Nirvana

Nirvana

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Considering the long and tortuous legal wrangling behind this retrospective collection from grunge kings Nirvana, its very existence is something of a miracle. But even more extraordinary is the unblemished way in which the assembled tunes have aged, a testament to the late Kurt Cobain's soulful songwriting and the band's earnest, unaffected performances, traits that… See more details below

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Considering the long and tortuous legal wrangling behind this retrospective collection from grunge kings Nirvana, its very existence is something of a miracle. But even more extraordinary is the unblemished way in which the assembled tunes have aged, a testament to the late Kurt Cobain's soulful songwriting and the band's earnest, unaffected performances, traits that set them apart from the legions of grunge-styled bands following in their wake. That's probably most clear in the writhing, pounding grooves of the much-discussed "You Know You're Right" -- an "important" song because it's the last complete tune to be recorded by Nirvana, but a song that reaches undeniable greatness because of the undiluted passion Cobain poured into it. Beyond that stellar cut -- the disc's sole unreleased item -- Nirvana collects all the touchstones one would expect ("Smells like Teen Spirit," "Lithium," "Come as You Are") as well as nods to both the band's indie material and its later, more delicate side. The Sub Pop years are represented by the desperate-sounding "Sliver" and "About a Girl," while the fragility of Cobain's later compositions is showcased on "Heart Shaped Box" and "Pennyroyal Tea" (presented here in a version remixed by Scott Litt). Rounding out the set are live renditions of "All Apologies" and David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." Beyond the essential "You Know You're Right," longtime fans won't find many surprises here, but as a representation of what Nirvana was all about, Nirvana is impossible to fault.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The long-awaited single-disc anthology of Nirvana's work, simply titled Nirvana, has all the hits and many of the radio favorites, plus the very good previously unreleased final recording, "You Know You're Right."
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
A surprising continuity rolls through all the familiar songs on the set.
Spin Magazine - Chuck Klosterman
It's a retrospective that resurrects all the questions Cobain left unanswered when he left us. (10)
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
By the end, you'll be happy to have relived the band's glories -- and bummed all over again. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0606949350727
catalogNumber:
493507
Rank:
15194

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Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Pat Smear   Guitar
Chad Channing   Drums
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grohl   Drums,Vocals
Krist Novoselic   Bass
Dan Peters   Drums
Lori Goldston   Cello

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Nirvana   Producer
Jack Endino   Engineer
Steve Fisk   Engineer
Steve Albini   Engineer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Adam Kasper   Engineer
Scott Litt   Producer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer,Engineer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Robert Fisher   Art Direction

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