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…