, the brilliant "School" still sounds great today. "Big cheese" which wasn't included on the original 1989 release but would be for later releases is kept for the reissue as is "Downer".
The remastering job does make the album sound better without over doing it, the booklet full of pictures is a nice touch, even though some lyrics would have been nice, Chad Channing who drums on the majority of the tracks is no Dave Grohl yet his playing suits the album. The highlight of the live concert is the inclusion of "spank Thru", "Molly's Lips which is a cover of a song by The Vaselines and the brilliant "Dive".
While "Nevermind" was the coming out party for Nirvana and final album "In Utero" probably contains their best work, "Bleach" is just as essential as either of those albums.