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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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  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B002MRROKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Breed
2. Drain You
3. Aneurysm
4. School
5. Sliver
6. In Bloom
7. Come As You Are
8. Lithium
9. About A Girl
10. Tourette's
11. Polly
12. Lounge Act
13. Smells Like Teen Spirit
14. On A Plain
15. Negative Creep
16. Been A Son
17. All Apologies
18. Blew
19. Dumb
20. Stay Away
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Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes a bonus DVD. 2009 release of this historic live performance by the Alt-Rock/Grunge legends. While the show's centerpiece was a performance of nearly the entire Nevermind tracklist, also noteworthy were early performances of three as yet unrecorded songs which wouldn't be released until two years later on In Utero: 'All Apologies', 'Dumb' and, in its first ever public performance, 'Tourette's'. The career-spanning setlist also reached back to the band's 1989 Sub Pop debut album, Bleach and even further back to the mid-'80s for 'Spank Thru'. Additionally, the band played a pair of beloved covers by two bands (Fang and The Wipers) that helped shape the formative Nirvana sound.

Review

"Nirvana headlining at Reading in 1992 was something you had to see, and if you didn't see it then it was something you pretended you saw." -- Kerrang (October 2003)

"The staggering energy and intensity radiating from the stage never let up... Cobain's ravaged pop songs coming off like some dream marriage of the Sex Pistols and the Beatles, borne on bracing waves of distorted guitar noise." -- Rolling Stone (October 29, 1992)

"Nirvana headlining at Reading in 1992 was something you had to see, and if you didn't see it then it was something you pretended you saw." -- Kerrang (October 2003)

"The staggering energy and intensity radiating from the stage never let up... Cobain's ravaged pop songs coming off like some dream marriage of the Sex Pistols and the Beatles, borne on bracing waves of distorted guitar noise." -- Rolling Stone (October 29, 1992)

Customer Reviews

Recommended for any Nirvana or lover of rock music.
M. Miller
Now onto the DVD - The DVD offers the show in a remastered high quality picture and comparing it to the bootlegs it is unbelievable how well they made it.
Aleister Browney
I bought this for my son for Christmas and he loved it!
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174 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Tom Perry on November 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Being a long time, die hard Nirvana fan since I was a kid in the early 1990's, and going to my local record den and finding the latest imports and bootlegs by my favorite band, I procured this very concert probably a dozen years ago. I always thought this to be a great performance, with high energy, a great set list, and that "something" that keeps you putting in your illicit buy again and again. Having said that, I was pretty thrilled to learn that the 8/30/92 Nirvana show at the Reading Festival was being officially released. I picked up the cd this morning, along with the 20th anniversary edition of Bleach's release, the DVD was "still in the back and hasn't been put out yet" - so says the couldn't-care-less salesman at my local Wal*Mart.

On the way to work, I popped in the Reading CD and was overly pleased with the improvement on the sound quality from bootleg copies of this show that have been circulating for years. - I was, however, totally irritated with the general production of this performance for it's release, and by that, I mean this; they took out a lot of the between-song talking, and goofing around, which is, in part, what made a Nirvana concert a Nirvana concert. Now, before everyone starts blasting me, I understand that some of it had to be deleted for continuity, space on the CD, etc, etc.. But how do you edit out the band mocking themselves by turning the intro of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' into a jam on Boston's 'More Than A Feeling' with Krist singing (poorly)? Or when Kurt announces that the next song is for his then 12-day-old-daughter, and his wife, and proceeds to ask the crowd to yell 'Courtney We Love You!" - That song was 'All Apologies'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chauncey Gardner on November 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In a word - amazing! Live At Reading serves as a vibrant reminder as to why Nirvana belongs in the pantheon of great rock bands, and how they may likely be the last great and meaningful band to emerge in the past twenty years. Live At Reading captures the band at a crossroads - just a year before in 1991, the band played the very same festival, but was relegated to an afternoon performance somewhere in the middle of the multi-day, multi-band gathering. Just a year later, they would be arriving as conquering anti-heroes, having in the space of a year, accomplished the small feat of changing the face of music. Now the festivals headliners, Nirvana - and particularly Kurt Cobain, had become the subject of much public attention, and amidst a cloud of rumours and innuendo stirred up by the press, the appearance was as much anticipated for the spectacle as it was for the expected performance, a performance that would be the bands final in the U.K. What is captured on tape, hardly comes across as a band in its final moments - Live At Reading explodes with ferocity and moments of sheer brilliance. Granted it has its less than sparkling moments, but those are few and far between, and seem more a by-product of a band at odds with its own success, and adding verity to event.

The moments where Nirvana truly shine are too many to mention - the performance of "School" displays the skills and sound which made Dave Grohl such a key addition to the band. His drumming matches the visceral attack of Kurt's vocals, turning the performance into a thundering pummel that churns the crowd into a sea of screaming bodies.
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95 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Garbageman on November 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Gather round, kids, put away your diaries, log off Twitter for five minutes as I tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was this band who were so sickeningly heavy, so on point, so ridiculously furious and DARK, so in-your-face righteous that they shredded everything in sight. Including the bands that had the unfortunate opportunity to open for them, knowing there was no chance to come close. This album sorta introduces you to what they were capable of, especially the last third of it, where the songs get rampagingly ugly and downright MEAN, starting with a caustic version of "All Apologies", sounding nothing like any version you've heard before. The end of their short career may have shown an even darker side, incapable of even pulling it together long enough to really move, but this set is as close to their peak as you can get, a concert for the ages that is almost laughable when you look at the mind-numbingly BAD bands they played the same festival with, as shown on the inside cover (Charlatans? Curve? Buffalo Tom? The frickin' WONDER STUFF?) See, kids, even bands of their time couldn't hang. So you shouldn't feel all THAT embarrassed that My Chemical Romance, Vampire Weekend, and Deerhoof make noise that sounds like a blender by comparison.

I know, it's rough. I'm getting all generational on you, and that's not fair. As if it wasn't bad enough that they decided to play "On A Plain", "Negative Creep" and "Been A Son" back-to-back-to-back, which is reason enough to buy twenty copies of this and give it to all your friends.
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What's so exclusive about Amazon's Nirvana Live at Reading?
In answer to everyone who has wondered why they would pay $10.00 extra for the case and poster: You would pay it if you are a serious collector of Nirvana paraphernalia as am I. That's why there are collector's 2-disc editions of pretty much every DVD that comes out these days. Some people are... Read More
Oct 31, 2009 by Jereny S. Tackett |  See all 7 posts
missing track?????
This disappoints me, so even if it's a bad performance, it should be a complete performance, not a "we didn't like it" or "it's not as good as we hoped" situation, like a recent rerelease of some old concerts. I read somewhere that a couple classic live DVDs have done the... Read More
Nov 8, 2009 by Kris "Music Geek" |  See all 3 posts
Keepcase or jewelbox
Double dvd case which stacks the cd and dvd on top of each other and fits into a DVD sized slip case. I am disappointed with with packaging and wish they had just attached the normal cd release with this set.
Nov 4, 2009 by Spiderbite |  See all 3 posts
Why is this NOT #1 on Amazon?
I agree i was looking up them crooked vultures and saw it there. Wow i am excited. Lets see if we can make it number 1 by tomorrow?
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