Nevermind

~ Release group by Nirvana

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Nevermind CD 12 Geffen Records, DGC Records, Sub Pop Records 424 425-2, DGCD 24425, GED 24425 720642442524
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records, Sub Pop Records DGCD-24425 720642442524
Nevermind CD 12 Geffen Records GED24425 0720642442524
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records DGCD-24425 720642442524
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records DGCD-24425 720642442524
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records CDGCD 24425 777497492006
Nevermind 12" Vinyl 12 DGC Records, Geffen Records DGC 24425, GEF 24425 720642442517
Nevermind CD 12 Geffen Records DGCD 24425, GED 24425 720642442524
Nevermind Vinyl 12 DGC Records 424 425-1 0720642442517
Nevermind CD 12 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 666 015775166622
Nevermind 12" Vinyl 12 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-258 015775125810
Nevermind ("320" pressing) 12" Vinyl 12 DGC Records 424 425-1 0720642442517
Nevermind (Limited Edition) CD 12 Geffen Records UICY-93358
Nevermind 12" Vinyl 12 DGC Records 720642442517
Nevermind (limited edition) SHM-CD 12 Geffen Records UICY-91223 4988005537614
Nevermind (blue) 12" Vinyl 12 Original Recordings Group ORG 032
Nevermind (black) 12" Vinyl 12 Original Recordings Group ORG 032
Nevermind CD 13 0602527779089
Nevermind (20th anniversary deluxe edition) 4×12" Vinyl 12 + 12 + 9 + 7 Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 60252777904 602527779041
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records, Sub Pop Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) 0602527779089 602527779089
Nevermind (super deluxe edition) 4×Digital Media 22 + 18 + 11 + 19 Geffen Records [none]
Nevermind (deluxe edition) 2×CD 21 + 18 DGC Records, Sub Pop Records, UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B001588302 602527779034
Nevermind (deluxe edition) 2×CD 21 + 18 DGC Records, Geffen Records, Sub Pop Records 0602527779034 602527779034
Nevermind (20th anniversary super deluxe edition) 4×CD + DVD 21 + 18 + 11 + 19 + 23 Geffen Records 0602527779058
Nevermind CD 12 DGC Records B0015887-02 602527779089
Nevermind (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 22 + 18 Geffen Records
Nevermind Digital Media 13 Geffen Records
Nevermind CD 21 Geffen Records B0015960-02 602527795973
Nevermind 12" Vinyl 12 Geffen Records DGC-21125 720642442517
Nevermind Blu-ray 12 Universal UMC 600753423844 600753423844
Nevermind CD 12 The David Geffen Company 424 425-2, DGCD 24425, GED 24425 720642442524
Bootleg
Nevermind CD 13 AD-098 7015178246138
Nevermind CD 13 DGCD 24426
Nevermind CD 13 GED 24459
(unknown)
Nevermind 12" Vinyl 12 USM Japan (read the annotation before using!) UIJY-9009

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Come as You Are
In Bloom
Lithium
Smells Like Teen Spirit
covers: A Tribute to Nevermind by Various Artists
Come as You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute to Nirvana's 'Nevermind' by Various Artists
Nevermind by Kevin Devine
SPIN Presents Newermind by Various Artists
The String Quartet Tribute to Nirvana’s Nevermind by Vitamin String Quartet
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000185616 [info]
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/master/13814 [info]
Wikidata: Q17444 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Nevermind [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Nirvana:Nevermind_(1991) [info]
other databases: http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/26430 [info]
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With 30 million copies sold worldwide since its original release on 24 September 1991, Nevermind is as much a part of the classic rock canon as anything by the Stones or The Beatles, Dylan or The Clash. But then, you know that. It's been in the uppermost reaches of any best-albums-ever list for as long as this writer can remember; its legacy, its influence, is undeniable. And what its unexpected success - a then-optimistic label estimate of selling 250,000 copies was blown out of the water - meant for primary songwriter Kurt Cobain has been well-documented. The frontman had a troubled relationship with fame: on the one hand he'd been desperate for it, but on the other he missed his anonymity desperately. And we all know what happened in April 1994, leading to the end of Nirvana after just three studio LPs and less than six years as a record-releasing force.

Given the album's standing in the rock firmament, it's only right that its 20th anniversary is marked with a lavish repackaging, and sure enough a four-CD-and-one-DVD set has been assembled. Also available is a smaller, double-disc release, featuring the original album (plus a spread of B sides from its singles, and live versions of non-Nevermind tracks Sliver, Been a Son and School) alongside a collection of cuts from the band's Smart Sessions - when Chad Channing was still their drummer - and a number of ear-piercing rehearsal takes taped directly onto a boombox. This 'Demos and Sessions' disc is also part of the larger package.

The Smart Sessions are of particular interest - it was these recordings, made in Wisconsin with Nevermind producer Butch Vig at the desk, which attracted the attention of DGC, a label with the financial power to buy the band out of its Sub Pop contract. Encouraged by Sonic Youth, the label did so and the rest (as they say) is history. Channing's drumming on the takes isn't up to the standard Dave Grohl would later exhibit - but it's not so bad that the band would have suffered for his continued employment. One wonders how far Cobain and bandmate Krist Novoselic had to distance themselves from the drummer before he got the message. Non-LP tracks are here, too, with previously unreleased recordings of Sappy and Breed when it was still titled Immodium (sic) included. The boombox versions will be familiar to anyone who owns the With the Lights Out boxset of 2004 - awful on the ears, they're guides for the band foremost, and a nuisance for anyone else with a respect of fidelity. Whatever's lower than lo-fi, it never stoops further than this.

A full live set fills one of the remaining discs, recorded live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle for Halloween 1991. This also makes up the DVD (certain clips were taken from the performance for the band's 1994 video, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), along with the iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit music video and those for the rest of Nevermind's singles. And the final CD is home to perhaps the most fascinating tracks: 'Devonshire Mixes' of Nevermind, running in the order of the final album, albeit without Polly and Endless Nameless. Butch Vig put these together as the album was coming together, so they're as much his vision as the band's - which, to fans, will be welcomed after Andy Wallace's heavy-handed mixing of Nevermind wiped clean some of its rawness. Cobain famously called the end product, despite his choosing of Wallace for the job, "closer to a Motley Crue record than a punk record".

Wallace would be vindicated by sales figures, of course. And Cobain and company would, for a while, be the biggest band in the world, as Nevermind conquered the Billboard Chart and then the hearts and minds of teenagers (and those who were still young enough at heart) worldwide. That it all came crumbling apart is, of course, a crying shame; but in these songs there are hopes and dreams, fire and desire. Cobain might have been portayed as a woe-is-me type; but many of his songs here are as bright as any successful pop record of the past 40 years. His pop-loving child inside ensured that the hard-edged punk-rocker he'd grown into never lost sight of a catchy melody or a winning hook, and it's because of this, and Wallace's gloss, that Nirvana made it. But, should you be keen to pick your way through the evolutionary process of one of rock's greatest ever long-players, hearing every fuzzy demo and work-in-progress chorus, now you've the chance like never before.

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Before its September 1991 release, Geffen Records were hoping to sell 250,000 copies of Nevermind. But Nirvana's second album went on to shift 100 times that amount; and, since the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain in April 1994, its surprise success has been acknowledged as a factor in its primary songwriter's tragic demise.

With hindsight it is easy to work out why Cobain struggled with the LP after its completion and release. In Utero, Nirvana's third and final studio album of 1993, was a difficult, abrasive record; compared to its predecessor, it's clearly the product of a mind pushed beyond its limit. Cobain would dismiss Nevermind, the follow-up to 1989's scrappy debut Bleach, as "a Motley Crue record" rather than the punk album that may have been initially intended.

The tunes are still ace, but there is an unquestionable MTV sheen plastered over the bulk of them. The band enlisted Butch Vig to produce the record and trusted him behind the desk. But when mixing went awry, Slayer mixer Andy Wallace was brought in to tweak the final mixes. While Wallace used less studio trickery than the average pop producer, Kurt was right: what now sits on 26 million shelves is definitely not punk.

Instead, it's an awesome mainstream rock record. Its four standalone cuts, including Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You, Are are exemplary, soaring rock singles which quickly became angst-ridden anthems for disaffected teens across the world. The quiet/loud formula that Nirvana made their own was stolen from the Pixies, as Kurt freely admitted; but Frank Black's merry crew never managed to hook listeners like Nevermind did.

The guitars are all crunched, phased and compressed to within an inch of their six strings, and the drum sounds are predictably accountant-tight and brickie-tough. Lyrically, aside from Polly, Nevermind rarely goes beyond woe-is-me or the cryptic: witness On A Plain's "The black sheep got / blackmailed again / forgot to put / on a zip code".

But even the occasional piece of nonsensical wordplay couldn't hide the beguiling, revelatory side of Cobain's writing. The aforementioned Polly is about a rapist, while Kurt said Something in the Way was about sleeping rough - although friends of his have since denied he ever did.

And there were Kurt's vocals. By turns haunted and hurting, caged and desperate, it's his scuffed, torn diary of a voice that you remember after the guitars have faded. Ultimately it's his fraying presence that ensures that Nevermind is a flawed classic, but a classic just the same.