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Smells Like 'Nevermind 30th Anniversary' Edition is Out Now

by Rui Alves 9 months ago in 90s music
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Nevermind's box set features 70 new tracks by Nirvana

Screenshot from Video on Nirvana's YouTube

Nirvana started releasing the Nevermind's 30th Anniversary editions on November 12. The box set es available in several formats: CD, LP+7”, 5CDs+Blu-ray, and digital.

Kurt Donald Cobain passed away twenty-seven years ago in 1994, three years after Nirvana released Nevermind. He was an American musician, poet, songwriter, and the frontman of a generation.

For Nirvana's fandom, Kurt was an idol. Critics describe him as a pathfinder in the fringes of alternative music and a beacon of hope for a fading genre. For an introverted teenager who obviously would favor acceptance instead of flattery, he was a reflection on the mirror. Kurt Cobain was my hero.

Heroes don't die, isn't that right, Superman? Well, mine did… his mind ripped apart by a vicious nemesis injected into his veins that would ultimately obliviate the notion that he was loved and disarm any instinct of self-preservation.

Kurt was found three days later in the greenhouse of his Seattle home. Scattered by his side, authorities found a pair of sunglasses, a Tom Moore cigar box for heroin-use paraphernalia, a cigarette butt, a matching box of American Spirit menthol, plus his wallet and an ID card.

Inside a flower pot pierced by the same red ink pen that wrote it; laid one of the most scrutinized suicide notes in music history. The blood-red lettering inspired by Neil Young lyrics standing defiant over the scribblings of a tormented soul: "… It's better to burn out than to fade away…."

Official Audio for “Polly” by Nirvana from the ‘Nevermind’ 30th-anniversary release.

How 'Nevermind' Revamped Rock 'n' Roll

The release of Nirvana's Nevermind on September 24, 1991, was a musical landmark for an entire generation and revolutionized global youth culture.

The record reached number one on the worldwide charts in the following months; its impact would elevate Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl from a promising cult band to one of the most influential and successful bands of all time.

Nevermind put nineties rock on the top sales charts and continues to be a unique source of inspiration to fans and musicians over the past three decades. It undoubtedly will linger on and continue to inspire our youth for generations to come.

Official Audio for “Drain You” by Nirvana from the ‘Nevermind’ 30th-anniversary release.

Smells Like 30-Year Old Spirit

The 30th Anniversary Nevermind reissue is available in several formats: CD, LP+7”, 5CDs+Blu-ray, and digital.

The album was remastered from the original analog recordings and is now available in high resolution 192kHz 24 bit.

A total of 94 audio and video tracks - 70 previously unreleased - will be available in formats ranging from Super Deluxe to Standard digital / CD editions to vinyl with a bonus 7".

The five-CD Box that includes Nevermind tour audios from the concerts in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Del Mar in California, Melbourne in Australia, and Tokyo in Japan:

  • "Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands" (recorded and filmed November 25, 1991, at the famous club Paradiso);
  • "Live in Del Mar, California" (recorded December 28, 1991, at the Pat O'Brien Pavilion in Del Mar);
  • "Live in Melbourne, Australia for triple j" (recorded February 1, 1992, at The Palace in St. Kilda);
  • "Live in Melbourne, Australia for triple j" (recorded February 1, 1992, at The Palace in St. Kilda). Kilda); and "Live in Tokyo, Japan" (recorded at Nakano Sunplaza on February 19, 1992).
Official Music Video for Breed (Live at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands 1991) performed by Nirvana.

The four newly remastered concerts are included in the Super Deluxe editions of Nevermind, which will be available on both vinyl (8LPs - 180-gram black vinyl - plus a 7 "featuring "Endless, Nameless," "Even In His Youth," and "Aneurysm").

The Box also includes a Blu-ray of the complete and newly remastered HD video of the Amsterdam concert, as well as a 40-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos.

The 8-LP edition will be available in spring 2022.

Final Remarks

Nevermind 30th-Anniversary release is out now, thus it's time to grab a copy of what sounds like a mammoth collector's item that offers some extra treats to Nirvana fans worldwide.

Official Audio for “Loung Act” by Nirvana from the ‘Nevermind’ 30th-anniversary release.


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About the author

Rui Alves

I write to find the surrogate writer in me.

Rui is a graduate of the University of Porto, teacher, and life-coach.

He is also a partner of Rock n’Heavy and the founder of ZENite.

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