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"Nevermind" was the second album from the Seattle trio and the first on the DGC label (it's predecessor "Bleach" was released on the Sub Pop label). It was produced by Butch Vig (also the drummer for the band Garbage) and mixed by Andy Wallace.
Nirvana's surviving members Krist Novoselic (bass) and Dave Grohl (drums) talk candidly about their past, the recording of Nevermind and about Kurt Cobain and the legacy that he has left behind. Also featured are exclusive interviews with the likes of Garry Gersh (A&R; DGC Records), Butch Vig, Jonathan Ponneman and Nils Bernstein (Sub Pop Records), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Jack Endino, and many more.
Drain You - the story behind the making of the track.
Going To Record In LA - The story behind why the band recorded Nevermind in LA.
Dave Grohl Joins Nirvana - The story of how Dave Grohl came to join Nirvana.
Polly (Live) - Polly live in concert.
Nevermind - The Album Sleeve - The story of the album cover including interviews with the cover star.
Track Listing (featuring excerpts from):
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come As You Are
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On A Plain
12. Something In The Way
Top Customer Reviews
The doc goes through the tracks with in-depth analysis, and also talks to Grohl, Novoselic, Butch Vig and others.
There's not much else to say about the piece, except that if you love Nirvana, you'll probably find this completely absorbing.
And check the deleted scenes, too; I was surprised at how much important stuff was there. The documentary itself is only 48 min., so I'm not sure why they cut out scenes such as the analysis of "Drain You"; a section about Grohl's joining of the band (it's tough to overstate the importance of that addition to the band); a funny anecdote about the band's stymied attempt to travel from Seattle to L.A. to begin pre-production; and a look at the cover art that actually talks to the baby on the album cover -- now a likable and very hip-looking teenager.
This installment in the series is one of the better ones.
The DVD features interviews of the surviving members Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl, album producer Butch Vig recreating the mixes on the songs, and lots of insight to the recording process of the album. There is also some critical analysis of the songs by a biographer and some journalists.
One of the coolest parts of the DVD is when Butch Vig separates each of the instruments from the songs and describing the recording process. For instance, "In Bloom" has multiple vocal tracks layered upon it. He first played the song with just Kurt's voice, then added Dave Grohl's vocals (high harmonies in the chorus), and finally doubled each of their vocal tracks to produce the finished product. Awesome.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of the main segments (totaling around 10 minutes long) In the beginning, there is a clip of the first live Smells Like Teen Spirit performance. Butch Vig goes into some detail on how he tracked the song. The last part of the segment talked about the making of the music video.
As far as the bonus material, theres some background history in the segments "Going To Record In LA" and "Dave Grohl Joins Nirvana". "Drain You" was cool since Butch Vig shows how elaborate it was to produce (5 guitars/funky sound effects/etc). And finally, the live version of "Polly" was a nice touch to the DVD.
The entire DVD does a great job of showing how each of the songs were put together. Butch Vig goes through about half the album in detail (to keep the running time resonable I guess) and there are lot of interviews to keep the viewer entertained. I definitely recommend this for any Nirvana fan.
one small complaint is that the flow of the footage seems kind of disorienting and vague at times, as one minute krist would be talking about how he and kurt smashed their gear to get off stage and close their set while the next minute butch vig will be telling a little anecdote about how he couldn't get kurt to double track vocals. this actually detracts from the overall value very little, however.
one other thing i missed in this release is the fact that the engineering aspects of songs such as "lounge act", "breed", "territorial pissings" (interesting in the sense that kurt plugged his guitar straight into the board), "on a plain", or "stay away" aren't to be found on this release. clips of most of these songs can be found on the release but there isn't much in-depth information about them. this is unfortunate, but this DVD dodges the bullet again and it doesn't ruin the experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible telling of an all time classic album. So much insight, and behind the scenes to the album.Published 12 months ago by macaroni
If you want to hear and see Albini and associated pertinent persons talk about making this, and spin the original masters and solo tracks and talk nutz and boltz (Pre-computerish)... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vee Dub
Well done. Really puts the late 80s, early 90s grunge movement and American society into perspective. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by R. Thomas
Great DVD watched around 12 times highly recommend !!! Must by this !! Great interviews!!! It will be worth your timePublished on March 30, 2014 by Vinny
I'm a huge fan of this series because they really take the viewer into the studio and have the producer of "Nevermind"(Butch Vig) take you through all the mastery of the... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Ryan
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