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LP (12" album, 33 rpm), 12" (12" single, 33/45 rpm), 180 gram, Box Set, Gatefold
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Limited four 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this groundbreaking album from the Grunge trio including 27 bonus tracks. Features the album plus B-sides, the Smart Studio sessions, boombox rehearsals and BBC sessions. Released in September 1991, Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who'd unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone. 39 tracks.
When Nevermind exploded into earshot in the autumn of 1991, it was startling: a grenade detonating in your car radio. It sounded like the end of something (the 1980s? hair metal?), or maybe the beginning of something ("alternative rock"? "Generation X"?). Today, the album has become so encrusted with myth, that it's hard to wrap your ears around it, to really hear it. In 2005, the Library of Congress added Nevermind to its roll call of the world's most significant recordings. It's a museum piece, a record that merits a display in the Smithsonian. And, of course, a doorstopper 20th-anniversary box set.
How you choose to mark the occasion will depend on the state of your stock portfolio, and the degree of your wonkiness. The Deluxe Edition augments the remastered LP with fantastic B sides (check "Curmudgeon," featuring the howlingest metal- dude vocal Kurt Cobain ever recorded) and stupefying live performances; plus demos, previously unreleased BBC sessions and eight cruddy-vérité "boombox rehearsals" of Nevermind tracks. Fork out an extra $100-plus for the Super Deluxe Edition and you get all that, plus a version of Nevermind mixed by Butch Vig, before Andy Wallace was brought in for the final mix, a CD and DVD of a mind-blowing 1991concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, and a 90-page book.
The extras offer history lessons - and help you hear Nevermind with fresh ears. The live versions of "Breed" and "Drain You" show why Nirvana may be the greatest power trio ever: The heave and thrust of Krist Novoselic's bass, the Bonhamworthy attack of Dave Grohl's drums, the tumult of Cobain's singing, which proved screaming yourself hoarse could be as powerful, and as beautiful, as any vocal style. Compare the boombox demos with the finished LP - where Cobain's songs were burnished to a fiery glow - and you realize it was pop, not punk, that turned Nirvana into the biggest band on Earth. As works of melodic craftsmanship, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Lithium" and "Lounge Act" are up there with the best of Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson and other genius hook masters.
Twenty years on, Nevermind is everywhere: Its loud-quiet-loud dynamics even power hits by Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The lasting impact on mainstream bubblegum is ironic, considering its big theme: the ambivalence of an independent band going for the brass ring. Just listen to the dripping disdain of Cobain's most famous refrain: "Here we are now, entertain us."
Cobain claimed to be embarrassed by Nevermind's glossy production: "It's closer to a Mötley Crüe record than it is a punk-rock record," he said. Of course, that's what you expect him to say. His punk purism was a religion, but it was also a shtick, his version of showbiz. Listening to Nevermind now, you marvel at what a good show the band puts on. For a record so full of angst, it's quite a party - an adrenaline rush that sweeps you up. That's not a feeling you can pin to any genre or ideology. That's not punk or grunge or even pop. That's entertainment. -- Rolling Stone 5/5 stars - September 27, 2011See all Editorial Reviews
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They replaced it and let me keep the first one, as well.
One of the greatest albums ever - we love this CD. Had it years ago & lost it; just recently replaced it. We are old school & still like to pop Cd's in! Great customer service by Amazon.
Look up on Youtube "Nirvana Nevermind Vinyl Shootout". It won't let me send the link directly.
Basically this album is a favourite among Nirvana fans, as I've come to notice. I think it's quite fresh and young-sounding compared to In Utero which sounds much more "bitter", for lack of a better word. Nevermind is exciting. Specially if you haven't listened to a lot of Nirvana. It would actually be great to listen to if you're "trying to get into Nirvana". Although I got into them by listening to In Utero. I do think It'd be smarter to listen to this one first, since In Utero can be quite heavy on the ears (lyrics AND sounds), and would be better understood and enjoyed if you have heard this album before. personal favourite tracks: breed, territorial pissings, drain you.