Bleach [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This is one case where the legend really precedes the record itself. Cut for about 600 dollars in Jack Endino's studio over just a matter of days, this captures Nirvana at a formative stage, still indebted to the murk that became known as grunge, yet not quite finding their voice as songwriters. Which isn't to say that they were devoid of original material, since even at this stage Kurt Cobain illustrated signs of his considerable songcraft, particularly on the minor-key ballad "About a Girl" and the dense churn of "Blew." A few songs come close to that level, but that's more a triumph of sound than structure, as "Negative Creep" and "School" get by on attitude ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This is one case where the legend really precedes the record itself. Cut for about 600 dollars in Jack Endino's studio over just a matter of days, this captures Nirvana at a formative stage, still indebted to the murk that became known as grunge, yet not quite finding their voice as songwriters. Which isn't to say that they were devoid of original material, since even at this stage Kurt Cobain illustrated signs of his considerable songcraft, particularly on the minor-key ballad "About a Girl" and the dense churn of "Blew." A few songs come close to that level, but that's more a triumph of sound than structure, as "Negative Creep" and "School" get by on attitude and churn, while the cover of "Love Buzz" winds up being one of the highlights because this gives a true menace to their sound, thanks to its menacing melody. The rest of it sinks into the sludge, as the group itself winds up succumbing to grinding sub-metallic riffing that has little power, due to lack of riffs and lack of a good drummer. Bleach is more than a historical curiosity since it does have its share of great songs, but it isn't a lost classic -- it's a debut from a band that shows potential but haven't yet achieved it. [Sub Pop's 20th anniversary edition of Bleach offers a remastered version of the proper album -- good, but there's only so much sonic improvement that can be done for an album that was recorded for a few hundred dollars. The real news here is the addition of a complete Portland, OR, concert from February 9, 1990, an 11-song set that runs through the highlights of Bleach and adds "Dive" and "Been a Son," the Vaselines cover "Molly's Lips," and an early stab at "Sappy." That Nirvana sound forceful isn't a surprise, but they also sound surprisingly tight -- a little bit looser than they would sound within a year, but they're clearly marshaling their forces, gaining strength and skill. This concert may not be as epochal as the group's 1992 headlining appearance at Reading -- a CD/DVD set of which was released the same day as the Bleach anniversary edition -- but this is a terrific document of Nirvana's early days, proving they were a tremendous band before Dave Grohl came aboard.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787083422
  • Catalog Number: 70834
  • Sales rank: 21,682

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blew (2:54)
  2. 2 Floyd the Barber (2:18)
  3. 3 About a Girl (2:48)
  4. 4 School (2:42)
  5. 5 Love Buzz (3:35)
  6. 6 Paper Cuts (4:05)
  7. 7 Negative Creep (2:55)
  8. 8 Scoff (4:10)
  9. 9 Swap Meet (3:02)
  10. 10 Mr. Moustache (3:23)
  11. 11 Sifting (5:22)
  12. 12 Big Cheese (3:42)
  13. 13 Downer (1:43)
  14. 14 Intro (0:52)
  15. 15 School (2:36)
  16. 16 Floyd the Barber (2:16)
  17. 17 Dive (3:42)
  18. 18 Love Buzz (2:57)
  19. 19 Spank Thru (2:59)
  20. 20 Molly's Lips (2:15)
  21. 21 Sappy (3:19)
  22. 22 Scoff (3:52)
  23. 23 About a Girl (2:27)
  24. 24 Been a Son (2:00)
  25. 25 Blew (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nirvana Primary Artist
Dale Crover Drums
Chad Channing Drums
Krist Novoselic Bass
Technical Credits
Jack Endino Producer, Engineer
Kurt Cobain Composer
George Marino Mastering
Krist Novoselic Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Jeff Kleinsmith Art Direction
Tracy Marander Cover Photo
Eugene Kelly Composer
Frances McKee Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    20 Years Of "Bleach"

    It's hard to believe that Nirvana's debut album from Sub Pop, "Bleach", is twenty years old (!). Yet, Sub Pop has done a great job re-releasing albums from bands like Mudhoney and The Vaselines that it seemed only a matter of time before they got around to its most famous and incendiary act. Recorded in just a few days by producer Jack Endino on a budget of $600, "Bleach" is not the instant groundbreaking classic that "Nevermind" would become. In fact, when "Bleach" was first released in 1989, it came and went in the blink of an eye. Looking back on it now, there's no mistaking it as an overlooked, low-fi gem. The band, which featured Chad Channing on the drums at the time, sounds tight and assured, considering how quickly it was made. Unlike most bands of their ilk, Nirvana enjoyed melody as much as it enjoyed feedback. This explains why Cobain couldn't resist doing "pop" songs like "About A Girl". But when the group tears into neo-metal tunes such as "School" and "Negative Creep", you can feel this scrappy band is ready for bigger things. With this special edition, there is a second disc featuring the group in concert, including early versions of "Sappy", "Been A Son" and a cover of The Vaseline's "Molly's Lips". It's hard not to get emotional when listening to Nirvana's music, not only for the loss of Cobain but also the loss of integrity and honesty in most of today's young performers. However, if one wants to know how much we've truly lost with the death of this band, check out CD or DVD of Nirvana's 1992 concert at The Reading Festival in England. With David Grohl on the drums, Nirvana was unquestionably the most lively and exciting band on the planet at the time. As Cobain bounced around and breathed fire into those pithy, timeless songs, he and his band unintentionally made other rock bands look tired, boring and predictable, something which is more than missed these days. With "Nevermind" reaching its 20th anniversary in just two years, one can only hope that a re-release of THAT record will be just as great as this stuff is.

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