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Nevermind [20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
     

Nevermind [20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]

by Nirvana
 

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Nevermind was never meant to change the world, but you can never predict when the Zeitgeist will hit, and Nirvana's second album turned out to be the place where alternative rock crashed into the mainstream. This wasn't entirely an accident, either, since Nirvana did sign with a major label, and they did release a record with a shiny

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Nevermind was never meant to change the world, but you can never predict when the Zeitgeist will hit, and Nirvana's second album turned out to be the place where alternative rock crashed into the mainstream. This wasn't entirely an accident, either, since Nirvana did sign with a major label, and they did release a record with a shiny surface, no matter how humongous the guitars sounded. And, yes, Nevermind is probably a little shinier than it should be, positively glistening with echo and fuzzbox distortion, especially when compared with the black-and-white murk of Bleach. This doesn't discount the record, since it's not only much harder than any mainstream rock of 1991, its character isn't on the surface, it's in the exhilaratingly raw music and haunting songs. Kurt Cobain's personal problems and subsequent suicide naturally deepen the dark undercurrents, but no matter how much anguish there is on Nevermind, it's bracing because he exorcizes those demons through his evocative wordplay and mangled screams -- and because the band has a tremendous, unbridled power that transcends the pain, turning into pure catharsis. And that's as key to the record's success as Cobain's songwriting, since Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl help turn this into music that is gripping, powerful, and even fun (and, really, there's no other way to characterize "Territorial Pissings" or the surging "Breed"). In retrospect, Nevermind may seem a little too unassuming for its mythic status -- it's simply a great modern punk record -- but even though it may no longer seem life-changing, it is certainly life-affirming, which may just be better.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2011
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527779058
catalogNumber:
001588500
Rank:
77625

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Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Kirk Canning   Cello
Chad Channing   Drums
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grohl   Drums,Vocals
Chris Novoselic   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cale   Composer
Nirvana   Producer,Engineer
Lou Reed   Composer
Greg Sage   Composer
Maureen Tucker   Composer
Miti Adhikari   Producer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Sterling Morrison   Composer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer,Engineer
Andy Wallace   Producer,Engineer
Craig Montgomery   Producer,Engineer
Tim Durham   Engineer
Fred Kay   Engineer
Mike Engles   Engineer
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
Barrett Jones   Producer,Engineer
Everett True   Writer
Eugene Kelly   Composer
Phil Alexander   Liner Notes
Frances McKee   Composer
Kirk Weddle   Cover Photo
Kevin Kerslake   Director
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
John Taylor   Engineer
Samuel Bayer   Director
Sylvia Patterson   Liner Notes
Mark Racco   Director
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Chet Powers   Composer
Ron Kay   Executive Producer
John Linson   Producer

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