Nirvana: Nevermind Limited Super Deluxe Edition

Nevermind Super Deluxe Edition

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Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind, was more than just a musical achievement, it became a symbol both musically and culturally. To celebrate the twenty year anniversary, a re-mastered Super Deluxe Edition of the album has just been released.

The box set includes an astounding 70 tracks comprised of the original re-mastered album, an unreleased live show from the Paramount, and a wealth of mixes ranging from the early “Boombox” versions of songs, which sound like a garage band, to the very polished “Devonshire” mixes as well as producer Butch Vig’s “Smart Sessions.”  The collection does include a host of cool visuals and some unreleased tracks but it’s missing the big revelations being that most hardcore Nirvana fans are likely to have heard most of these tracks via bootlegs and the internet.  The overwhelming bulk of the tracks are mostly the same songs with slight variations, but it does underscore the enormous amount of hard work that the band put into creating and perfecting the album.

The special edition does have a few gems, most notably the b-sides and unreleased live tracks such as two great live versions of “Drain You,” great versions of “Sappy “ (the unnamed extra track from No Alternative) and “Here She Comes Now” from the Smart Sessions, as well as a couple of really scarce tracks from the Boombox Rehearsals like “Old Age” and “Verse Chorus Verse.”  Overall, the original album is a masterwork without question and while it’s definitely interesting to hear some of the stages of production for the songs, it’s not life-altering.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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