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Classic Albums - Nirvana: Nevermind

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There possibly isn't an album in history that is as genre defining as NIRVANA's "Nevermind." Released in 1991, it single-handedly was responsible for the birth of what became to be known as grunge and has gone on to sell over 8 million copies in the US alone.

"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.

Bonus features:
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
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Polly
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On A Plain
12. Something In The Way


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Nirvana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OP1HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Another solidly-made, thoroughly interesting entry in the "Classic Album" series, this time focusing on Nirvana's landmark album, "Nevermind."

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.
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This DVD is a must have for any Nirvana fan. I picked this up and watched it over and over.

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.
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After reading the other reviews on here I decided to give my opinion. If your just a casual nirvana fan whos only looking for the music videos (which can easily be found on the net) then this is not for you. This is a documentary is based on the making of this incredible album, which why would anyone expect the videos to be on here? The purpose is to give a behind the scenes look at the making of this masterpiece. The new/ recent interviews with Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic are great! It is rare for them to speak publicly about Nirvana, especially dave, so these are a great treat! Some great stories and insight that have not been revealed anywhere else. But by far the best parts of the dvd is when Butch Vig (the producer) breaks down the trackings of the recordings, when he drops out the intrumentation and is just playing the Kurts vocal tracks, to hear just kurts voice on its own is incredibly moving. I highly recommend this DVD, it is by far the best Nirvana documentary I've seen. And Ive pretty much seen them all.
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i'm glad "nevermind" finally got a spot in the "classic albums" series. it's probably best to leave the story of a controversial and famous record like "nevermind" to a reputable name who actually have a budget and can get butch vig, krist novoselic, dave grohl, and thurston moore to appear in their dvds rather than a bunch of burnouts and junkies who maybe knew kurt in middle school. if you're interested in music engineering as i am, watching butch vig shave tracks off songs such as "in bloom" and "drain you" to reveal the individual vocal, guitar, and bass tracks naked is highly intriguing. the comments from dave and krist are interesting as usual as is the appearence of thurston moore from sonic youth, one of my other favorite bands.

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.
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