Here We Are Again. Entertain Us
Nirvana has released more albums posthumously than they did while together. The band released three albums before singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994, seven months after releasing In Utero (1993). The band’s second release, Nevermind, was released in 1991 to favorable reviews and is considered to have revolutionized music and culture. To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Nevermind, the album goes from 12 songs to 39 across two discs in remastered, deluxe-edition re-issues.
This release features all of the original tracks remastered, live performances, radio sessions and b-sides. You’ll hear three different versions of “Drain You,” but you’ll also hear several unreleased tracks, too. The additional live tracks on disc one come partly from live recordings at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle and partly from the O’Brien Pavilion in Del Mar. Cobain’s twangy, raspy and intense voice is clear and concise amongst all the bass and reverb. Sometimes it sounds like you can practically hear the spit coming out of his mouth as he sings, and you can always hear his angst. But the serious beating the subwoofers took back then can still be heard, too, in songs like “Come As You Are” on disc two.
Re-releasing Nevermind happily reminds everyone that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana should be remembered as more than a few overplayed hits on the radio. And for those super fans, there are super deluxe editions floating around as well to fulfill all your Nirvana cravings.