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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OVZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on 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 By xedogg on April 7, 2001
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've heard so many mixed reviews of this CD. Personally, I really liked it. I feel SO fortunate to have seen the band play something like six months prior to Kurt Cobain's passing. Back then, I just KNEW Nirvana wouldn't last. As a band, they were JUST too good and too intense. There's a total of seventeen cuts here and the stand outs are "Drain You", their signature tune "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Lithium", "Spank Thru", "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Blew". These tracks were recorded live, anywhere between 1989-94. Comes with a ten page booklet of live photos and tidbits of interesting facts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Edelin on December 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The main gripe with this album seems to be its sloppy playing or its track selection. Yes, the versions of 'Breed' and 'Heart-Shaped Box' are a little off. Maybe the studio version of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was better. 'Scentless Apprentice' may not have had the same quality vocals as the studio version.
That was intended by Grohl and Novoselic. Unplugged was a GREAT release. Just about every magazine and music website recommends that you own it. It was very polished but it was very downbeat; 'Muddy Banks...' is the exact opposite. It's full of life, it's sloppy, it's LOUD, it's what Nirvana should be remembered as. Nirvana didn't break into the music industry as a depressing, acoustic band to touch our hearts. They were faster, louder, more emotional, and better than all that worthless pop that dominated the charts in the early 90s. Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic wanted Nirvana to be remembered like that, and they did a great job of it.
As for the song selection - maybe it wasn't what everyone wanted. There's no such thing as a perfect compilation cd. I'm sure lots of people wanted a live version of 'Rape Me' or a better version of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' 'In Bloom' would've been great and maybe some more tracks from 'In Utero.' Unreleased stuff would've ben equally as nice! The song selection on here is a good representative selection of (except for a couple songs) Nirvana, including mostly uncommercial songs like 'Negative Creep' and 'Milk It' (meaning people who only liked 'Teen Spirit' won't like this release a whole lot except for that one song). THIS IS ESSENTIAL Nirvana material, anybody who says otherwise is wrong. Oh, and check out that punked-out electric version of 'Polly.'
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