In Utero

~ Release group by Nirvana

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
In UteroNirvanaCD12
  • CA1993-09-21
DGC RecordsDGCD-24607, DGCSD-24607720642460726
In UteroNirvanaCD12
  • GB1993-09-21
Geffen RecordsGED 24536720642453629
In Utero (MPO)NirvanaCD12
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsGED 24536720642453629
In UteroNirvanaCD12
  • US1993-09-21
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), DGC Records, Sub Pop RecordsD190124, DGCD-24607[none]
In UteroNirvanaCD12
  • US1993-09-21
DGC Records, Sub Pop RecordsDGCD-24607720642460726
In Utero (clean version)NirvanaCD12
  • US1993-09-21
DGC RecordsDGCD-24705720642470527
In UteroNirvana12" Vinyl12
  • US1993-09-21
Geffen RecordsGEF-24607
In UteroNirvanaCD12
  • JP1993-09-22
MCA Victor, Inc. (Japanese holding company, active 1991–1997; do not use as release label!)MVCG-1264988067012944
In UteroNirvanaCD13
  • JP1993-09-22
Geffen Records, MCA Victor, Inc. (Japanese holding company, active 1991–1997; do not use as release label!)GEFD-24536, MVCG-1264988067012944
In Utero (Universal M & L)NirvanaCD12
Geffen Records, Sub Pop Records424 536-2, GED 24536720642453629
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Geffen Records4246072720642460726
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsGEFD-24536720642453629
In UteroNirvanaCassette12
Geffen RecordsGEFC-24536720642453643
In UteroNirvanaCD12
DGC Records*CDGCD 2460777749757864902
In UteroNirvanaVinyl12
Geffen RecordsGEF 24536720642453612
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Geffen Records424536-2720642453629
In UteroNirvanaCD12
DGC RecordsDGCD-24607020831467124
In UteroNirvanaCD12
DGC Records, Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)*DGCD 246070208314671259
In UteroNirvanaCD13
  • -1993
Geffen RecordsGED-24536720642453629
In UteroNirvana12" Vinyl12
  • JP1996-10-23
Geffen RecordsMVJG-250044988067025791
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 690015775169029
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Geffen RecordsMMTCD 21866001210284734
In UteroNirvana12" Vinyl12
Geffen Records424 536-10720642453612
In Utero (limited edition)NirvanaSHM-CD12
  • JP2008-12-03
Geffen RecordsUICY-912254988005537638
In Utero (Back to Black)Nirvana12" Vinyl12
Geffen Records0720642453612720642453612
In Utero (Cream Yellow)Nirvana12" Vinyl12
Original Recordings GroupORG 033892001002332
In Utero (limited edition)NirvanaSHM-CD12
DGC RecordsUICY-751274988005677051
In Utero (20th anniversary edition)Nirvana3×12" Vinyl6 + 6 + 8
  • XE2013-09-20
  • GB2013-09-23
DGC Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0602537483464602537483464
In Utero (20th anniversary edition)Nirvana2×CD20 + 23
  • XE2013-09-23
DGC Records0602537539222602537539222
In Utero (20th Anniversary - Deluxe Edition)Nirvana2×Digital Media20 + 23
Geffen Records00602537502974
In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe)Nirvana3×Digital Media20 + 23 + 17
Geffen Records00602537533848
In Utero (20th anniversary edition)Nirvana2×CD20 + 23
  • CA2013-09-24
DGC RecordsB001903902602537502974
In Utero (20th anniversary super deluxe edition)Nirvana3×CD + DVD20 + 23 + 17 + 29
  • US2013-09-24
DGC Records, Geffen Records00602537462445602537462445
In UteroNirvana2×CD20 + 23
  • US2013-09-24
DGC RecordsB0019039-02602537502974
In Utero (20th anniversary Target exclusive)NirvanaCD20
  • US2013-09-24
DGC RecordsB0019191-02602537530007
In Utero (20th anniversary remaster)NirvanaDigital Media12
  • XW2013-09-24
Geffen Records602537528677
In Utero (super deluxe) (20th anniversary)Nirvana3×Digital Media20 + 23 + 17
Geffen Records602537528653
In Utero (20th anniversary super deluxe edition, 24-bit / 96 kHz)Nirvana3×Digital Media20 + 23 + 17
  • US2013-10-02
Geffen Records[none]0602537528653
In Utero (20th anniversary edition super deluxe boxset)Nirvana3×CD + DVD20 + 23 + 17 + 29
  • JP2013-10-09
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-758754988005787668
In UteroNirvanaBlu-ray12
DGC Records0600753453049600753453049
In Utero (2013 mix)Nirvana2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • US2013-11-29
DGC RecordsB0018959-01602537483471
In UteroNirvanaCD12
DGC Records0602537502950602537502950
In UteroNirvanaCD12
Geffen Records0602537502950602537502950
In Utero (20th Anniversary)NirvanaDigital Media12
Geffen Records00602537526840
In Utero (super deluxe) (20th anniversary)Nirvana3×Digital Media20 + 23 + 17
Geffen Records602537511648
In Utero (deluxe edition) (20th Anniversary)Nirvana2×Digital Media20 + 23
Geffen Records602537528646
In Utero (20th Anniversary remaster)NirvanaDigital Media12Geffen Records00602537502950
Promotion
In UteroNirvana12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Geffen RecordsGEF 24536 P
Bootleg
In Utero (red transparent)Nirvana12" Vinyl12
Geffen RecordsGEF 24536720642453612
In UteroNirvana12" Vinyl11Santa Records (Russian pirate label)AA 0004[none]

Relationships

artist & repertoire support:Gary Gersh
associated singles/EPs:All Apologies / Rape Me / MV
Heart‐Shaped Box
Pennyroyal Tea
covers:2013-09-13: Deervana: Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, USA by Deer Tick
In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety by Various Artists
Milkin' It by Various Artists
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 173) (order: 173)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 435) (order: 436)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 439) (order: 440)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/13859 [info]
reviews:http://www.metacritic.com/music/in-utero-20th-anniversary-edition/nirvana [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5b8c [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/N/Nirvana/Discography/In_Utero/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/26412 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nirvana/in_utero/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000097301 [info]
Wikidata:Q222001 [info]

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In Utero was released September 1993, the follow-up to the phenomenally successful Nevermind from 1991. This was Nirvana getting back to their rawer roots. It was as if once Cobain had achieved the success he would never publicly admit he craved, Nirvana could shed all pretence and be themselves once again.

They dispensed with Butch Vig's smooth, chart-topping touch, in exchange for indie-veteran Steve Albini's workman-like punk and indie anti-hero kudos.

It seems odd that a record something so unexpectedly successful could spawn something that so apparently attempts to be the opposite, but such was the staggering level of expectation post-Nevermind that Nirvana brilliantly seek to upset and confound absolutely everyone.

This is Kurt letting us under his drug addled, membrane-thin skin, into the recesses of his fragile mind, to play air-drums and head-bang with his demons, of which there are many.

It's a diary of the damage wrought by having an extraordinary dream come true but not coping well with the consequences. Cobain is tapping the listener into the competing urges behind the obsessive, manically-depressive, contradictory, bleak, vulnerable and lonely voices in his head.

In Utero noisily hops between feedback-drenched, searing barrages of emotion to complex and catchy, credible and clever pop-punk dissertations; underneath the sharper edges Nirvana's talent for melody and memorable songwriting are still alive and kicking.

Albini's production revels in the fact that the instruments aren't so much being played as being kicked around while having their necks wrung, he also captures a more charming, human aspect to Cobain's vocals and the painful persistence and desperation of his trademark screams.

It's powerful, personal, psychological, physiological, scatological, paranoid, frenzied and exhausting, beautifully frank and funny and poetic and infectious and disarming and saddening and upsetting and willfully uncomfortable. And great.