Nirvana!

Those of you who know me know that when it comes to music, nothing has held a longer and more special place in my heart then Nirvana, the grunge band. However, despite the joy of listening to “You Know You’re Right” when it leaked out on the Internet a few years back, anyone who knows a Nirvana fan knows how depressing it is not being able to hear any new material from the band (or what new material you find, it is about 10 generations back in audio quality).

Well, the wait is over. According to the Nirvana Fan Club web site, a Nirvana 3-CD + DVD box set will be released on November 23rd, 2004:

This is it, guys. The best news I’ve been able to post since this website started some eight years ago … A Nirvana box set will be released on November 23, 2004. This is the box we’ve been waiting for since the rumours about it first started more than six years ago. It will include 3 CD’s and one DVD, featuring “previously unreleased rarities and b-sides. Over 50 unreleased recordings including Kurt Cobain’s demos”. The DVD will also contain unseen footage and live performances. And, the whole thing comes with a 60-page booklet! I know this sounds just about too good to be true but here is the official info and all I know about the project right now:

NIRVANA BOX SET – 3 CD & 1 DVD
# Street Date: Nov. 23, 2004
# Features the hits, live performances, previously unreleased rarities and b-sides
# Over 50 unreleased recordings including Kurt Cobain’s demos
# Hours of unheard music and unseen footage
# Features a 60 page booklet. DVD with first edition only
# 3-panel digipack, front cover is a metal plate
# Closed ize is 26cm x 14.5cm x 2.5cm. Open size is 81cm x 14.5cm

I don’t have pricing, artwork or tracklistings at this time but hopefully that will be available soon. I also don’t know yet, if any singles, promos or videos will be released in connection with the box. All I do know is that what millions of Nirvana fans have been waiting for since 1997 or so is finally here. I really have no idea what recordings they have used to compile this set. Indeed, some of the Cobain demos must come from all the cassette tapes that he apparently left behind. The band also did a number of studio sessions which yielded songs that have yet to be released – although much of this material is already circulating amongst fans. It will certainly also be interesting to see what the DVD has to offer; perhaps Nirvana’s music videos and some live stuff. It seems unlikely from the description that an entire concert is presented on the DVD. It’s probably clips from various shows. In any case, this is a great day for Nirvana fans!

I cannot wait. This from all accounts will probably be the last unreleased collection of Nirvana songs. Time to break out Nevermind and In Utero for the 13,953rd time while I wait…

5 thoughts on “Nirvana!”

  1. As you said “ABOUT TIME!” I ;m one of the many who have been waiting years for this release. I just hope there is a alot of truely unheard music, because so called “unheard” Nirvana songs have often been heard in places like the outcestisides and any Napster like website, Let the powers at be give us some more powerful, sincere bliss and not the same songs we fans have heard many times on various different discs. I just wish Kurt was in charge of things again, It always amazed me how a beatiful, sincere work of art can be exploited to a point of indigestion.

  2. I agree with your entire post, although I have a few refinements that I hope you agree with me on…

    1) Official releases of songs that have been long bootleged. I don’t mind songs from the Outcestisides bootlegs, because they will be mastered properly and will sound much better.

    2) Tons of new unreleased material better be in this box set. We keep hearing quotes from various people connected with Nirvana that there were lots of material left over when Kurt died. I really want to know for sure how much is left that no one has heard.

    What I really wish for is for Dave and Krist to be control of Nirvana, not that witch Courtney. Dave and Krist would know how to carry the Nirvana legacy properly and how to release what is left in the vaults. Courtney just does it to fund her court cases.

  3. A fuzzy warm feeling inside, years of unearthing bootlegs and finally the chance to hear all this stuff in one go, with full on ‘big corporate’ sound quality (hopefully no more diabolical live tapings and endless hiss) and 21st Century style remastering. God I hope they don’t pull this one away or I’ll probably cry this time.
    On the other hand, curious to know how much of it will be totally new – not already spewed out on live bootlegs, the eternally beautiful Outcesticide 1-6 and miscellaneous session bootlegs – given I can list over 20 unreleased tracks and around 30 alternative versions of songs on my existing bootleg cluster. Praying there are still some good suprises.

  4. I AM STOKED TO HEAR THIS BIT OF SURREAL NEWS MAN, I WORSHIP NIRVANA, I AM OVER THE MOON WITH THIS BIT OF NEWS, I BROUGHT NEVERMIND WHEN I WAS ONLY 5 YO, THAT’S HOW MUCH OF A FREAK I AM OK, BUY, STEAL, BURN, I DON’T CARE I ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS 3CD DVD ALBUM BOX SET BY NIRVANA I LOVE NIRVANA, FUCK YES THIS IS GONNA’ BE AN AWESOME CHRISTMAS

  5. nirvana is the best band ever ever ever. i bought the box set.bit of a letdown but maby my expectations were too high. you’ll love the live clip of jesus don’t w m f a sunbeam…
    if anyone has the entire show from wich that clip is derived please send me an email

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