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In Utero - 20th Anniversary Remaster
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Vinyl, Special Edition, Original recording remastered, May 26, 2015
Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, September 21, 1993
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NIRVANA IN UTERO
Overwhelmed by sudden success, Nirvana promised to take a harsher, more abrasive route on their second major-label release. Enlisting Chicago-based noise maven Steve Albini (of Big Black fame), Kurt Cobain and company succeeded in producing a record that was violent, disillusioned, and deeply moving. Every song reads like a commentary on the cost of fame ("Serve the Servants") and the unhealthy relationship between performer and fan ("Milk It"). Of course, they might all simply be about Courtney Love. Gossip aside, there is no denying the sheer power of Cobain's songwriting, his singing, and the band's amazing, visceral power. Cobain even manages a John Lennon-like mantra at the end of the heart-wrenching "All Apologies." "All in all is all we are," he intones repeatedly, only for Cobain that's no consolation. --Percy Keegan
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I directly A/B'ed the Blu Ray and CD, both playing at the same time with the same song, switching back and forth, and my conclusion is that the difference between formats on this remaster is incredibly subtle. I've been a fan of high rez digital formats for a few years now- SACD, DVD-A, downloads from HD tracks, and now this format. I don't mean this as a diss on the record or the remastering job, just that the CD sounds really almost as good and I had to listen hard (with headphones) to really make out the difference in detail- you can just barely hear it in the drums, more body and depth in the snare. What you're hearing with this is the difference between a file at this resolution versus the dithered CD. Unfortunately the mix and master of this record is a bit too slamming to really show off the revealing details of the higher rez format unless you really listen for it.
Another reason I'd give it two stars, though, is because it doesn't contain the 2013 Albini mix that was a truly awesome listen on the CD. It's a much more dynamic, stripped down mix, and I'd love to hear it here. There's no reason why it couldn't have been included alongside the original album on the same disc.
I already own various versions of In Utero so I got this to have a complete collection. What is unique about this particular version is there is a remixed version of the album. I don't know if that was the version that was discarded when the album was recorded (if you don't know the history, record executives at Geffen/DGC didn't like the album and wanted Nirvana to re-record it) or if it was done after the fact.
While interesting, it's still a bit strange hearing alternate versions of the songs I've already been listening to for 20 years. If you are a huge Nirvana fan this is must-have to complete your collection, otherwise I'd recommend sticking with the regular version of the album.
There's a click in the right channel just before the 1st verse on Heart Shaped Box that really bugs me. It sounds clearly like a digital artifact and not part of the performance. Out of the 3 versions of heart shaped box on these discs I think it's on 2. The original release of course does not have the click.
Really a great album, remastered and reimagined. Thank you, Steve Albini, for not ruining this great album, unlike the remaster of Nevermind.