Nirvana - Nevermind (Vinyl)

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Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991, by DGC Records. It was Nirvana's first release on a major label and the first to feature drummer Dave Grohl. Produced by Butch Vig, Nevermind features a more polished, radio-friendly sound than the band's prior work. Recording took place at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, and Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin in May and June 1991, with mastering being completed in August of that year at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood, California.

Written primarily by frontman Kurt Cobain, the album is noted for channeling a range of emotions, being noted as dark, humorous, and disturbing. Thematically, it includes anti-establishment views, anti-sexism, frustration, alienation and troubled love inspired by Cobain's broken relationship with Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail. Contrary to the popular hedonistic themes of drugs and sex at the time, writers have observed that Nevermind re-invigorated sensitivity to mainstream rock. According to Cobain, the sound of the album was influenced by bands such as Pixies, R.E.M., the Smithereens, and the Melvins. While the album is considered a cornerstone of the grunge genre, it is noted for its musical diversity, which includes acoustic ballads ("Polly" and "Something in the Way") and punk-inspired hard rock ("Territorial Pissings" and "Stay Away").

It went on to become as famous as album could get....

I have many copies of Nevermind, including the Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition,and this edition is great. First of all, this gatefold is super nice and about time. The image is very clean, the jacket is nice and firm. More durable and less susceptible to creases. Next, the record came super clean, something many new releases miss on quality control unfortunately these days. The 7 inch record was clean and the jacket was sharp. I played the record immediately upon opening. In my opinion, the past Pallas pressing was excellent and affordable. The 20th anniversary edition was also well pressed and sounded great. I noticed the drums really sound crisp, the vocals sound in your room quality and the detail is obviously present. Base lines are very rich and deep in my opinion. My record collection is not world class, somewhere around 900 albums. They are a mix of repress and first press, with many somewhere in between. But anyone who appreciates vinyl knows that some records really fill the room and have amazing presence. I have dozens that stand out,this Nevermind Anniversary issue is in that company. My audio set is not that of a professional or millionaire, but it is respectable. My cartridge is an Ortofon red. I know there are better and more expensive setups, but most people don't spend 10k or more on a turntable, pre amp and speakers. So if you have a quality but modest rig around 1200 to 1500 bucks like mine, im sure you'll enjoy this record. Overall the jacket gets an A+ on image and construction for durability and presentation. The record itself is shiny clean, nice label, and flat. The record comes in a black inner sleeve. If you don't own a descent copy of Nevermind and don't want to drop 60 to 100 bucks on one, im fairly certain you'll find the 30 bucks well spent.

By: D.Stone

A1 Smells Like Teen Spirit
A2 In Bloom
A3 Come As You Are
A4 Breed
A5 Lithium
A6 Polly
B1 Territorial Pissings
B2 Drain You
B3 Lounge Act
B4 Stay Away
B5 On A Plain
B6 Something In The Way
C Endless, Nameless
D1 Even In His Youth
D2 Aneurysm

On yellow/black hype sticker:
30th Anniversary Edition
Limited Edition
180-Gram Premium Gatefold Jacket + 7-Inch
Newly Remastered