Being one of the most talked about songs, cover designs, hidden tracks and bridges in all of rock, Nirvana’s Nevermind is re-issued this week. The format to look out for is the Super Deluxe with the original Butch Vig mix of the entire album, the unheard ‘The Boombox rehearsals’ and much more. Jon Kerr answers the burning questions…
Nirvana: Sold out?
One of the questions that has always loomed large over Nirvana is to what extent they sold out. The pun in the 1994 video title ‘Live! Tonight! Sold Out!’ was just one indicator that Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl loved to fuel this question at the height of their power. The 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition of Nevermind doesn’t do much to refute the idea that there are big greedy paws trying to wring as many dollar signs from what is already one of the top 30-40 biggest selling records in history.
Flogging a dead horse?
That is to say, does Nevermind have anything more to give? Those who have the album already, along with the B-sides and 2004’s With The Lights Out rarities collection might very well wonder. This edition does reunite the album with the relevant b-sides, yes, including ‘Curmudgeon’ and ‘Even in His Youth’ but there is more besides. There are two different mixes of the album for starters as well as various studio sessions and a plethora of live material spread across the extra CDs and the DVD. Fans will lap it up!
What do I get for my money?
Disc one is the remastered album, followed by B-sides and some live tracks. Disc two is demos recorded at Smart Studios before the album was fully written (The Boombox Rehearsals). Don’t expect high quality audio, but if listening to the first every recording of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ will excite you, then prepare to get excited. The Devonshire Mixes (by producer Butch Vig) is the whole album in an early, unpolished state. The last disc (DVD) is a live recording of the band performing at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in late 1991 featuring songs from Nevermind and their other albums. A 90-page photo book and a generally swish packaging complete the product.
How much money?
In the region of £80. That’s the wrong side of £15 per disc. In short, a Super Deluxe Edition at a Super Deluxe price for Super Deluxe fans only.