Nirvana Nevermind 20th Anniversary Reissue Out Sept. 27
Deluxe editions feature rare, unreleased performances
Nirvana (from left): Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. Below, original Nevermind album cover.
It’s hard to believe, but Nevermind is 20.
Nirvana’s September 1991 second album and major label debut was a phenomenal blockbuster that elevated the Seattle-area trio from regional cult band to genuine worldwide phenomenon. It hit number one within mere months of its release and ultimately sold more than 30 million copies. It became one of the most successful and influential albums of its era (or any other), but more than that, it was a musical milestone that signaled a seismic cultural shift (it destroyed hair metal and ousted Michael Jackson’s Dangerous from the top of the charts, which ought to tell you something).
That was indeed two decades ago now. To commemorate the anniversary, new deluxe editions of Nevermind will be released on Sept. 27 that contain dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities and live recordings, including a 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in its entirety.
Three such Nevermind reissues are offered—a five-disc Super Deluxe Edition (four CDs and a DVD), a double-disc Deluxe Edition (two CDs) and a standard digital/CD re-master of the original album.
The expansive Super Deluxe Edition is limited to 10,000 numbered copies in the United States (another 30,000 abroad). It encompasses:
- The original re-mastered album.
- Studio and live B-sides.
- The first full official release of pre-Nevermind demos recorded at producer Butch Vig’s Smart Studios.
- Boombox rehearsal recordings through which listeners can experience the sonic evolution of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” “On A Plain” and more.
- The “Devonshire Mixes”—the album as originally produced and mixed by Vig (as opposed to the commercially released final version produced by Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace).
- Two previously unreleased BBC recordings.
- The Halloween 1991 Paramount Theatre show (available for the first time and exclusive to this format on CD and DVD, which also features all four Nevermind music videos).
- A lavish 90-page bound book of rare and never-before-seen photos, documents and other visual artifacts of the Nevermind era.
The two-CD Deluxe Edition features:
- The re-mastered album and B-sides.
- The Smart Studios demo sessions.
- The boombox rehearsal recordings.
- The BBC sessions.
- A four-LP 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition with the same 40 tracks as the Deluxe Edition.
- •Digital versions of the Deluxe and standard editions.
The Paramount Theatre concert, transferred from 16mm film and multi-track audio, is the only known Nirvana concert shot to film. It will be available in a high-definition (1080p) picture and uncompressed 5.1 surround sound and stereo on standalone Blu-ray, along with DVD and digital long-form video formats.