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Ignore the legal wrangling, bad blood, feuds, even Kurt Cobain's suicide, behind the release of this long-awaited single-disc anthology of Nirvana's work, simply titled Nirvana, and focus on one simple thing: does it do its job well? Does it capture the essence of the most influential band of the '90s, the most storied band since the Beatles? Does it have all their best songs on one disc? The answer: kinda. The inherent problem with the disc is that it's difficult to compile Nirvana's best material by any chart-based yardstick, the way that the Beatles 1 -- Cobain's widow made no bones about the fact that she wanted this collection patterned after that hit, and to be as successful a catalog item -- did, since they didn't have that many singles, nor did their career need to be condensed like the Rolling Stones' Forty Licks since they only recorded for five years. Nirvana's best tracks -- not necessarily the same thing as Cobain's best songs, although they frequently overlapped -- were buried on album tracks, B-sides, stray singles, so there's no good criteria for why, say, "Dumb" makes the cut and "Aneurysm" doesn't. Even more problematic, Nirvana's three proper albums, along with the rarities compilation Incesticide and the acoustic MTV Unplugged, all have different personalities and sonic characteristics that don't necessarily fit well together, whether it's the gleaming Nevermind, the ragged indie pop band on Incesticide, or the stark despair of In Utero. So, what you wind up with is a record that has all the hits and many of the radio favorites, plus the very good previously unreleased final recording, "You Know You're Right," in a collection that is less than the sum of its parts. At 50 minutes, it's all too easy to concentrate on what's missing: "Something in the Way," "Polly," "Serve the Servants," "Verse Chorus Verse," "Dive," "Negative Creep," "Love Buzz," "Territorial Pissings," "Drain You," "School," "Lake of Fire," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?," and, most egregiously, the aforementioned "Aneurysm" are all prime candidates to fill out the remainder of the disc. Not all could have fit, but the presence of a few more tracks, along with placing "You Know You're Right" at the end where it belongs, would have made this collection not just stronger, but possibly definitive. As it stands, it feels like a bit of a cheap compromise and a wasted opportunity.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
You Know You're Right
00:03:37

Butch Vig, Producer - Jack Endino, Producer - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - ADAM KASPER, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

2
About A Girl
00:02:46

Jack Endino, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - Nirvana, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

3
Been A Son (Blew EP Version)
00:02:20

Steve Fisk, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - Nirvana, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1990 Sub Pop Records

4
Sliver
00:02:10

Jack Endino, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - Dan Peters, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1990 Sub Pop Records

5
Smells Like Teen Spirit
00:05:00

Butch Vig, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Krist Novoselic, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Doubet, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Grohl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Come As You Are
00:03:39

Butch Vig, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Krist Novoselic, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Doubet, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Grohl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Lithium
00:04:15

Butch Vig, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Krist Novoselic, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Doubet, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Grohl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
In Bloom
00:04:13

Butch Vig, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Krist Novoselic, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Doubet, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Grohl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Heart-Shaped Box
00:04:38

SCOTT LITT, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Weston, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - STEVE Albini, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1993 Geffen Records

10
Pennyroyal Tea (Single Mix)
00:03:35

SCOTT LITT, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - STEVE Albini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nirvana, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

11
Rape Me
00:02:49

Bob Weston, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - STEVE Albini, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Dumb
00:02:29

Bob Weston, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - STEVE Albini, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nirvana, MainArtist

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
All Apologies (Live Version)
00:03:45

SCOTT LITT, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kurt Cobain, ComposerLyricist - Nirvana, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
The Man Who Sold The World (Live Version)
00:03:47

SCOTT LITT, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist - Nirvana, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Ignore the legal wrangling, bad blood, feuds, even Kurt Cobain's suicide, behind the release of this long-awaited single-disc anthology of Nirvana's work, simply titled Nirvana, and focus on one simple thing: does it do its job well? Does it capture the essence of the most influential band of the '90s, the most storied band since the Beatles? Does it have all their best songs on one disc? The answer: kinda. The inherent problem with the disc is that it's difficult to compile Nirvana's best material by any chart-based yardstick, the way that the Beatles 1 -- Cobain's widow made no bones about the fact that she wanted this collection patterned after that hit, and to be as successful a catalog item -- did, since they didn't have that many singles, nor did their career need to be condensed like the Rolling Stones' Forty Licks since they only recorded for five years. Nirvana's best tracks -- not necessarily the same thing as Cobain's best songs, although they frequently overlapped -- were buried on album tracks, B-sides, stray singles, so there's no good criteria for why, say, "Dumb" makes the cut and "Aneurysm" doesn't. Even more problematic, Nirvana's three proper albums, along with the rarities compilation Incesticide and the acoustic MTV Unplugged, all have different personalities and sonic characteristics that don't necessarily fit well together, whether it's the gleaming Nevermind, the ragged indie pop band on Incesticide, or the stark despair of In Utero. So, what you wind up with is a record that has all the hits and many of the radio favorites, plus the very good previously unreleased final recording, "You Know You're Right," in a collection that is less than the sum of its parts. At 50 minutes, it's all too easy to concentrate on what's missing: "Something in the Way," "Polly," "Serve the Servants," "Verse Chorus Verse," "Dive," "Negative Creep," "Love Buzz," "Territorial Pissings," "Drain You," "School," "Lake of Fire," "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?," and, most egregiously, the aforementioned "Aneurysm" are all prime candidates to fill out the remainder of the disc. Not all could have fit, but the presence of a few more tracks, along with placing "You Know You're Right" at the end where it belongs, would have made this collection not just stronger, but possibly definitive. As it stands, it feels like a bit of a cheap compromise and a wasted opportunity.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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