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on 29 December 2011
Nevermind, love it or hate it, is a classic record.

This review however is regarding the bonus so called "unreleased" material on the second disc.

Now, whilst most people will have already heard a great deal of this through bootleg cd's over the past 20 years there are acouple of gems on here.
Firstly the Smart session version of Breed is a great energetic recording and is brutal.
Secondly the Radio version of Something in the way is, in my opinion, better than the album version. It's heavy and doomy. (I always thought it was an incredibly dull and boring track along with Pennyroyal Tea. Yawn) So this version is a nice surprise.
All the boombox recordings are enjoyable, especially the version of Territorial.

However....how exactly did the record company get away with putting the exact same version of Dive on here and claiming it was unreleased material?! It's the exact same version from Incestide/the split single with Sliver.
Very cheeky.

Anyhow, all in all a nice package but nothing special.
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on 29 December 2016
Great service
Wouldn't combine next time as all came separately
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on 10 March 2000
This is probably the best record ever recorded. It marries huge hooks and powerful riffage with supreme melodies of the highest order. The raw power of the crystal cut punk edge mixes superbly with a dose of pop that makes every listen a joy. The vocals are full of emotion and the lyrics insightful. Each time you listen to this album you find a new favourite. Everyone I know loves this record. If you don't you're a complete fool and probably have absolutley no taste. I'd also recommend 'Unplugged' where the legend lives on.
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on 23 January 2001
First of all, I'd just like to get something off my chest: why are all the grunge kids so damn sniffy at this album? Yeah it's more commercial than In Utero (don't get me wrong a FANTASTIC album) but who cares? Just because your regular music fan can listen to it and love it doesn't mean you desert it! Don't be so precious and just admit that, overall, it's a better album. Starting with Smells Like Teen Spirit, this album just has an elemental force that is truly unstoppable. That opening riff ... just makes you wanna screeeeaaam with pleasure and from then on in it's a masterpiece. After the great SLTS comes In Bloom. Could there be a better follow up? It's just lethal and Kurt's down to earth, gritty voice hits you for six. Come As You Are is equally fantastic and a defining moment for grunge. The start to Breed simply kicks ass. Guitar ... Drums ... Bass ... Slaps you up side ta head. Lithium would be the best song were it not for SLTS and just fills you up with helium. Polly - a GENIUS song that can sit happily alongside Territorial Pissings without either of them being overshadowed - the song-writing genius of Kurt Cobain is in full flow. Drain You and Lounge Act aren't stand out tracks but would be on any lesser album. Just imagine any bollocksy, self-indulgent, oh soooo angsty grungers coming up with them and you'd be proud! Stay Away is misanthropic and nasty but anthemic and very clever. On A Plain is good but for the full power of that song buy Unplugged In New York. Finally the stunning Something In The Way that makes you sorrowful, thoughtful and introspective but at the same time it's affirming in a peculiar way. Endless Nameless ain't something to write home about but y'know it's a secret track and I've normally stopped listening by the time it comes round. Just get over it losers.
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on 25 April 2000
I am a great fan of Nirvana and I listen to their work a lot. This is not their best album, which says a lot about the quality of the others, but it is still the most famous and best loved with most Nirvana fans worldwide. Come As You Are and Lithium will get your imaginations going, while Polly will scare the living daylights out of you. The you can relax with Territorial Pissings. That is if, loud grunge music makes you calm. Buy it! Now!
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on 29 April 2011
Nirvana - where to start , if you don't know who Nirvana are then.. who are you? this is most probably their best album and most famous , with songs such as smells like teen spirit and come as you are.. you know your listening to Nirvana at their best!

I recommend this album if:

a) This is your first Nirvana album and wish to try them out
b) You just want to hear Nirvana at their best

All in all I am very happy with this album but that was to be expected! BUY IT .
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on 25 January 2001
Obviously there is a massive debate over which Nirvana album was the best. All 6 are truly great, but, even though it is nicknamed the 'sellout' record, Nevermind is probably my favourite. Alot of people think that Smells like Teen Spirit is the best Nirvana song. They are then labelled as not real fans, but that is a bit unfair. It isn't my favourite song on the album though, mine is either Polly, or Lithium. In Bloom is also a great track, as is Come as you are. The red-raw screaming in Territorial Pissings is fantastic, Drain you is a mellow and cool track. The bass solo at the start of Lounge Act is simply mystifying. The vocals on stay away and On a Plain are incredible, and the eeriness of Something in the Way finishes off the album brilliantly, BUY IT NOW!
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on 17 April 2007
I've just recently come back across this CD as i was absent mindedly looking for something to listen to earlier, and even in all these years it still sounds as fresh and exciting as it did when it was first released.

I admit though, that i did get a bit bored of it a few years ago and i shoved it to the back of a pile of my CDs (with other Nirvana CDs too) and eventually it just ended up gathering dust, but when i put it on my Hi-Fi (for the first time in a good 2/3 years) and turned up the volume - it was like i had just discovered it for the first time and i was reminded just how good this was, and how all the fuss that it generated at the time was justified.

It definitely injected a sort of realist aspect into music of the time, as Kurt, Krist and Dave proved that you didn't need to have stupidly long guitar solos and stupid hairstyles to play good songs. It brought music back to the basics. This band, and album, showed people that writing about sex, drugs, women, cars etc. wasn't always a prerequisite for rock songs - nor that having a preened appearance, make-up and tight clothes would make you popular or somehow influence the popularity of the music itself.

Nirvana made a kick ass album with a diverse mixture of songs that appealed to everyone and anyone, that is why i think it has lasted this long and people still reference it when listing all the great albums of the last 10/20 years, or even just their most favourite CDs, because it truly is one of the best CDs released in years. Nevermind's impact and reach since its release has ensured that it certainly wont be forgotten by anyone that's had the pleasure of listening.

Surely what every band wants to do with their music/CDs is to have created some songs that people will still be listening to years down the line, and with this album i know for sure that i will.

Buy this CD if either you want to see what all the fuss was about 15 odd years ago, or just simply if you want to hear some good music get this CD. It's better late than never.

It is one of the few CDs in existence today that really does merit the "classic" tag.
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on 22 March 2003
If you listen to this album thinking it sounds like just about every other rock album in recent history, then that's merely testament to how influencial it actually is.
The album begins with one of the most famous and best-loved songs ever, and the riffs which are now amongst ever electric guitar player in the world's repertoire. It's hard not to feel a sense of immense gratitude when they start at the beginning of the song, and there's a strong desire to hit 'back' on your CD player once the song's over but there's more to come, believe me.
In Bloom and Lithium show off Cobain's unique sense of huour perfectly, and both begin with the best lines ever written for a song (the first time I realised that the opening line of In Bloom was 'Sell the kids for food' I laughed pretty hard).
Polly comes in stark contrast to the rest of the album, but is still a great song, and it's slightly mellower sound gives precedence to it's really quite disturbing vocals.
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In all, Nevermind is quite simply one the best albums of the last century. Nirvana could very easily have made a follow-up album that ecclipsed even this.
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on 18 June 2003
"Nevermind" is the album that brought Nirvana into the mainstream. It redefined the face of rock'n'roll and shook the foundations of a disjointed music industry, bridging the gap between indie, heavy metal and punk. Just months after releasing Bleach, Cobain told a reporter that he wanted to ditch the Bleach sound, saying "I'd rather have a good hook". True to his word, Cobain and Butch Vig produced the most exhilarating and accessible album of the nineties, blending a pure pop bodywork with "Bad Brains" grunge and the in-your-face attitude of' "Surfa Rosa". Another significant aspect was the departure of Chad Channing and the emergence of Dave Grohl, who added more energy, focus and depth to the drumming. Cobain, once a drummer himself, told a magazine that he would rather have Grohl in his band than either Keith Moon or John Bonham.
Cobain's desire to leave Sub Pop transpired when Mark Kates and Sonic Youth set up a deal with Geffen worth $287,000. It was confirmed on the 30th April 1991 and would give Nirvana greater financial scope. Better still, they were going to be reunited with the brilliant Butch Vig, who had helped Cobain realise his pop sensibilities during the Smart Sessions of 1990. Nevermind was produced at Sound Studios in Los Angeles - the songs were completed in a matter of days but there was an increased emphasis on overdubs (a problem that Nirvana rarely encountered on Bleach). More importantly, however, was the intervention of mixing engineer Andy Wallace. Geffen were unhappy with the "soft" sound of Grohl's drumming, so Wallace added digital reverb and whacked the guitars and bass through a flanger. He then compressed the lot and this produced a more punchy and dynamic sound. As a result, you have an album that is more accessible and confrontational. If you want to hear the difference get a bootlegged copy of "Pay to Play" and compare it to the official version "Stay Away".
Nirvana produced a total of 12 songs plus a "hidden" jam at the end. Nevermind is a classic and a revelation. Each song is smooth, intelligent, passionate, and brimming with memorable hooks. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a combination of Husker Du and the Pixies, while "In Bloom" sounds like a modern version of Bad Brains. "Come As You Are" is a beautiful but sombre affair that gets its strength from a heavily distorted guitar (one critic suggested it was played underwater). "Breed", on the other hand, is a throwback to the band's debut album while "Lithium" is beautiful ballad about madness versus faith. "Polly", written in 1988, is a solo effort about the rape and torture of a young girl and is based on a true crime that happened in Seattle. Cobain's unperturbed voice and infectious guitar are very unnerving. Other gems include "Drain You", "Stay Away" and the sinister "Something In The Way". My personal favourite is "Territorial Pissings" - a hardcore, postpunk monstrosity with an uncanny resemblance to Pat Smear and The Germs. Cobain has used an old punk trick by attaching his guitar directly into the mixing deck, thus giving it a fuzzy, chaotic and overloaded sound. Nevermind's only dull moment is "Lounge Act" and the hidden jam "Endless/Nameless". Albeit, 10/12 of these songs have become apart of radio's staple diet and ingrained into our consciousness.
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