started as a live band (don't all bands?)," wrote Krist Novoselic,
Nirvana's bassist. The new release, entitled From the Muddy Banks
of the Wishkah, from DGC Records features 16 songs recorded between
1989 and 1994, from Seattle to Springfield, Massachussetts, from
London to Amsterdam, in venues rangingfrom small American clubs
to the Reading Festival in England.
to know what one of the members of Nirvana wrote about this album?
Read on! Here are some excerpts from the liner notes written y
Krist Novoselic for the new album. "At the time, live shows were
our bread and butter (this being prior to the release of Nevermind
in September of 1991). We'd hit the road for months at a time...coming
back with one or two grand...to be split three ways. In those
days, that was about as much 'success' as we thought possible.
earliest performances on this album are brought to you courtesy
of a sound board cassette recording of a December, 1989 show at
London's Astoria. 'Breed' (then called 'Imodium') and 'Polly'
(the big rock version) are taken from this show..."
Creep" was recorded at a Halloween homecoming show at Seattle's
Paramount Theatre. This show was the last of a tour that immediately
followed the release of Nevermind.
'Been A Son,' 'Lithium' and 'Blew' were all taken from a show
at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 25, 1991.
The show was filmed and recorded on multitrack for Dutch TV. 'Spank
Thru,' this version having been recorded on November 19, 1991
in Rome, was actually the first Nirvana song."
the end of 1991, Nirvana toured the West Coast with Pearl Jam
and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. "The second show of this tour was
on December 28, 1991 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (just outside
San Diego). For whatever reason, our set was particularly aggressive
that night - 'Drain You,' 'Aneurysm' and 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
were all taken from this recording."
in 1992, Nirvana headlined at England's Reading Festival. "I have
to say that hearing tens of thousands of people sing along with
'Lithium' was a very cool moment in the history of the band. We
were having fun playing and decided to stretch the set out a bit
- enter 'tourette's,' a song which had been around for a few years
(and eventually found its way onto In Utero)."
Apprentice,' (recorded for "MTV Live and Loud"), 'Heart-Shaped
Box,' and 'Milk It,' were recorded during the 1993-94 In Utero
in all, both Krist and Nirvana's drummer, Dave Grohl, listened
to more than one hundred hours of tapes to select the tracks for
this album. The intention was to give people a taste of Nirvana's
presenting this record, we hope that the ultimate allure of Nirvana
(and especially Kurt) as well as the passion that we had - and
have - for the music we made is once again brought to the forefront...Crank
this record up and realize the bliss, power and passion...TOTAL
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