Nirvana In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition) [Super Deluxe Edition] (3-CD + DVD + Book)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  GEF 18824

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Label: Geffen Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.53
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 9/16/93, p.63
4.5 stars - Outstanding - "...Cobain essentially works according to one playbook, but it's a winner no matter how he runs it....IN UTERO is a lot of things--brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once..."
Spin - 5/01, p.109
Ranked #13 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records".
Spin - 9/99, p.126
Ranked #18 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin - 10/93, p.99
"...IN UTERO is as reckless as anything since Rocket From the Tombs went down in flames....it's not liberation but its absence that gets illuminated in Nirvana's songs....setting out to make the last punk album, [IN UTERO] sounds like the first one instead..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/31/93, p.115
Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's list of 'The Best & Worst Records Of 1993' - "...In unleashed wails that truly sound like someone giving birth, Cobain does more than wrestle his demons in public--he strangles them...."
Entertainment Weekly - 9/24/93, p.90
"...IN UTERO makes it clear that the trio now has a signature sound ready for the patent office....Cobain writes terrifically punchy songs and [the band] ravages them into beautiful, brutalizing clatter..." - Rating: B+
Q - 7/01, p.90
Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".
Q - 10/01, p.73
Ranked #20 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q - 12/99, p.76
Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 1/94, p.82
Included in Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a mature, progressive, marvelous new record..."
Q - 10/93, p.114
4 Stars - Excellent - "...[IN UTERO's] songs confirm Cobain's genius with a tune....If this is how Cobain is going to develop, the future is lighthouse-bright..."
Melody Maker - 1/1/94, p.77
Ranked #26 in Melody Maker's list of the 'Albums Of The Year' for 1993.
Melody Maker - 9/4/93, p.31
"...the history of the last two fraught years weighs mighty heavily upon IN UTERO....it occupies a middle ground between the metal-edged, scum-punk spite of BLEACH and the 10-million selling, grunge-with-gloss killer that was NEVERMIND..."
Musician - 10/93, p.88
"...IN UTERO is a living, breathing, crapping beast of a record that eats expectations for breakfast..."
Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Mojo (Publisher) - p.66
Ranked #13 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "[U]ncompromising, uncomfortable, exhilarating art."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/03, p.76
Ranked #40 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "...Cobain's voice is frightening, like Rotten 17 years on..."
New York Times (Publisher) - 9/19/93
"...IN UTERO nearly topples under the weight of contempt and vitriol....there is a clear authorial voice on [the album] detailing a life in transition....Mr. Cobain [has been] turned nearly nihilistic by good fortune..."
NME (Magazine) - 8/12/00, p.28
Ranked #4 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".
NME (Magazine) - 12/25/93, p.67
Ranked #30 in New Musical Express' list of 'The Top 50 LPs Of 1993' - "...this attempt to re-invent the Seattle-ites as an unknown, low-fi punk group was doomed--Kurt Cobain's sense of melody was just too strong to be drowned in dissonance and noise...."
NME (Magazine) - 9/4/93, p.31
"...IN UTERO is a profoundly confused record...neither totally a self-destructive squall of hardcore nihilism...nor NEVERMIND II....As a document of a mind in flux, Kurt should be proud of it..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Serve The Servants (Albini mix/original release)
  • 2.Scentless Apprentice (Albini mix/original release)
  • 3.Heart-Shaped Box (Litt mix/original release)
  • 4.Rape Me (Albini mix/original release)
  • 5.Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Albini mix/original release)
  • 6.Dumb (Albini mix/original release)
  • 7.Very Ape (Albini mix/original release)
  • 8.Milk It (Albini mix/original release)
  • 9.Pennyroyal Tea (Albini mix/original release)
  • 10.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Albini mix/original release)
  • 11.Tourette's (Albini mix/original release)
  • 12.All Apologies (Litt mix/original release)
  • 13.Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip (ex-U.S. bonus track)
  • 14.Marigold (B-side, 'Heart Shaped Box')
  • 15.Moist Vagina (B-side, 'All Apologies')
  • 16.Sappy (from 'No Alternative' compilation)
  • 17.I Hate Myself And Want To Die (from 'The Beavis And Butthead Experience' compilation)
  • 18.Pennyroyal Tea (Litt mix)
  • 19.Heart-Shaped Box (Albini mix/unreleased)
  • 20.All Apologies (Albini mix/unreleased)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Serve The Servants (2013 mix)
  • 2.Scentless Apprentice (2013 mix)
  • 3.Heart-Shaped Box (2013 mix)
  • 4.Rape Me (2013 mix)
  • 5.Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (2013 mix)
  • 6.Dumb (2013 mix)
  • 7.Very Ape (2013 mix)
  • 8.Milk It (2013 mix)
  • 9.Pennyroyal Tea (2013 mix)
  • 10.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (2013 mix)
  • 11.Tourette's (2013 mix)
  • 12.All Apologies (2013 mix)
  • 13.Scentless Apprentice (Rio demo)
  • 14.Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Laundry Room demo)
  • 15.Dumb (Word Of Mouth demo)
  • 16.Very Ape (Rio demo)
  • 17.Pennyroyal Tea (Word Of Mouth demo)
  • 18.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Word Of Mouth demo)
  • 19.Tourettes (Word Of Mouth demo)
  • 20.Marigold (Upland Studios demo)
  • 21.All Apologies (Music Source demo)
  • 22.Forgotten Tune (Rehearsal)
  • 23.Jam (Word Of Mouth demo)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
  • 2.Drain You
  • 3.Breed
  • 4.Serve The Servants
  • 5.Rape Me
  • 6.Sliver
  • 7.Pennyroyal Tea
  • 8.Scentless Apprentice
  • 9.All Apologies
  • 10.Heart-Shaped Box
  • 11.Blew
  • 12.The Man Who Sold The World
  • 13.School
  • 14.Come As You Are
  • 15.Lithium
  • 16.About a Girl
  • 17.Endless, Nameless

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter [DVD]
  • 2.Drain You [DVD]
  • 3.Breed [DVD]
  • 4.Serve The Servants [DVD]
  • 5.Rape Me [DVD]
  • 6.Sliver [DVD]
  • 7.Pennyroyal Tea [DVD]
  • 8.Scentless Apprentice [DVD]
  • 9.All Apologies [DVD]
  • 10.Heart-Shaped Box [DVD]
  • 11.Blew [DVD]
  • 12.The Man Who Sold The World [DVD]
  • 13.School [DVD]
  • 14.Come As You Are [DVD]
  • 15.Lithium [DVD]
  • 16.About a Girl [DVD]
  • 17.Endless, Nameless [DVD]
  • 18.Very Ape (Live & Loud Rehearsal) [DVD]
  • 19.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live & Loud Rehearsal) [DVD]
  • 20.Rape Me (Live & Loud Rehearsal) [DVD]
  • 21.Pennyroyal Tea (Live & Loud Rehearsal) [DVD]
  • 22.Heart-Shaped Box (Original Music Video + Director's Cut) [DVD]
  • 23.Rape Me (Live on 'Nulle Part Ailleurs' Paris, France) [DVD]
  • 24.Pennyroyal Tea (Live on 'Nulle Part Ailleurs' Paris, France) [DVD]
  • 25.Drain You (Live on 'Nulle Part Ailleurs' Paris, France) [DVD]
  • 26.Serve The Servants (Live on 'Tunnel' Rome, Italy) [DVD]
  • 27.Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live in Munich, Germany) [DVD]
  • 28.My Best Friend's Girl (Live in Munich, Germany) [DVD]
  • 29.Drain You (Live in Munich, Germany) [DVD]

Product Description:

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar); Kris Novoselic (bass); Dave Grohl (drums).
Additional personnel: Kera Schaley (cello).
IN UTERO was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
"All Apologies" was nominated for 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and for Best Rock Song.
Personnel: Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar); Dave Grohl (drums).
Audio Mixer: Nathaniel Kunkel.
Liner Note Authors: Steve Albini ; Bobcat Goldthwait.
Recording information: BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (01/01/1991); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (01/01/1991); Music Source, Seattle, WA (01/01/1991); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (01/01/1991); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (01/01/1991); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (01/01/1991); Studio 3, Paris, France (01/01/1991); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (01/01/1991); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (01/01/1991); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (01/01/1991); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Music Source, Seattle, WA (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Studio 3, Paris, France (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (01/19/1993-01/21/1993); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (02/01/1994); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (02/01/1994); Music Source, Seattle, WA (02/01/1994); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (02/01/1994); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (02/01/1994); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (02/01/1994); Studio 3, Paris, France (02/01/1994); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (02/01/1994); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (02/01/1994); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (02/01/1994); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Music Source, Seattle, WA (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Studio 3, Paris, France (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (02/14/1993-02/24/1993); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (02/23/1994); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (02/23/1994); Music Source, Seattle, WA (02/23/1994); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (02/23/1994); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (02/23/1994); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (02/23/1994); Studio 3, Paris, France (02/23/1994); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (02/23/1994); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (02/23/1994); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (02/23/1994); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (03/01/1994); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (03/01/1994); Music Source, Seattle, WA (03/01/1994); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (03/01/1994); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (03/01/1994); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (03/01/1994); Studio 3, Paris, France (03/01/1994); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (03/01/1994); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (03/01/1994); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (03/01/1994); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (04/07/1992); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (04/07/1992); Music Source, Seattle, WA (04/07/1992); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (04/07/1992); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (04/07/1992); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (04/07/1992); Studio 3, Paris, France (04/07/1992); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (04/07/1992); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (04/07/1992); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (04/07/1992); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Music Source, Seattle, WA (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Studio 3, Paris, France (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (10/26/1992-11/??/1992); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (12/13/1993); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (12/13/1993); Music Source, Seattle, WA (12/13/1993); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (12/13/1993); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (12/13/1993); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (12/13/1993); Studio 3, Paris, France (12/13/1993); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (12/13/1993); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (12/13/1993); Word Of Mouth Studios, Seattle, WA (12/13/1993); BMG Ariola Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (12/23/1990); Laundry Room, Seattle, WA (12/23/1990); Music Source, Seattle, WA (12/23/1990); Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN (12/23/1990); Pier 48, Seattle, WA (12/23/1990); RAI Centro Di Produzione TV Studi Nomentano, Rome, Ital (12/23/1990); Studio 3, Paris, France (12/23/1990); Terminal 1, Munich, Germany (12/23/1990); Upland Studios, Arlington, VA (12/23/1990).
Director: Beth McCarthy.
Photographers: Jesse Frohman; Steve Gullick ; Neil Wallace ; John Skalicky; Kurt Cobain; Anton Corbijn.
Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience -- an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even though the band tempered some of Albini's extreme tactics in a remix, the record remains a deliberately alienating experience, front-loaded with many of its strongest songs, then descending into a series of brief, dissonant squalls before concluding with "All Apologies," which only gets sadder with each passing year. Throughout it all, Cobain's songwriting is typically haunting, and its best moments rank among his finest work, but the over-amped dynamicism of the recording seems like a way to camouflage his dispiritedness -- as does the fact that he consigned such great songs as "Verse Chorus Verse" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" to compilations, when they would have fit, even illuminated the themes of In Utero. Even without those songs, In Utero remains a shattering listen, whether it's viewed as Cobain's farewell letter or self-styled audience alienation. Few other records are as willfully difficult as this. [A 20th Anniversary Edition added was released in a CD/DVD version.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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