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Nirvana 20th anniversary editions
Posted by All Good Clean Records 05.04.2014
In 1989 Nirvana released their first full length album “Bleach”. Two years later their second studio album “Nevermind” became a massive success and just before it all ended with Cobains suicide in 1994, they released In Utero in September 1993. In memory of Kurt Cobains death on the 5th of April 1994 we have taken a closer look at the original releases and compared them to the 20th anniversary editions that have been released on both CD and vinyl during the last four years.
Nirvanas debut album was released in June 1989 on vinyl, CD and cassette on the Sub Pop label.
1992 German CD edition of Bleach on Geffen Records
Nirvana Bleach on vinyl -
2009 20th Anniversary CD edition 2009 20th Anniversary CD edition, comes in a 3-panel Digipak with CD housed inside a cardboard sleeve. + Live recordings from Pine Street Theatre - Portland, Oregon February 9, 1990.
Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991 on vinyl, CD and cassette by DGC Records.
The album's liner notes contain no complete song lyrics; instead, the liner contains random song lyrics and unused lyrical fragments that Cobain arranged into a poem.
1991 European CD edition
September 2011, in honor of the album's 20th anniversary a 2-CD Deluxe Edition and a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition was released. The first disc on both editions feature the original album with studio and live b-sides. The second disc on both editions features early recordings of sessions that featured songs that would later appear on the album, including the Smart Studio sessions and some band rehearsals recorded with a Boombox. The second disc is rounded out by two BBC session recordings. The third disc, exclusive to the Super Deluxe Edition, features alternate mixes made by Butch Vig, dubbed the 'Devonshire Mixes', of all the songs on the album except "Polly" and "Endless, Nameless". The fourth and fifth discs on the Super Deluxe Editions are CD and DVD versions of Live at the Paramount.
In Utero 1993
Cobain originally wanted to name the album I Hate Myself and I Want to Die. The band then considered using Verse Chorus Verse—a title taken from its song "Verse Chorus Verse", and an earlier working title of "Sappy" before eventually settling on In Utero.
1993 European CD edition
In Utero 2013
To commemorate the album's 20th anniversary, DGC Records reissued the album in several different versions and formats on September 24, 2013.
- Super Deluxe Boxset (3CD+1DVD) - Remastered version of the album plus 31 bonus tracks, 17 live tracks (on CD and DVD), 11 bonus videos and 56 page book.
- Deluxe Edition (2CDs) - Same as the Standard Edition plus 23 additional bonus tracks.
- Vinyl Anniversary Edition (3LP) - Remastered version of the album plus 8 bonus tracks.
In Utero 2013 (RSD Black Friday edition)
Vinyl 20th Anniversary Edition. Black Friday 2013 edition (2LP) - Record Store Exclusive Release on 180g vinyl. Features expanded artwork with unreleased photos and includes a digital download card of the 2013 mix.
The 20th anniversary issues are beautiful collector items and has a lot of cool previously unreleased tracks, recordings and mixes. The booklets also contains previously unreleased material and photos and the overall quality of the box sets is superb! A real must have for Nirvana collectors.
With the Lights Out 2004
...But in our opinion, the 2004 release With the Lights Out is the most important release with previously unreleased material. New mixes and live recordings are always exiting, but seen from our point of view, the far most important Nirvana release after Cobains death is the 3CD+DVD that gave os the opportunity to listen to tracks, that at the time, only where available on bootleg CDs and poor quality MP3 files.