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EDITORS’ NOTES

For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind album, several different versions are available. All feature remastered sound that brings up the volume and slightly smooths the rougher edges without sacrificing the band’s power and appeal. The super deluxe edition is the ultimate collection; yet for those wanting to experience more music from that rich creative era without breaking the bank, the deluxe edition has a terrific cross-section of outtakes, live cuts, b-sides, and original Nevermind recordings made with producer Butch Vig at his Smart Studios, along with “boombox demos” that feature Nirvana at its most raw and ready. The riches are overwhelming. The “boombox” recordings of “Old Age,” “Come as You Are,” and, of course, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” prove how much Kurt Cobain’s voice could do naturally. The cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Here She Comes Now,” the alternate take of “Polly,” and multiple versions of “Something in the Way” show off the band’s underrated softer side.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind album, several different versions are available. All feature remastered sound that brings up the volume and slightly smooths the rougher edges without sacrificing the band’s power and appeal. The super deluxe edition is the ultimate collection; yet for those wanting to experience more music from that rich creative era without breaking the bank, the deluxe edition has a terrific cross-section of outtakes, live cuts, b-sides, and original Nevermind recordings made with producer Butch Vig at his Smart Studios, along with “boombox demos” that feature Nirvana at its most raw and ready. The riches are overwhelming. The “boombox” recordings of “Old Age,” “Come as You Are,” and, of course, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” prove how much Kurt Cobain’s voice could do naturally. The cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Here She Comes Now,” the alternate take of “Polly,” and multiple versions of “Something in the Way” show off the band’s underrated softer side.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
219 Ratings
219 Ratings
Ryan McMaster ,

How to Write a Review That Nobody Will Read

Nevermind the naysayers that are wasting their time writing negative reviews of this classic. Fans such as I aren't paying attention to your incoherent ramblings, so save your breath and whatever calories you have burned by typing. Seriously though, it's pretty hilarious how off base such comments are. The record changed a lot of things and not all of it for better, but to deny it's relevance is just plain ignorant. Still, none of that wouldn't mean anything without the great songwriting, which it has in spades. Nirvana weren't about technical playing proficiency. They were about simple, emotionally powerful songs that cut to your soul. Anything Dave Grohl has done since has paled in comparison and he has gone to great lengths to praise the merits of this album himself. We all know such people aren't going to stop us from checking this out, so let's just laugh at them and move on. Whatever music that is so much more "worth my time" was likely influenced by this record if it is rock and roll and has been released in the last two decades. Where's the classic album you made that changed the face of popular music? Jealousy is such a bitter emotion.

weezer fanatic ,

Tim The Clown

Really Tim? You don't have to like this album, but it changed a lot. First, it was recorded before Pro Tools which most of the bands you like now use. So, you actually had to have talent back then. While I enjoy some of the bands today, they really all sound the same when you think about it. Second, this album came out before Nickelback , Staind, Matchbox Twenty, and brought alternative music to the forefront. It was a whole movement. So, you don't have to like it, but you should respect it. Third, the Beatles were three chord songs also, but that doesn't mean they weren't brilliant. Between the lyrics and music. It doesn't have to have more for it to be great. It makes me sad listening to this album remastered because even though it was over 20 years ago it absolutely destroys whats out today. Times were different back then so imagine when it first got released.

Michael-L-Lena ,

Good for fans

Some cool unreleased demos of song you've already heard, but that's not a bad thing, it's interesting to see the songs in the early stages if their life with improvised lyrics and so on.

About Nirvana

Even now, years after you first felt its edges, the chorus of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” still sounds too dangerous—too loud, too ugly, too upset—for any mainstream. And yet, Nirvana’s 1991 single didn’t just mark an unlikely breakthrough for the Seattle trio, it upended popular culture in ways we’ve haven’t seen since. Punk became pop, grunge became global vernacular, industry walls became rubble, and frontman Kurt Cobain became the reluctant voice of a generation in need of catharsis, all seemingly overnight. Though his 1994 suicide would see the band dissolve just as abruptly as they’d arrived, their story is now rock’n’roll parable and their influence still felt—as punks, icons, Hall of Famers, purveyors of haunting melody and often terrifying noise.

ORIGIN
Aberdeen, WA
FORMED
1987

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