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 grunge bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain, 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Bleach Nirvana 4.2 21
1991 Nevermind Nirvana 4.4 40
1993 In Utero Nirvana 4 35

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Incesticide Nirvana 3.8 13
2002 Nirvana Nirvana 2.6 7
2004 With the Lights Out Nirvana 2
2005 Sliver: The Best of the Box Nirvana 5
2010 ICON Nirvana 1
2011 2 for 1: Incesticide / In Utero Nirvana 1
2015 Transmission Impossible Nirvana 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! Nirvana 3
1996 From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah Nirvana 3.5 17

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana 4.15 17
2005 Nirvana: Classic Airwaves Nirvana 1
2009 Live at Reading Nirvana 4 5
2011 Live at the Paramount Nirvana 1
2013 Live and Loud Nirvana 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Love Buzz Nirvana 2 2
1990 Sliver Nirvana 5
1991 Candy / Molly’s Lips The Fluid / Nirvana 1
1991 Here She Comes Now / Venus in Furs Nirvana / Melvins 1
1991 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 4 19
1991 Come as You Are Nirvana 4 15
1992 Lithium Nirvana 4 6
1992 In Bloom Nirvana 4 3
1993 Puss / Oh, the Guilt The Jesus Lizard / Nirvana 3
1993 Heart‐Shaped Box Nirvana 9
1993 All Apologies / Rape Me Nirvana 4 4
1994 About a Girl Nirvana 5 3
1994 Pennyroyal Tea Nirvana 3

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Singles Nirvana 3
2011 Nevermind: The Singles Nirvana 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Blew Nirvana 5 2
1992 Hormoaning Nirvana 4

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Chinese Box Set Nirvana 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Nevermind, It's An Interview Nirvana 2

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