Nirvana (90s US grunge band)

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Nirvana is a band whose shows and session recordings have been widely bootlegged as unofficial videos, CDs and raw WAV/FLAC files and mp3s. Details of these releases have been added to Musicbrainz where the sources have been confirmed.

Date and venue information current with information from the Nirvana LiveGuide (July 12, 2007 Update).
Date and venue information current with information from the LiveNirvana (August 3, 2007 Update).
Bootlegs known to exist current with LiveNirvana (August 3, 2007 Update).

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Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era. Though the band dissolved in 1994, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture.

In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana's sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band's frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana being considered the "flagship band" of Generation X. In response, Nirvana's third studio album, In Utero (1993), released to critical acclaim, featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience.

Nirvana's active career ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain's widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

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1992 Eight Songs for Greg Sage and the Wipers Various Artists 2
1994 Fifteen Minutes: A Tribute to Velvet Underground Various Artists 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
2012 Sounds Nicer When It's Nasty Part II Nasty P 1

Album + Compilation

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1988 Sub Pop 200 Various Artists 1
1990 Heaven & Hell: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground, Volume One Various Artists 6
1991 Kill Rock Stars Various Artists 2
1991 Teriyaki Asthma, Vols. I-V Various Artists 1
1993 No Alternative Various Artists 4 2
1993 The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience Various Artists 6
1994 DGC Rarities, Volume 1 Various Artists 4
1994 The Grunge Years Various Artists 1
1996 Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense Various Artists 2
1996 Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
1997 Les Inrockuptibles: 10 ans/100 chansons Various Artists 1
1998 The Birth of Alternative, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 SNL25: Saturday Night Live, the Musical Performances, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 20 Jahre U4 Various Artists 1
2000 Wild and Wooly: The Northwest Rock Collection Various Artists 1
2001 Music of the Millennium Various Artists 1
2006 Essential Bands Various Artists 1
2006 Rock & Pop Remixed, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2007 90s Anthems Various Artists 1
2009 Triple J: Hottest 100 of All Time Various Artists 1
2009 Unpiecing the Jigsaw: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground Various Artists 1
2010 Sub Pop Cybersex Digital Sampler v. 2.10 (2010/2009) Various Artists 1
2010 Digital Bang: Sub Pop's Amazon Sampler Various Artists 1
2011 Fetenhits: The Real Classics 6 Various Artists 1
2011 Les Inrockuptibles et la Fnac présentent : Les Beaux Labels, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
AOX #2 Various Artists 1
Baladas Unplugged Various Artists 1
Best Alternative Ballades Various Artists 1
Birth of Alternative, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Dirtblonde Mixtape Various Artists 1
DMC DJ's Guide to... Student Anthems Various Artists 1
Golden Rock Ballads, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
Iguana Dance Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 3: Alternative Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 72: Alternative Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 06: Rock Various Artists 1
Meedeiners, Volume 06 Various Artists 1
Music of the Millenium Various Artists 1
Rock Circus - Rock, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
Singles Old, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Biggest Hits Live USA Vol. 9 Various Artists 1
1999 SNL 25: The Musical Performances, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Rock Phenomenon: Hip-Hop vs. Rock Mash-Ups DJ Vlad & Roc Raida 2
2015 TomorrowWorld 2015: The Experience Various Artists 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Extraordinary Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Sub Pop 200 Various Artists 1
1991 The Year Punk Broke Various Artists 1
1996 Hype! Surviving the Northwest Rock Explosion Various Artists 5 1
1996 Hype! The Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2008 Guitar Hero: World Tour Various Artists 1


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1993 Chartbusters October 1993 Various Artists 1


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