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In Utero [3 LP][20th Anniversary Edition]
20th Anniversary Edition
Vinyl + Audio CD | Triple Vinyl
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In Utero - 20th Anniversary Remaster
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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, September 21, 1993
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To say that Nirvana's third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was 1993's most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini's recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock 'n' roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of 'Serve The Servants' through the bittersweet closing strains of 'All Apologies,' In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock 'n' roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they'd never seen coming-and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. As Rolling Stone's David Fricke said in his review at the time, 'In Utero is a lot of things-brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it's a triumph of the will.'
This 20th Anniversary 3LP Edition of the unwitting swansong of the single most influential band of the 1990s, features the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios on 2 LPs and for the first time available at high fidelity 45 RPM, plus a 33 1/3 RPM LP of all the remastered B-sides, never-before-heard mixes and bonus tracks from the original album release. All 3 LPs are on 180 gram vinyl.
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The remasters disc is my least favorite part of this. I like the original master because it had dynamics. Something that's lost in this remaster. However, it doesn't ruin the record. It's also nice to have the B-sides right there. Hearing Scott Litt's polished re-mix of Pennyroyal Tea is interesting, but I prefer the original mix still. I'm happy to finally hear Albini's mixes of Heart-Shaped Box and All Apologies. Though they sound exactly as I imagined.
The remix disc is very intriguing. Albini did the remix himself. So it's not some other producer trying to "improve" upon the original. In this disc he makes some interesting choices. In, "Serve the Servants" he uses an alternate solo which I frankly like better. It stands out from the mix better than the original, and is classic Kurt. For, "Dumb," he actually dumps the cello. Which I prefer, but he makes up for it by bringing the vocals up. It's quite fun to sit there and try to pick out the differences. It reminds me of the 20th version of Nevermind where you try and sense the differences in Butch Vig's mix of the songs from Wallace's.The demo's on this disc. are fun to hear. Mostly instrumental, so you get the the impression that the melodies and lyrics hadn't been finalized if written at all yet. You also get the demo of what I affectionately call the first Foo Fighters song Marigold.
Here is the part that I paid extra for. Getting the Live and Loud performance on both Audio CD and DVD. Now this performance was a big deal to me when I was 16. I had missed Nirvana's 1992 in studio performance at MTV. I onl;y saw the bits that were played after the fact. So Live and Loud was big to me when it happened. And it was great. However, when I saw that there was an audio version I was worried. I HATE live recordings. HATE! Let me clarify. I don't hate live performances. They're great when you'e there. But live recordings tend to Suck with a capital S! This one is very good. I mean VERY Good. It really captures the performance beautifully. The DVD is the performance in all it''s glory. And in it you get all the performances that didn't make it on to TV as well as rehearsals and bonus live content.
I highly recommend this version of In Utero's 20th anniversary to anyone who counts themselves as a Nirvana fan. Well worth the money.