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From the Muddy Banks of The Wishkah [Live]

NirvanaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Intro0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. School (Live Version (Amsterdam)) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Drain You (Live (1991/Del Mar Fairgrounds)) 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Aneurysm (Live Version (California)) 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live Version (California)) 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Been A Son (Live Version (Amsterdam)) 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lithium (Live Version (Amsterdam)) 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sliver (Live Version (Massachusetts)) 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Spank Thru (Live Version (Rome)) 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Scentless Apprentice (Live Version (MTV in Seattle, Washington)) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Heart-Shaped Box (Live Version (California)) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Milk It (Live Version (Seattle, Washington)) 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Negative Creep (Live Version (Seattle, Washington)) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Polly (Live (London)) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Breed (Live Version (London)) 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tourette's (Live Version (Reading, England)) 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Blew (Live Version (Amsterdam)) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Nirvana were formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OVZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kurt Cobain's former bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl clearly had an agenda in compiling From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, the second of what will no doubt be a long line of posthumous Nirvana albums. Because of its somber, intense nature, the first post-Cobain release, MTV Unplugged in New York, was largely perceived as music for a wake--an impression reinforced by MTV's constant airings of the special in the days following Cobain's suicide. But that acoustic detour aside, the Nirvana live experience was always about displaying a lust for life--not a death wish--with all the energy the musicians could muster. Wishkah offers 16 songs spanning the band's career, all delivered in the loudest, most frenzied, and sometimes the sloppiest versions imaginable. In the opening "Intro," a snippet of pre-show noise, Cobain screams his heart out in joyful contrast to the haunted screams on "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." Then the group launches into "School," which ends with the spirited chorus "Don't be sad." Indeed, it's impossible to dwell on the maudlin when listening to these renditions of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Sliver," "Heart-Shaped Box," and "Negative Creep"--they're too loud and too full of life. But while it should be applauded, Wishkah isn't the great lost Nirvana album--there are no unheard gems to add to the catalog--and in the end, it isn't nearly as essential as any of the band's studio albums--or even the downbeat but revelatory Unplugged. --Jim Derogatis

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana: Live And In Your Face! September 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Amazon critic has it wrong: the chorus on "School" is "No recess," NOT "Don't be sad"! Now that we've got that cleared up....It is well documented that Nirvana could be very scattershot live in concert, usually depending on the mental & physical health of troubled singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain. On a bad night, the band could be very ragged and sloppy, even rude---some nights, they wouldn't even play their big hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," much to the dismay of their audience. But on a GOOD night---and there were quite a few of those, too---Nirvana were powerful, rockin' monsters. "From The Muddy Banks of The Wishkah" captures Nirvana live in concert on the various GOOD nights they had over the years, with the live tracks recorded between 1989 and 1994. Nirvana blast through 16 songs, featuring some signature tunes like "Teen Spirit" and "Lithium," as well as some lesser-known songs like "Spank Thru" and "Blew." The band sound incredible, with Cobain, bassist Krist Noveselic and drummer Dave Grohl interlocked together like a three-headed rock beast (though on some tracks, guitarist Pat Smear joins the trio, and original drummer Chad Channing is featured on a couple of tracks instead of Grohl). This is raw, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners rock of the highest order, with no bad performances anywhere, and the louder you can play this CD, the better. "From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah" is a brilliant document of what Nirvana could do live in concert on the nights when they *really* gave it everything they had. No Nirvana fan should go without this awesome live set.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great live album all in all April 7, 2001
By xedogg
Format:Audio CD
People put down "From The Muddy Banks" because it's not one big live show. But, the songs do blend well together contrary to what some people think. Nirvana put out so much emotion into these songs. I'll give a song by song review since each song deserves it: 1. Intro: If you're having a bad day, crank this up and scream along with it. 2. School- Better than the version on Bleach in my opinion. Very hardcore and raspy. 3. Drain You- Much more hardcore than the version on Nevermind. It's just as good or better. 4. Aneurysm- Better than the Incesticide version. Much heavier and complex guitar work. 5. Smells Like Teen Spirit- a good version of it but the original captures more emotion and sounds better with studio tweaks and tune-ups. 6.Been A Son- Very sloppy vocals. Album version better. It' s ok though. 7. Lithium- Very powerful and raw performance. Great! 8. Sliver- Tuned down to low and the vocals can't match the lowness. 9. Spank Thru- a song not many people have heard. It's better live than recorded for a demo. Great song. 10. Scentless Apprentice- Powerful intro but it goes downhill after that. Not enough power screams. 11. Heart Shaped Box- the vocals are better on In Utero. Kurt should've cleared his throat before he did this one. And the guitar is also kind of sloppy. 12. Milk It- This version isn't that great but it still sounds ok if you loved the original Milk It. 13. Breed- A mediocre slopfest. This shouldn't have been included. Vocals aren't that good except for in the chorus and the guitar is too all over the place. 14. Polly- Very loud and hardcore version of Polly. It rocks! 15. Tourette's- I like this version better than the studio version. His screaming sounds better live for it. And the guitar solo is extended. 16. Blew- This song sounds great raised an octave higher. Read more ›
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great live CD, with some live takes better than studio November 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I really love this album. It gives you a real taste of what Nirvana was like in concert. The editing is such that it seems that you are listening to one whole concert, even though the album is culled from many live performances. Here are the tracks:
1 - Intro - Just a cut of pre-show noise. Has some conversation between Kurt and Krist. Then Kurt screams for some fun, and then we get...
2 - School - This is a "Bleach" cut. It's really well done. It churns and smashes in true form. It isn't the best, but it's a good starter.
3 - Drain You - Kurt's vocals are great. Very raw and it's a great reinterpretation. I would say better than studio, which is saying a lot.
4 - Aneurysm - I love this take. The vocals are hilarious. It's really tight.
5 - Smells Like Teen Spirit - Not even close to the studio version, but it's cool to hear Krist stomp on his distortion pedal during Kurt's solo.
6 - Been A Son - This is a marvelous cover of a Vaselines song. Bursts with energy and it rocks. Kurt loved the Vaselines, and it really shows.
7 - Lithium - I hate this one. The whole take is sharp. Not even close to studio.
8 - Sliver - Krist is so good in the beginning. His tone is awesome. Pat's entrance is marked by some horrific feedback. Kurt concentrated harder on his vocals on the "In Utero" tour, so I think there's more guitar from Pat. Pat's always on the left channel.
9 - Spank Thru - There is a reason why they didn't release this on "Incesticide" or anything else. ...
10 - Scentless Apprentice - For my money, I'd say this track is the best on the album. Bar none. If you listen to the left channel alone on this, you can see why Pat was an idol to both Kurt and Dave. Everyone is in great form, but this is really Pat's track. His distortion is the best EVER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar live album!
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Published 6 months ago by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great live album!
This is a really really good live record. If you love Nirvana, then you will surely love this album! Don't wait any longer and act!
Published 6 months ago by Rafael Fanola
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
If you are a Nirvana Fan this is a good addition to your collection. Good sound quality that transports the listener to the live show
Published 14 months ago by José JF
1.0 out of 5 stars I ordered a CASSETTE and i got a CD
in the product description it said that it was an audio cassette but instead i got a used cd.
the music is there but it is not what it said it was. Read more
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