Bleach

~ Release group by Nirvana

Annotation

Total production costs for recording the album: $606.17.

The releases with catalog DAMP114 came in several versions:
· Black vinyl in a black/silver sleeve.
· Blue vinyl in a black/silver sleeve.
· Blue vinyl in a black/blue sleeve.
· Blue vinyl in a blue/silver sleeve.
· Purple vinyl in a purple/silver sleeve.
· Red vinyl in a black/silver sleeve.
· Red vinyl in a red/silver sleeve.
· Red vinyl in an orange/silver sleeve.
· Yellow vinyl in a black/silver sleeve.
· Yellow vinyl in a black/yellow sleeve.

The Russian SP34b and the Saudi Arabian EN-4563 releases were counterfeits.

The Japanese cassette release did not have a catalog number.

SP34 + SP73 was a limited edition swirled vinyl packaged with the with Sliver single.

For more info on vinyl version see this release

Annotation last modified on 2012-06-18 17:09 UTC.

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
BleachNirvanaCD13
  • US1989-06-01
Sub Pop RecordsSP34b098787003420
BleachNirvanaVinyl11
  • US1989-08-08
Sub Pop RecordsSP34
BleachNirvana12" Vinyl11
Tupelo Recording CompanyTUPLP65018615200611
BleachNirvanaCD11
Tupelo Recording CompanyTUPCD6, TUP CD65018615200628
BleachNirvanaCD13
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsGFLD 19291008811929121
BleachNirvanaCD13
Tupelo Recording CompanyTUPCD65018615200628
BleachNirvanaCassette11
Tupelo Recording CompanyRTD 301.0006.4 28, TUPMC 65018615200642
BleachNirvanaCD13
  • JP1992-08-26
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsMVCG-934988067007315
BleachNirvanaCD13
  • DE1992-08-31
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsGED24433, GEFD24433720642443323
BleachNirvanaCD13
Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada), Sub Pop Records98787-0034-2, SPCD 34098787003420
BleachNirvanaCD13
Geffen Records, Sub Pop Records424 433-2, GED24433, GEFD24433720642443323
Bleach (remaster)NirvanaCassette12
Sub Pop RecordsSP34a098787003444
BleachNirvanaCD13
Geffen Records, Sub Pop RecordsGEFD-24433720642443323
BleachNirvana12" Vinyl11
  • JP1996-10-23
Geffen RecordsMVJG-250024988067025777
BleachNirvanaCD13
  • DE2002-08-19
Sub Pop Records9878-70034-2, SP34b098787003420
BleachNirvanaDigital Media13
Sub Pop Records098787003468
Bleach (limited edition)NirvanaSHM-CD13
  • JP2009-06-09
Sub Pop RecordsWPCR-132694943674085736
Bleach (20th anniversary edition)NirvanaCD25
  • GB2009-11-02
Sub Pop Records5051865614623, SP8345051865614623
Bleach (20th anniversary edition)Nirvana2×Digital Media13 + 12
  • US2009-11-02
Sub Pop Records
Bleach (deluxe)NirvanaDigital Media25
  • XW2009-11-02
Sub Pop Records098787083460
Bleach (20th anniversary edition)NirvanaCD25
  • US2009-11-03
Sub Pop RecordsSPCD 834098787083422
Bleach (limited edition)NirvanaCD25
  • JP2009-11-25
Sub Pop RecordsWPCR-137264943674095544
Bleach (Reissue on white vinyl)Nirvana12" Vinyl13
Sub Pop RecordsSP 034098787003413
BleachNirvana2×12" Vinyl13 + 12
Sub Pop RecordsSP 834098787083415
Bleach (reissue)NirvanaCD13
  • -2009
Sub Pop RecordsSP 34098787003420
Bleach (reissue)NirvanaDigital Media13
  • US2011-11-22
Sub Pop RecordsSP34[none]
Bleach (deluxe edition, 24-bit / 96 kHz)NirvanaDigital Media25
  • US2013-09-26
Sub Pop Records[none]098787083484
Bleach (Deluxe Edition HDTracks 24bit 96kHz)NirvanaDigital Media25
  • XW2013-09-26
Sub Pop Records[none]098787083484
Bleach: Deluxe EditionNirvanaDigital Media25
  • -2013
Sub Pop Records098787083460
Bleach (Reissue, a lot of the runout text scratched out)Nirvana12" Vinyl13
Sub Pop RecordsSP 034098787003413
BleachNirvanaCD25
  • JP2017-08-08
Octave (Japanese), Sub Pop RecordsOTCD-90014526180422426
BleachNirvanaCD25
  • JP2020-07-22
Sub Pop Records, ULTRA‐VYBESPCD 834, UVPR-301184526180529408
Bleach (2009 re-mastered version)NirvanaDigital Media13Sub Pop Records098787003468
Bootleg
BleachNirvanaCassette13
Euro StarES 931
BleachNirvanaCD19Matrix011

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Love Buzz
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/13773 [info]
reviews:http://www.metacritic.com/music/bleach-deluxe-edition/nirvana [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bv63 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/cdx2 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/N/Nirvana/Discography/Bleach/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/26390 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nirvana/bleach/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000202932 [info]
Wikidata:Q218513 [info]

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With its title derived from a poster advising heroin users to bleach their needles before use, it's easy to look back at Nirvana's debut album of 1989 - famously recorded for just $606 - and conclude that all the warning signs were there. Collapse was inevitable, disaster just over the horizon. But then you listen to the record and fall in love, again, with a collection of scrappy, scratchy songs that comprised the foundation for one of the best rock albums of all time.

That bona-fide classic is Nevermind, of course - Nirvana's 1991 release elevated the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic (Chris at the time) and Dave Grohl to superstar status, aided in no small way by the runaway success of Smells Like Teen Spirit and the reach of MTV. But Bleach is an angrier, fidgety affair; it's the sound of a hungry band putting all they've got into sessions they couldn't afford to repeat. As such, compared to its successor it's a rough-edged listen, and the actual songwriting on show is at a developing stage, a lack of sing-along choruses limiting its mainstream reach. But the promise that sweats out from the cracks between songs, between the fractured riffs and guttural screams of Paper Cuts, the frenetic flailing of Swap Meet and the affectingly understated ardour of About a Girl, is incredible.

Cobain told Spin magazine, four years after Bleach's release, that many of its lyrics were throwaway, often written hours before recording. He had a point - there's not a great deal that's especially memorable - but the way Cobain delivers his syllables is perfectly indicative of how he must've felt at the time: disenchanted and disenfranchised, ostracised and alone. Finding love, and seeing his band rise through the ranks, would lead to a different-sounding Nirvana on their next album, but here there's a real sense that the writing comes from the darkest pit at the bottom of an acid-ravaged stomach. And this was before the heroin really took hold.

Though a historically significant recording given what followed it, Bleach is the least-essential of Nirvana's three studio albums. What makes this deluxe reissue worth the money, though, is the inclusion of a live set from 1990. Previously unreleased, the band's set at the Pine Street Theatre, Portland is an arresting listen, featuring pre-Bleach numbers Sappy and Spank Thru. Turn it up loud and lose yourself in the ferment.