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Bleach Original recording remastered, Import

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When it first appeared, Bleach seemed like a tuneful approximation of what grunge rock in the Northwest United States was supposed to sound like--gruff, enraged, sometimes tuneful, sometimes silly. Singer Kurt Cobain had the pipes to belt out such power trash as "Mr. Moustache" and the Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," but considering the sheer volume of frustrated tuneage coming out of Seattle in 1989, it was easy to miss Bleach's subtler textures. In retrospect, "Negative Creep" and "About a Girl" are the obvious standouts that point toward the strum and bang attack that would catapult Nevermind to the top of the charts. But this is also a band without drummer Dave Grohl; his predecessor, Chad Channing (and also the Melvins' Dale Crover), while competent, is no Grohl. Producer Jack Endino gave this album the best sound $600 could buy. --Rob O'Connor
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035E7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Providence on April 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am a 20 year old black kid and no one would expect me to listen to Nirvana, but i've been listening to them since 92', the first song I ever heard was smells like teen spirit, i remember the son of the family my mother worked for gave me the nevermind cd and I was blown away, I was only five or six but I loved the hell out of Nirvana. Bleach was given to me as a cassette by the same person and this would be Nirvana's foundation, the best album they ever made, every song is listenable without skipping, unlike incesticide or in utero. If you are just getting into Nirvana start here this is a classic because it has that raw punk-metal sound, school has to be the greatest song ever. There are few rockers such as Kurt and Marilyn Manson, who have the most rugged and violent voices, this is a true talent, you can feel Kurt's voice not just hear it. His voice is the greatest in rock if you ask me, from sing-songy, to scream, to violent howl, he made the best rock songs ever, from his voice to his guitar playing (oh my god), to the whole melody of the song + lyrics=perfection. He is and was the greatest because he had fans of all races and im proof of that, even though i didnt live in a suburban area I was the only kid in the "ghetto" listening to this and I've been a fan since 6 years old. If you dont have unplugged you should be arrested and sentenced to life. R.I.P Kurt.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Spatula Boy on February 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album, though it is probably not nearly as popular as Nevermind or In Utero (my favorite album ever), is a classic. Perhaps more than Nevermind. The songs on here are raw and emotional, much more so than many of the songs that Kurt later wrote. The songs range from insane screaming (Negative Creep, School) to rhythmic melodies (About a Girl) and early, almost nauseating (in a good way) grunge (paper cuts, blew), very similar to alice in chains. Pretty much every song on here is worth listening to. This is one of those CD's that you can put in your CD player and not even touch the track-select button. This CD is kind of like a look into the past, of where they came from before the fame or fortune, back when Kurt dreamt of being a rock star, before he found out what it was like. When you listen to this album, remember what it was like before Nevermind or Teen Spirit, before anyone had heard of Nirvana and they were in it for the sheer enjoyment of music. When nobody even knew there was a guy out there named Kurt Cobain, before anyone knew he was anything special. This IS Nirvana, at its core. This is the music coming from Kurt Cobain the human being, not Kurt Cobain the music god. If you like rock, you'll like this CD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By seth luke on January 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's hard for me to really pick a favorite Nirvana album, becuase they're all very good [if I had to though it'd be their live "Unplugged" album]. While Nevermind probably is the best out of their studio albums, it seems that it and In Utero get far more attention than Bleach and Incesticide. This has a much more unrefined sound then Nevermind does and is a lot more punk influenced. The guitar work keeps true to the fuzz-style of early grunge and most of the songs are short with fast guitars, in the tradition of punk, so this album probably more than any other sowcases Nirvana's punk roots.
For this reason this album seems like a somewhat bad choice if you're just getting to like Nirvana [since in Utero and nevermind both sound much more like what you probably hear from them on the radio], however if you like ohter early grunge bands or punk bands of the time, or like songs such as "Lithium", "Breed", and "Stay Away" off of Nevermind then this is the album for you. My personal favorites off of here are "School", "Negative Creep", "Downer" and the best track of the bunch, "Blew." And also of course, About A Girl which sounds noticbly different on here than it does on "Unplugged" [where as Penyroyal Tea and All Apologies, both from "In Utero" sound more or less the same on "Unplugged"].
So to really get down to it, this album is very good. If you are a big fan of nirvana get it, you will like it. If you are just a casual fan or mainly liek their radio singles then get Nevermind or In Utero, or their new Greatest Hits collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be quite a bit of Nirvana fans on this site who appreciate their music well beyond their singles from the Geffen period of the early 90's, which is awesome. On the other hand, unless you're a complete snob who refuses to listen to a band unless it's you and about five other pretentious people who've heard of them, Nirvana's music isn't hard to like at all. Even the early stuff.

The best thing about Bleach is probably the fact that you've never heard these songs on the radio, so you're able to come away from it with a more fresh perspective than their later music. I think people like to hype this up as the more "raw" side of Nirvana before they went pop, but the truth is, they've never really changed. The music here doesn't sound as polished as Nevermind, but the structures are still just as catchy. From the start, Nirvana were a talented unit who deserved their success (even if Kurt didn't want it).

Even after all these years, this album holds up remarkably well. For some reason, I find it's best to listen to it in total darkness. Not that it's a gloomy album, it just has this strange "night vibe" to it. Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way. I dunno. I'm tired and just felt like killing time writing this review. Forgive me if I sound like I'm talking out of my [...]. I'm rambling.

Get it. Essential stuff for the Nirvana fan.
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