Before there was the stratospherically massive Nevermind, Nirvana released a little album called Bleach on the Sub-Pop label. The production was scrappy, the songs themselves very raw, but the energy of the record enough to bring Kurt Cobain’s little three-piece band to the attention of the major labels.
It’s hard to believe that Bleach is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. I listened to the album a few weeks back and it’s as fresh and exciting as ever. From the lurching, stop-start of Floyd The Barber through the frenzy of Negative Creep to Cobain’s drawling delivery on Big Cheese…well, it’s safe to say that Bleach is my favourite Nirvana album rather than the megasuccessful Nevermind.
For fans of the band – original and new generation – you’ll be pleased to know that Bleach is being re-issued for the anniversary (and naturally to make the record company some extra dough – but hey, we don’t mind that when it comes to Nirvana, eh?). We got some info about the album sent across this afternoon, which I’ve included here:
Marking the 20 Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop are re-issuing the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 2, 2009 – released in the UK by Rhino. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl).
Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released by Sub Pop in June of ’89 and initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991 sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.
This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 48-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.
Now, I’m not normally one for jumping out and buying stuff like this, but I have a real soft spot for this album in particular. You’ll find me in a queue, purchasing the physical product on the 2nd of November. I wanna get a look at that inlay booklet!
Question: Finally, for Nirvana fans reading this – what’s your favourite Nirvana album of all time and why? Answers in the comments please!