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Heart Shaped Box [Single, Import]

NirvanaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. ... Read more in Amazon's Nirvana Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Mca Import
  • ASIN: B000005RWF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heart-Shaped Box (LP Version) - Nirvana
2. Milk It (LP Version) - Nirvana
3. Marigold (Previously Unreleased) - Nirvana

Editorial Reviews

Hit single from their 1993 multi-platinum smash album forGeffen, 'In Utero'. Featured here are the album versions ofboth it & 'Milk It' (also from 'In Utero'), plus the non-album track 'Marigold'. Slimline jewelcase.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one single that showcases Cobains lyrical genius... January 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Heart-Shaped Box:
Subtly opening with a single guitar strumming, the frontman for Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, exposes his sensitivity. The soft lyrics seem to echo from a dream. A hazey world near the end of Cobain's demise. The video even shows the band in a bizarrely odd fantasy landscape. Twisted trees, and an old man on a cross wearing Santa's cap, a little girl in a white klu klux clan-like outfit skipping through the poppy fields. An obese woman dressed in an anatomical skin-tight outfit, adorned in feathery wings. At the end Cobain and company can be seen at the side of the old man's death bed. Patiently waiting for him to pass on. The energy here seems unrestful, eager, and aggravated.

All this imagery is what you get with the song Heart-Shaped Box. Flagrantly good lyrics entrance you, for example:

"Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet,"

"Cut myself on Angel's hair and baby's breath."

"Broken hymen of your highness, I'm left black."

"Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back."

This is just too good. The song reverbrates between melancholy, and fierce aggression, classic Nirvana style, but with the rough guitar flavoring that In Utero has to offer. In my opinion, this is the best that Nirvana has to offer. It encapsulates Cobain's emotion, his moody ups & downs, and Nirvana's awesome artistry. Dave Grohl excellently balances the song with his gentle drumming, and then his ear pounding resonation for the decidely aggressive parts. Krist Novoselic also submits what Cobain calls (and I paraphrase), "a really good bass line".

The second song on this disc, "Milk It", was often quoted by Cobain to be the future sound of Nirvana. With a more jaded sound, very rough, tired, and abbrasive...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nirvana great plus an early Foo June 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The reason for my title is simple once you buy this great cd, Dave Grohl has a song he wrote, sings, and plays guitar for while Kurt does the drum. This alone is reason enough to buy this cd. Heart-shaped Box is a great song, and so is Milk It with top of the quality Cobain lyrics. Like the person below, the cover is also a great reason to have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foo Fighters' Prequel Overshadowed January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you just want "Heart Shaped Box", you're best off just buying "In Utero". The first b-side is also on In Utero.

The important thing on this album is its weakest track. Dave Grohl's only composition to be released under Nirvana, "Marigold", is on this single. Unfortunately, the song was placed behind two of Kurt Cobain's strongest compositions.

"Heart Shaped Box", along with "Rape Me", "All Apologies", and "Pennyroyal Tea", is one of the jewels of In Utero.

It's a better deal to buy the Singles Box if you want b-sides
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Foo Fighters Dave Grohl! May 6, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The great thing about this CD isn't necessarily the Nirvana songs. Heart Shaped Box can be found on In Utero (a must buy), and can be heard in several different collections, live recordings, etc. The gem on this single is the song "Marigold", written and performed by Dave Grohl. Although technically a Nirvana song, Marigold is a good example of Dave Grohl's musical ability, and a soft, eerie sneak preview of the Foo Fighters to come. Buy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant track listing for a single! February 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow this is one of the best singles i own of nirvana
marigold Omg what can i say its a awsome song it has dave on vocals and krist in bass Heart shaped box is probably one of the best nirvana songs along side with milk it! this is just a awsome single i say buy this if u dont have it already before they get sold out and stay away from bootlegs from this cd there are lot of fake ones that look original with barcodes but there fake! i orderd minefrom here and is Real! if you wanna check if your nirvana singles are real or fake take a gander at this website [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana's greatest moment? June 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who has heard Heart Shaped Box will probably agree that it is one of Nirvana's best tracks, not only for the sublime guitar riff but for the sheer quality of the writing (which, as always, is unsurpassed). Fragile B -Side, Marigold is written and performed solely by Dave Grohl and justifies you shelling out for this CD rather than surviving with the album version of HSB. ...I recommend you seek out the singles box set that includes all the releases from Nevermind and In Utero and costs much less than it would be to buy all the singles individually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute classic single April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I once had this single, but my brother sold it to someone when I moved out of my house. I wasn't happy believe me. I am planning to order it again. It is honestly a must, especially with the cover of that CD. It is gorgeous! The lyrics caught my attention on this song, "she eyes me like a Pisces when I am weak...I wish I could eat your Cancer when you turn back." The song is tender, angry, trapped seemingly and lovelorn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-shaped box single July 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Im a huge Nirvana fan, so this review might be a little biased. But why buy this if your not a huge fan? Anyway, I digress. This is a great price for this rare CD. The songs are all great, my favorite being Marigold, Dave Grohl's own vocal production. This is definitely worth your money. Grohl really shows his talents off here on this small preview of the future foo's phenomenal frontman. Buy it!
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